Survey reveals Top and Emerging Destinations for Weddings

A survey conducted by Dubai based event organiser QnA revealed Top and Emerging Destinations to say ‘YES’. Top destinations vary for couples in different geographic locations.

The global destination wedding industry is estimated at USD 80 billion, representing 27% of the global wedding industry which is valued at USD 298 billion. The biggest market contributing to the destination wedding industry is North America (NA), which contributes a whopping 30% or USD 24 billion to the market. The next big contributor is Asia, contributing 22% or USD 17.6 billion, followed by Europe’s 20% or 16.0 billion and South America’s 12% or USD 9.6 billion. Australia contributes 6% or USD 4.8 billion, and the Middle East (ME) and Africa contribute 5% or USD 4 billion each respectively.

Top geographic choices for destination weddings were again different across the surveyed geographic locations. Top and emerging destinations from each surveyed location revealed an interesting mix.

Geographic Location of CouplesTop DestinationsEmerging Destinations
North AmericaNew York, California, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Italy, Spain, and GreecePeru, UK, Ireland, Amsterdam, Bali, UAE, India, Las Vegas and Marrakech
South AmericaMexico, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Hawaii, and St LuciaItaly, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Portugal, France, and Spain
EuropeItaly, France, England, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Thailand, and CroatiaCanada, Brazil, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, UAE, and Las Vegas
AfricaDubai, UK, South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, and TanzaniaIndia, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and Australia
Middle EastUAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Lebanon, UK France, Saudi Arabia, Marrakesh, and TurkeyGreece, Prague, Thailand, Spain, Italy, and South Africa
AsiaThailand, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Singapore, India, and Hong KongVietnam, Italy, Turkey, UK, Bali, Macau, and Korea
Australia and New ZealandSingapore, Thailand, Bali, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, and AustraliaItaly, Greece, Hawaii, France, Los Angeles, and Vietnam

A common trend across the locations surveyed was the appearance of European countries and cities as either top or emerging destinations, of these Italy, Greece, Spain and France were regular mentions across all locations surveyed.

Interestingly, Mexico tops the list of preferred destinations amongst couples from both North and South America.

In Asia, Thailand tops the list as the destination of choice for weddings, drawing clients from India, Hong Kong, and Australia amongst others.

When it comes to the Middle East, UAE and Turkey were recognised as leading destinations for couples from Middle East and Africa.

When it came to African couples UAE, UK, Mauritius and South Africa were the leading destinations of choice.

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