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From 11 to 13 April 2016 Florence hosted 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.
Among the most important VIP wedding planners have been hosted, such as Vandana Mohan from Backstage Productions and Mohomed Morani from India whose eminent clientele ranges from Mittals from London (world’s most expensive wedding USD 76 million), Kevin Lee, Sharon Sacks and Marcy Blum whose impressive portfolio includes the weddings of American Professional Basketball player LeBron James and Savannah Brinson, Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
With a concrete reputation as a coveted brand, DWP Congress organized by Dubai based QnA International, has cemented its position as the Best Congress in the World for promoting Destination Wedding Tourism. With a strong start in Athens, Greece in 2014 and a terrific response in Mauritius 2015, this year DWP Congress moved in Europe and it has brought together la“crème de la crème ” wedding planners.
"With a strong start in Athens, Greece in 2014 and a terrific response in Mauritius 2015, this year DWP Congress moved in Europe and it has brought together la“crème de la crème ” wedding planners. We are pleased to host this initiative in the beautiful city of Florence, truly one of the top wedding destination in the world. Having 400 wedding connoisseurs – some of the finest names in the destination wedding planning industry from over 60 countries attending the event is a testimony of the popularity of this destination”. Said Ackash Jain, Director, QnA International.
Florence, known to many as the birth place of Italian Renaissance, is considered one of the finest wedding destinations in the world. In fact, this city has created a buzz having hosted weddings of celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Wilkerson, the daughter of Indian tycoon- Jindals, to name a few. For this reason Carlotta Ferrari, Director of Firenze Convention Bureau sad “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”.
The FCVB division Tuscany for Weddings is a unique opportunity for all who wish to organize a wedding in Florence or in Tuscany. It will provide the best suppliers and will support the client in each stage of the event organization, helping the client to find the best rate for any local service. Special doors will be open: unique venues and unconventional locations could be available for anyone who wishes to marry in Florence.
All the participants found a great inspiration during the congress, thanks to a strong synergy from QnA International and Event Partners of DWP Congress. Indeed Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau held more than 40 appointments with the best international wedding planners and during the event providers arranged a total of 2000 appointments, on a “one to one” basis.
Elegant and luxurious dinners were organized during th congress: Palazzo Vecchio – Salone dei ‘500, Villa Corsini e Villa di Maiano. In these, the participants admired beautiful fireworks and tasted delicious food. They got to know Florence the best way well and they caught every shade of Tuscany as a wedding destination.
A special thanks to Studio Photografico Righi for all the pictures in this article.