Part of the group of foreign travel agents and wedding planners in St Lucia for the Love Elevated Wedding Symposium
Wedding Symposium participants experience a Saint Lucia destination wedding
Goods on display by local wedding service providers
World class set up by a local Saint Lucian goods/service provider
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Association of Professional Photographers (SLAPP) is praising the Saint Lucia Tourist Board for conceiving and hosting the first LOVE Elevated - Saint Lucia Wedding Symposium at the end of September.
The event brought together international destination wedding and honeymoon specialists as well as local goods and services providers in an environment that engendered learning, the exchange of ideas and most importantly immense business opportunity.
“The Saint Lucia Tourist Board got this one absolutely right and has hit the ball well out of the park” stated SLAPP president Kirk Elliott.
Statistics presented by The Knot (theknot.com) show that in the US one in every four weddings is a destination wedding. Statistics also show that while the average amount spent on a domestic US destination wedding is U$62,500 this amount jumps to U$87,500 for Caribbean destination weddings – a U$25,000 or 40% increase; and further statistics show that the Caribbean is the number one destination wedding spot in the world, enjoying a 39% market share, with Mexico second at 24% and Hawaii third at 20% market share.
With Saint Lucia having won the prestigious “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” nine times in 16 years and “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” another four years (worldtravelawards.com), the island is definitely best in class for this lucrative vacation niche. In fact this niche has been extremely resilient throughout the current economic crisis and it is evident that the Saint Lucia Tourist Board not only recognizes this, but more importantly has just positioned Saint Lucia to reap tremendous economic gain from this niche while continuing to set the name Saint Lucia apart from any other destination in the world.
It is for this reason that SLAPP can’t stop singing the praises of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. Combine this with the amazing display of wedding offerings showcased at the symposium and there’s little surprise in hearing Elliott say, “Of all the international trade shows I’ve been to I have never seen one as well presented and executed as the Love Elevated Saint Lucia Wedding Symposium and since the symposium I am finally hopeful that we truly have a product that can help pull Saint Lucia out of our current economic rut.”
“But despite this amazing silver lining there is a huge dark cloud overshadowing our economic recovery and future growth,” lamented the SLAPP president, “and it is the fact that with hotels actively denying local goods and service providers access to these high spending brides Saint Lucia stands to benefit precious little unless this matter of restraint of trade is not allowed to continue.”
SLAPP therefore called on all affected Saint Lucians to continue the public debate on this issue, while calling on the government to bring an end to this restraint of trade so that Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians can enjoy the fruits of this economic opportunity which the Saint Lucia Tourist Board has so spectacularly created.