The first edi­tion of Travel Wed­ding Show 2016, hosted around 1,200 meet­ings between buy­ers and sup­pli­ers over two days at Le Meri­dien, Gurgaon

Micetalk - - EXHIBITION - ( in­puts by Ahana Gurung)

At the first of its kind show, where ‘ des­ti­na­tions’ and ‘ wed­dings’ min­gled, around 30 sup­pli­ers and an equal num­ber of buy­ers came to­gether. The par­tic­i­pants com­prised wed­ding plan­ners, cor­po­rates and tour op­er­a­tors. With pre- sched­uled meet­ings between hand­picked buy­ers and sell­ers, the event took place at Le Meri­dien, Gurgaon. The par­tic­i­pants saw op­por­tu­ni­ties in the im­mensely pop­u­lar ‘ des­ti­na­tion wed­dings’ seg­ment. Ex­plain­ing the con­cept be­hind this one of its kind show, Pu­nam Singh, Di­rec­tor, Travel Wed­ding Show, said, “We left no stone un­turned to make the Travel Wed­ding Show a re­turn- on­in­vest­ment event, pro­mot­ing knowl­edge- shar­ing, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­sur­ing vis­i­bil­ity to par­tic­i­pants. It was a con­scious de­ci­sion to keep it open ex­clu­sively for wed­ding plan­ning buy­ers on the first day. The tour op­er­a­tors met on the sec­ond day, thus en­abling sup­pli­ers to speak at ease with each of them.”

Sarika Bham­bani Rawal, Gen­eral Man­ager, Travel Wed­ding Show, said, “We con­sciously stream­lined both the days with dif­fer­ent agen­das to en­able the sup­pli­ers un­der­stand the unique needs of the wed­ding buy­ers and tour op­er­a­tors sep­a­rately. We were tap­ping prom­i­nent cor­po­rate buy­ers for the past six months and so we wanted to of­fer them the best of op­por­tu­ni­ties.” To in­form the au­di­ence about the in­creas­ing po­ten­tial of the in­dus­try, a speaker ses­sion was held on the in­au­gu­ral day with speak­ers like

Shaji Thomas, Di­rec­tor - Des­ti­na­tion Tourism De­vel­op­ment, Ras Al Khaimah and Guldeep

Singh Sahni, Pres­i­dent - OTOAI. Key note speaker Ra­jeev Jain, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Rashi En­ter­tain­ment en­light­ened the gath­er­ing about de­vel­op­ments in the sec­tor. “The wed­ding in­dus­try is flourishin­g at a growth rate of 15 per cent p. a. and is pegged at an es­ti­mated ` 250,000 crore or $ 40 bil­lion,” he said. Jain added that with In­di­ans spend­ing 80 per cent of their wealth on wed­dings, the sec­tor has proven to be a great con­trib­u­tor to the GDP.

With In­di­ans spend­ing 80 per cent of their wealth on wed­dings, the sec­tor has proven to be a great con­trib­u­tor to the GDP

About eight per cent of In­di­ans opt for des­ti­na­tion wed­dings from which con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity is the chief fac­tor while choos­ing lo­ca­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, Thai­land hosted 780 In­dian wed­dings last year where the aver­age ex­pen­di­ture on each wed­ding was four crore, Jain re­vealed. Ac­cord­ing to Thomas re­al­is­ing the po­ten­tial of the multi- bil­lion dol­lar In­dian wed­ding in­dus­try, the coun­try is keen to grab a piece of the pie. “We are just 45 min­utes away from Dubai; and In­dia is home to fan­tas­tic, lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels ca­pa­ble of host­ing larger- than- life wed­dings in Ras Al Khaimah. We en­cour­age you to host wed­dings here as it caters to all sorts of client gen­res, thanks to the in­fra­struc­ture and tourism prod­ucts like beaches.” The Travel Wed­ding Show is an ex­clu­sive pro­fes­sional B2B event ded­i­cated to the top lux­ury and wed­ding ser­vices in In­dia and abroad. As des­ti­na­tion wed­dings have gained pop­u­lar­ity, travel and wed­dings have de­vel­oped an in­ter­de­pen­dent re­la­tion­ship. This ex­clu­sively crafted B2B show brought to­gether the or­gan­is­ers' rich ex­pe­ri­ence in the travel and tourism in­dus­try and in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure to of­fer a unique plat­form to the travel and wed­ding in­dus­try. The Travel Wed­ding Show pro­vided the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment for both these in­dus­tries to join hands and do se­ri­ous busi­ness in a con­ve­nient place and man­ner.

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