…I am pleased to inform you that TTG Middle East & North Africa newspaper, is producing a report on Weddings and Honeymoons for the November 1 issue of the newspaper due to be distributed at the World Travel Market in London….
- Have you witnessed a change in demands/trends from the MENA couple on the occasion of their wedding? Civil wedding in Lebanon in particular is increasing exponentially
- In terms of honeymoons, which international destinations are proving popular for MENA couples and why? We have several Honeymoon segments: The upper Segment / Class are venturing to Bali, Seychelles, Maldives, Rome, Paris (The European cities of Love & Romance).
The medium segment/class is requesting the golden coasts of Thailand / Kuala, and some are hopeful to have a wedding dream at the Greek Islands, a “Hollywood-Hip” style like in the Mama Mia movie.
- Are there any emerging regional destinations capturing the MENA honeymoon market? There is a surge mainly for adventure amongst non-honeymoon customers; remote destinations and the South American countries as in Columbia, Argentina, Brazil.
- How important is personalisation and experiential travel to the honeymooning couple / Personalized services are extremely important to guests in general, to build & maintain a long term partnership. Apart from the fact that some Honeymooners / Travelers in general would like to have a brief explanation on Where to Stay, What to See, Where to Go, Where to Eat, etc in a brief but reliable manner. Others who are organizing a “full-fledged” wedding would for sure require a local presence of the agent, hands-on on each & every detail (from ground handling, air tickets, contingency plans, etc). “Conciergerie” services is new trend in this new economy.