Thailand expects increase in wedding and honeymoon travellers from India

Tourists riding elephants in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Pic: Shutterstock

THAILAND is predicting a large increase in wedding and honeymoon travellers from India, after wedding planners from major Indian cities visited the country on an annual familiarization trip.

The trip, which took place from March 21-27, saw the invitation of 17 planners from Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Bangalore. They toured Bangkok, Phuket, Khao Lak, Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Rayong and Pattaya.

During the trip, the planners got the opportunity to network with 31 Thai hotels along with 23 wedding services and attractions.

Thailand annually hosts about 300 weddings from India, or approximately one every two days. Each wedding party has around 100 to 600 guests, lasts three to six days, and can cost from US$280,000 to US$1.4 million (10 million Baht to 50 million Baht) per event.

“This is still only scratching the surface of the market potential. An estimated 15 million weddings are held in India every year with an overall expenditure of US$60 billion dollars. With the vast majority of the Indian population still in their 20s, many more weddings will come up in the years ahead,” said Srisuda Wannapinyosak, Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and South Pacific – of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).