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TTC Special: True love? Travel urgently to the Caribbean to get married

True love? Travel urgently to the Caribbean to get married

More couples are searching for wedding experiences beyond the conventional ceremony and reception. Photo: macsuga/123RF

By F. Martin

TTC Service.- It is said that love is the force that moves the planet. More and more Caribbean islands add that if that love ends at a wedding it would be excellent.

The so-called wedding tourism has been advancing in the region for some time. According to experts, this type of tourism moves thousands of couples in romance and millions of dollars.

A Last week report published by The Daily Observer from Antigua commented that tearful brides-to-be are among hundreds of holidaymakers forced to cancel their trips following the shock closure of one of the biggest all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. “Hundreds of holidaymakers – including many devastated wedding parties – have been left high and dry after one of the biggest all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean announced an unexpected shutdown”.

The newspaper reported that among the tourists have been forced to cancel their holidays, having spent thousands of pounds to book their trips was the British couple Mark Ingham and Sharon Osborne, both 55, who had planned to wed among the palm trees of the Sandals Grande Antigua resort on September 21.

But last week they were told their wedding was off.

“My fiancée hasn’t stopped crying since we found out. We’re absolutely crushed and just have no idea what to do. This was meant to be our big day which we had been planning for months and months and Sandals has ruined it. It had been our dream to get married in Antigua and now it’s in tatters”, Mr Ingham said.

Surely the couple ended up marrying somewhere else, probably in another tourism place in the Caribbean. The region has more and more paradisiacal places for the romance that ends in marriage, which in the Caribbean is not only a lavish show but also a true festival of music, color and exotic foods
For example, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism launches this month a luxury destination weddings publication, the “Cayman Vows” magazine. According to PRNewswire The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) has partnered with Cloud Nine Omnimedia (CNO), the U.S.-based media and publishing company and founders of WedLuxe, to launch this magazine “the first-ever definitive resource for couples and wedding planners looking for inspiration and guidance to execute world-class destination weddings and honeymoons in the Cayman Islands”.

In Bahamas, considered as one of the Caribbean wedding destination queen, was founded recently by the Bahamas Wedding Council in a ceremony at the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, Florida.

The council believed to be the first of its kind for the Caribbean is made up of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) officials, hotel suppliers and wedding experts, to gather intelligence and further grow the lucrative wedding and romance market.

Freda Malcolm, Director of Romance at the BMOT, said that “the Bahamas has always taken a proactive approach and serve as the bench mark for tourism in the Caribbean, and as such, the decision to form this vital council, is just another innovative step, it has taken to continue leading the industry and simultaneously, remain competitive as more and more destinations open themselves to tourism”.

In December 2015 the Islands of The Bahamas was named the “Leading Wedding Destination” at the World Travel Awards, in Morocco.

Tourism destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba are “exploring” with increasing depth in tourist weddings, using its extensive tropical beaches.

Another press article about the theme published by Travel Market Report said that more couples are searching for wedding experiences beyond the conventional ceremony and reception, and travel agents can benefit from both the large ticket sales and loyal client base that destination weddings and honeymoons can create.