This year Phuket has attracted at least 10 Indian couples to arrange their wedding. It is a good sign to start while Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office Bangornrat Shinaprayoon expects the market for Indian weddings.
Particular wedding of these Indian couples is between B5 million and B10 million. One Indian couple will invite about 200 guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket this February while on August another Indian couple will lavishly hold three days and three nights wedding party in a Phuket luxury hotel. The couple’s parents, Suresh Bathija and Somesh Batra, told Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha on January 4 the wedding will invite about 200 guests including business operators in shipping, manufacture, tourism, IT and financial experts.
These event is also being great chance for Phuket promotion to bring more investors in this island. Debbie Dionysius, assistant vice-president in destination marketing at Laguna Phuket, also agreed that numbers had dropped in 2011 while she hoped it can be better this year. Laguna Phuket is a popular location for Indian weddings, along with JW Marriott and Banyan Tree.
“India is a dominant visitor but currently Indian tourists are under five percent occupancy. We are encouraging family groups with children and wedding occasion,” said Ms Dionysius. TAT branches in Delhi and Mumbai have promoted Phuket as wedding destination that so far it received positively. Thai statistics itself surveyed there are 30,000 visits of Indian tourists last year while in 2010 whole of Thailand recorded nearly one million visitors are coming from India.
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