Call­ing all wed­ding sup­pli­ers

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A co-op­er­a­tive of lo­cal busi­nesses that work to­gether to at­tract weddings to the Whit­sun­days are look­ing for new mem­bers.

Weddings Whit­sun­days brings to­gether scores of lo­cal sup­pli­ers in one easy-to-use web-based di­rec­tory in­clud­ing cel­e­brants, pho­tog­ra­phers, hair­dressers, make-up artists, florists, dress­mak­ers, car hire com­pa­nies, cake mak­ers, cater­ers and venues.

The re­sult is that cou­ples can find all the in­for­ma­tion they need for a won­der­ful des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in one click, which en­cour­ages them to choose the Whit­sun­days over other wed­ding des­ti­na­tions.

The not-for-profit group is always look­ing for new mem­bers and in­vites lo­cal busi­nesses who are in­ter­ested in grow­ing the wed­ding in­dus­try to the AGM, on Tues­day, Au­gust 26, to find out what it's all about.

Weddings Whit­sun­days pres­i­dent Deb­bie Savy said the 'des­ti­na­tions wed­ding' mar­ket was worth about $115 mil­lion a year to the Whit­sun­days' econ­omy.

"Not only do weddings sup­port the lo­cal wed­ding sup­pli­ers but they also pro­vide a boost for ho­tels, tour op­er­a­tors, restau­rants and shops, as cou­ples and their guests stay and ex­plore the re­gion," said Mrs Savy.

"Since Weddings Whit­sun­days was es­tab­lished in 2007, the Whit­sun­day wed­ding mar­ket has grown steadily year-on-year and it is es­ti­mated that one in ev­ery five tourism dol­lars spent in the re­gion is from weddings.

"We in­vite more sup­pli­ers to join us to fur­ther strengthen our of­fer­ing, which is about pro­vid­ing brides and grooms with a com­plete wed­ding pack­age with ev­ery­one fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing ex­cep­tional ser­vice so we con­tinue our rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing 'the wed­ding heart of Aus­tralia'."

The AGM, which will be held in the Nau­tilus Room at the Coral Sea Resort from 9am, will in­clude an up­date on the past 12 months and the strat­egy for 2015. Ev­ery­one is wel­come - please email mem­ber­ship@wed­dingswhit­sun­days.com to RSVP for cater­ing pur­poses.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Weddings Whit­sun­days visit www.wed­dingswhit­sun­days.com

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