by Firenze Convention Bureau
From 11 to 13th April 2016 Florence will host the top wedding planners from around the world in 2016. The annual Destination wedding Planners Congress (DWP Congress), dubbed as the “the ONLY business focused platform for destination weddings”, is a by-invitation only arena for illustrious and eminent wedding professionals from across the world.
With a concrete reputation as a coveted brand, every year the extraordinary DWP Congress moves to an exotic new location and brings together “crème de la crème” wedding planners from over 50 countries to meet with Luxury Suppliers such as five star and boutique hotels and venues, DMCs, tourism boards and premium partners such as photographers, jewelers, florists, caterers, wedding décor, couture designers, furniture rentals, wine and spirits providers amongst other prominent wedding suppliers, in a powerful business driven environment. There is no other event in the world that brings together such a diverse and multicultural portfolio of wedding professionals who are some of the finest planners and service providers.
Commenting on Firenze’s bid, Ackash Jain, Director, QnA International, said
“Firenze Convention Bureau showed a great understanding and support for the unique concept of the DWP Congress and provided a competitive bid to bring the congress to their city in 2016. The quality of Firenze’s bid was excellent and reflected the commitment of all the local stakeholders. I would like to congratulate Firenze Convention Bureau (FCB) for emerging victorious as the strongest contender for 2016. We really look forward to bringing the world’s leading wedding planners to the breathtaking city of Firenze next year.”
Florence, known to many as the birth place of Italian Renaissance, is considered one of the finest wedding destinations in the world. Its old, charming palace hotels offer a setting of a different kind– where modern love mingle with past romances to offer a most dreamy, dramatic and enchanting environment. This city has created a buzz having hosted weddings of celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Wilkerson, daughter of Indian tycoon- Jindals, to name a few.
Carlotta Ferrari, Director of Firenze Convention Bureau, emphasizes:
“We are extremely happy for this achievement and proud to bag this opportunity for our city. Florence and Tuscany are already very popular and leading Italian destinations for International Weddings (42% of the Global wedding market share is in Tuscany, and 19% in Florence), but we know that the competition is very stiff and it comes from all over the World. Florence is the perfect destination for weddings, because of its location, in the heart of Tuscany and Italy, and because of the magnificent and outstanding Palaces and Villas, as well as the landscapes, scenarios and terraces.
We believe that the ‘best of the best’ Wedding Planners will have the same inspiration coming here, with the possibility to create even more unique weddings for their clients, in Florence. We would like to meet and have networking opportunities with all the most important wedding planners of the world. Sharing experiences and ideas it is always the basis for the individual growth, and we believed that we could not miss such a great opportunity.”
The Congress has a rich history with the attendance of the Crème de la crème of wedding planning, including the American “eventiste” Marcy Blum, whose impressive portfolio includes the wedding of American professional Basketball player LeBron James and Savannah Brinson; Yoshitaka Nojiri from Japan, the owner of Asia’s biggest wedding company; Sarah Haywood from UK, the international commentator for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton; Vandana Mohan, one of India’s top wedding planner who organized the wedding of Katy Perry and Russell Brand.
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