Mumbai: With a wide range of options right from beaches to quaint churches, picture perfect beaches and majestic forts serving as a backdrop for couples to live their dream wedding, the wedding tourism market in Goa is definitely on an upward swing.
Realizing the potential that this market holds and to strengthen the state’s presence in the segment, Goa Tourism has decided to host its first ‘Goa Wedding Show’ on August 16 and 17, 2014 at The Grand Ballroom, Delhi. This was announced at a press conference in Mumbai this evening, which featured Shri Dilip Parulekar, Hon. Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, representing the title sponsor Satyug Gold as its chairperson Ms. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, CEO of Satyug Gold Mr. Raj Kundra, celebrated fashion designer Mr. Wendell Rodricks, Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman – Goa Tourism Development Corporation and Mr. Nikhil Desai, Managing Director – Goa Tourism Development Corporation.
The Goa Wedding Show 2014 aims at boosting tourism in Goa by tapping into the emerging destination wedding market in India. Exhibitors will include wedding planners, hotels, event managers, vendors, fashion designers, spas, travel agencies, hotels, photographers/videographers, hair and make-up artists and artist managers. The organizers hope that this experience will help increase trade opportunities for local vendors in Goa.
Shri Dilip Parulekar, Hon. Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, said “The Indian wedding market is valued at $38 billion a year and is expected to grow 25-30 percent annually. We hope that this initiative will serve as a platform to bring together the best of Goa and showcase what makes the state such a viable wedding destination. We are optimistic about the success of this event and plan to make it an annual property.”
Ms. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, added, “A wedding is one of the most important moments in a girl’s life and the destination is as important as the occasion itself. Goa is one of my favourite destinations. The best part about this state is that you have everything right from beaches to history and a lot of nature. I have attended several weddings in Goa and each has been different from the other. And every time I have returned with a sense of amazement that redefines my perception of a dream wedding.”
Goan fashion designer Mr. Wendell Rodricks, who has witnessed and been a part of several weddings in Goa, remarked, “Organizing your dream wedding takes a certain amount of time and it is heartening to note that you can get all that you want under one roof in Goa. According to me, this along with the state’s natural beauty and varied landscapes makes it a dream wedding destination.”
From its spectacular architecture to its dreamy beaches, Goa has emerged as one of India’s best wedding destination, providing hundreds of picturesque locations and unique experiences. The Goa Wedding Show 2014 will serve as an optimum marketing tool that will give access to potential clients within a short period of time.