The South Aegean islands were introduced to some of the world’s leading wedding planners during the 7th Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress 2021, that took place on Rhodes earlier in November.
The DWP Congress was held after two years of absence due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and offered international wedding designers the opportunity to celebrate the market’s reopening as well as proceeded with networking activities and forge new partnerships.
Addressing 350 attendees from 40 countries, South Aegean Governor George Hatzimarkos referred to the advantages of the South Aegean Region and Rhodes as wedding destinations.
“The destination has a lot to offer to luxury weddings and honeymoon travel planners for 2022. It is all here in the region… An endless list of choices, from professional wedding planners and local DMC professionals to luxury hotels, yachts, helicopters, luxury cars, restaurants, clothing and photographers,” he said.
Another very important factor, according to Hatzimarkos, is the stable weather with long mild seasons of 250 plus sunny days.
Furthermore, Rhodes offers easy connection with most countries via direct international flights at least from March to November, while it is a safe destination, shaping and implementing hygiene protocols that facilitate the visit of millions of guests.
Hatzimarkos also referred to Greece’s waterways network that is under development and will include 118 ports in the South Aegean with many connection options.
Top wedding planners on Rhodes
The DWP Congress 2021 included over 30 hours of networking activities and more than 5,000 meetings.
Participants had the opportunity to get in touch with top wedding planners including Kevin Lee, who has designed weddings and events for politicians and celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian; Ali Bakhtiar, wedding planner of royal families from the Middle East; Vandana, one of India’s top wedding planners; and Alain Hadife, a leading professional of the Lebanese wedding industry.
The South Aegean Region welcomed the congress’ participants to Rhodes with a theater and dance performance by the Terpsichore Folklore Association of Kalythies Rhodes.
It was organized in collaboration with the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), the Region of South Aegean and the Municipality of Rhodes.