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TTC Special: Wedding Tourism Caribbean top trend

TTC Special: Wedding Tourism Caribbean top trend

The Caribbean weddings destinations have grown tremendously in popularity over the past 10 years. Photo: Olesia Bilkei/123rf

By F.Martin

TTC Service.- Jamaica has launched a new campaign on wedding tourism, a rapidly advancing modality throughout the Caribbean.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has partnered with wedding experts to showcase the best wedding honeymoon packages and services across the region.

The JBT announced that running from September 7 to 9 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, a inaugural wedding event will include presentations from the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

The JTB will also host UK wedding specialists with visits to the island’s key attractions and networking sessions at the expo incorporated into the itinerary.

The event will close with an awards ceremony that will celebrate the Caribbean’s best wedding and honeymoon service providers, resorts and destinations.

The Caribbean weddings destinations have grown tremendously in popularity over the past 10 years. Many brides and grooms are getting their friends and family together in tropical destinations to say their “I do.”

Experts says the most popular places for U.S. citizens to have destination weddings are in the Caribbean and Hawaii.

Any place that requires a passport drops lower on the popularity list since most brides and grooms-to-be consider the fact that not all of their guests might have a passport.

However, it costs twice as much money, and takes three times as long, to get to Hawaii from the East coast. And for many wedding guests, spending a full day traveling on each end of the trip is more vacation time than they can afford to spend to attend a wedding as a guest.

Weddings in Hawaii tend to be more expensive than weddings in the Caribbean overall.

The distance makes a difference to your wedding budget.

Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, St Lucia, Aruba and Cayman Islands are in the select list of the best Caribbean destinations for weddings.

Jamaica offers all-inclusive resorts with ready-made wedding packages, but customers also have more expensive private options.

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