Dominica on the Map to host Weddings and Honeymoons
The official Wedding and Honeymoon Stakeholders Briefing was formally held on Wednesday 20th at the Garraway Hotel.
Over the past decade, Destination Weddings have evolved from a cost cutting trend to a booming market within the billion dollar wedding industry.
Statistics indicate that more than one out of every ten couples make the choice to say “I do” outside of their country of residence. Based on the said trend, the Weddings and Honeymoon market has been identified as an important niche market for Dominica which could contribute significantly to the growth in visitor arrivals and expenditure.
Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper, said between 2004 -2009, 21 Marriage Licenses were prepared and in 2008, 82 licenses were completed.
Mr. Piper noted, if a party of 20 comes for a destination wedding, Dominica would have welcomed six thousand, five hundred and sixty people. Antigua would have welcomed fifty two thousand and nine hundred people and St. Lucia, one hundred and eighty two thousand.
Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford, added that this briefing is a clear indication that we are ready to take advantage of great opportunities.
The Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs who is the agency responsible for the issuance of Marriage License, will adopt the refocused approach to the marriage license process as of March 1st 2013.
Mr. Ian Douglas, Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs, says the recession has not affected Dominica’s market. He strongly believes, Dominica can compete with other countries and can attract more revenue with this niche.
He also suggested that a wedding could be held in the Kalinago Territory as it has never been done before.
“We are selling the experience! Not the geographical attributes,” he stated.
Mr. Douglas says overall, couples spend at least fifty thousand dollars on their dream wedding and eight thousand on their honeymoon.