- World’s top destination wedding planners and the wedding tourism industry to head to Mexico for 2018 DWP Congress
The 5th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress, the world’s largest business to business platform for destination wedding industry professionals, will take place from April 10 – 12 2018, in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Los Cabos Tourism Board along with the Mexico Tourism Board has successfully won the bid to host this one of its kind international congress for the high spending and extremely lucrative destination wedding market.
Commenting on Los Cabos’ bid, Ackash Jain, Director of QnA Global, headquartered in Dubai, organizers of this prestigious event, said, “We are pleased to announce Los Cabos Tourism Board as a winner for the 2018 edition. As the organizers of the DWP Congress, our objective is to showcase top destinations for weddings globally to high end wedding planners and the biggest names in the luxury wedding business from literally four corners of the world. Los Cabos Tourism Board has shown tremendous enthusiasm and submitted an excellent bid to bring this global initiative to their destination in 2018. The bid showcased the best the destination has to offer to these top buyers and left no stones unturned to provide an unforgettable experience to the global destination wedding connoisseurs.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the congress to the Americas after having successfully hosted the past editions in Europe, Africa and Asia and select Mexico as the first Country in the region to host this by invitation only avant-garde initiative. Mexico is a world of its own and provides a stunning backdrop for any type of destination wedding from beaches to deserts to castles to vineyards and so much more. We are really looking forward to putting Los Cabos on the luxury wedding world map and cementing its position as the one of world’s leading destination for weddings by bringing the biggest names from Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East along with the Americas to their amazing destination next year!”, added Ackash Jain, Director, QnA Global.
The Congress will bring together over 600 of the wedding world’s elite from more than 65 countries to Mexico – including celebrity wedding planners, royalty wedding specialists and destination wedding experts to meet with global creative partners and wedding suppliers – from tourism boards and convention centres to exquisite hotels, palaces and chateaus, top notch destination wedding photographers, high end couture designers, best in the business DMCs and EMCs, luxury brands, exclusive jewellers, global airlines, entertainment and production companies, and many more.
Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Luis Genaro Ruiz Hernández, said: “We are very excited to host the renowned DWP Congress and to have won the bid for the 2018 edition. Los Cabos has plenty to offer the world’s luxury wedding segment, from its turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez to its natural beauty, elevated amenities, remarkable beachfront settings, great service, luxurious accommodations and wide range of wedding venues, making Los Cabos a breath-taking backdrop for a luxury destination wedding. From an intimate ceremony on one of Cabo San Lucas’ scenic beaches or a glamorous villa, to a black-tie event at a high-end hotel, Los Cabos sets the scene with fantastic year-round weather, gorgeous beaches, friendly hospitality, a wide range of wedding venues and outstanding wedding suppliers.”
Rodrigo Esponda, MD, Los Cabos Tourism Board said “The infrastructure of Los Cabos makes the destination very attractive for these types of events. Los Cabos has gained popularity in recent years as being the most exclusive destination in Mexico and is considered a Nirvana for celebrities who are looking for luxury and privacy.”
350,000 couples around the world tie the knot overseas every year, and according to recent stats, 9% of these were hosted in Mexico. In the last five years’ destination weddings have increased by 50%, in Mexico.
Thanks to its stunning venues, connectivity to the US and competitive packages, weddings in Mexico are gaining popularity with the average cost per person ranging between $1,000 and $3,000, inclusive of transportation, accommodation and experiences.
Capitalising on its status as one of the world’s most romantic wedding destinations, Mexico has also witnessed a rise in the number of luxury hotel brands operating in the country.
Recent openings in the host destination Los Cabos have included the upscale Paradisus, Grand Velas, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences and Krystal Grand. Luxury brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Solaz, Montage, Nobu, Hard Rock Hotel, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa, Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas, Le Blanc Spa Resort, and Park Hyatt, are anticipated openings over the next few years.
“The Destination Wedding Planners Congress is one of the world’s best platforms for wedding planners and pushes the standards of excellence in the luxury wedding industry. By holding this gathering in Los Cabos, we welcome attendees to experience the destination first hand as one of the most exclusive and sublime wedding locales,” Hector Flores Santana, CEO, Mexico Tourism Board concluded.