In­dian cou­ples en­joy lux­ury with wed­ding venues of An­talya

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

TURKEY’S re­sort city of An­talya has be­come a top des­ti­na­tion for In­dian cou­ples ty­ing the knot in lav­ish, mil­lion-dol­lar wed­dings.

The city has al­ready hosted 12 such wed­dings this year, with a num­ber of book­ings al­ready placed for the next year.

Even the low­est-bud­get wed­ding has seen In­dian cou­ples spend at least $500,000. The guests pre­fer the city’s unique na­ture and the sea and were very im­pressed by the all-in­clu­sive ho­tels and re­sorts.

Bünyat Öz­pak, the man­ag­ing part­ner of In­ven­tum Global, one of Turkey’s lead­ing MICE - meet­ings, in­cen­tives, con­fer­ences and ex­hi­bi­tions - op­er­a­tors for Hindu wed­dings, said that they had dif­fi­culty ex­plain­ing to their In­dian guests they could ben­e­fit from all fa­cil­i­ties - in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and drinks; for a sin­gle fee. “The way we of­fer allinclu­sive ser­vice is some­thing new for them. We have ad­justed our costs very well. They were very sur­prised to hear that,” he said.

He added that wed­ding cer­e­monies are very im­por­tant events for In­dian fam­i­lies. Öz­pak said that fam­i­lies start to save money for wed­ding cer­e­monies as soon as their chil­dren are born. He at­trib­uted this to the op­u­lence of In­dian wed­ding cer­e­monies.

“An­talya has been on the rise as a destina- tion for In­dian wed­dings in re­cent years. Our In­dian guests pre­fer a lot of col­ors and a lot of spices. So, we fly in spe­cial chefs as well as tons of sup­plies from In­dia for wed­ding cer­e­monies,” he said.

Öz­pak said that they have al­ready started to re­ceive book­ings for 2019 and ev­ery­thing has pro­gressed well so far. “We have re­ceived book­ings for 11 wed­dings. We have also been dis­cussing an­other 25 wed­dings. A few of the wed­dings that we have been paid for al­ready are very im­por­tant and will make a tremen­dous im­pres­sion. One of them will be for a world-renowned busi­ness­man. If noth­ing goes wrong, we plan to hold 40 to 45 wed­dings next year,” he said. He said that they have been mak­ing a great ef­fort to bring more In­dian wed­dings to An­talya, say­ing that they were sat­is­fied with the gen­eral course of af­fairs.

“We still have some prob­lems that we could not over­come,” Öz­pak said about the visa re­quire­ments for In­dian tourists. “It is a ma­jor prob­lem and we lose a lot of time. We do ex­pect a lot more In­dian tourists but they need visas. They have also com­plained about this sit­u­a­tion. If we want to bring in more In­dian tourists, we should ei­ther re­move visa re­quire­ments or switch to an elec­tronic visa sys­tem as we did for Chi­nese tourists.”

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