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Wedding and Honeymoon Tourism - International - March 2012

Crude marriage rates in several countries around the world are in decline. In addition, many people are still dealing with the fallout from the current global economic crisis. For many, this translates as less disposable income, higher domestic bills, tighter household budgets and worries about job security. Perhaps surprisingly, the combined impact of these factors on the wedding and honeymoon tourism industry worldwide has not been too severe. Some destinations popular with to-be-weds and newly-weds alike experienced a general decline in international tourist arrivals and/or international tourism receipts in 2008 and/or 2009. Despite this, the wedding and honeymoon tourism niche remains strong. Destination weddings are often cheaper than traditional weddings held near the family home, so this type of tourism actually looks set to become more popular.

Honeymoon tourism is also bearing up well and continues to be a high-yield market, increasingly fuelled by the desire for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate a new marriage. Although honeymoons are becoming more diverse, for example, with many newly-weds seeking a more active or adventurous element to begin their journey through married life, the biggest demand still comes from beach-based holidays where relaxation and luxury are key. Keen pricing and increased competition means that those with a lower budget can potentially buy into ‘exotic’ overseas honeymoons, with everything from good three-star hotels and resorts to budget-busting ultra-exclusive five-star properties all part of the mix.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

          • The broader tourism context
            • Figure 1: International tourism arrivals, by region of origin, 1990-2012
            • Figure 2: International tourism's top spenders, 2009-12
        • The Business of Weddings and Honeymoons

            • Figure 3: Annual number of marriages in the ten countries with the world’s biggest outbound tourism markets, 2007-12
          • The domestic wedding industry
            • The propensity for destination weddings
              • Honeymoons
              • Market Characteristics

                • Socio-demographics
                  • Expenditure
                    • Figure 4: Tourism earnings in a sample of popular wedding/honeymoon destinations, 2007-12
                  • Seasonality
                    • Figure 5: Seasonality in a sample of popular wedding and honeymoon destinations, by international arrivals, 2010
                    • Figure 6: Seasonality in a sample of popular wedding and honeymoon destinations, by %, 2010
                  • Length of stay
                    • Figure 7: Average length of stay* in a sample of popular wedding/honeymoon destinations, 2006-12
                • Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

                  • The current economic climate
                    • Figure 8: GDP in the ten countries with the biggest outbound tourism markets, 2006-10
                    • Figure 9: GDP % growth in the ten countries with the biggest outbound tourism markets, 2006-10
                  • Popular wedding and honeymoon destinations
                    • Figure 10: International arrivals in a sample of popular wedding and honeymoon destinations, 2006-12
                  • Africa
                    • Mauritius
                      • Figure 11: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Mauritius, 2006-12
                    • Industry insight: honeymoon choices
                      • Seychelles
                        • Figure 12: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Seychelles, 2007-12
                      • Industry insight: the influence of celebrity
                        • South Africa
                          • Figure 13: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to South Africa, 2009-12
                        • Americas
                          • Caribbean
                            • Figure 14: Tourist arrivals at Caribbean destinations, 2010
                            • Figure 15: Travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP in Caribbean destinations, 2012
                          • Mexico
                            • Figure 16: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Mexico, 2009-12
                          • US
                            • Figure 17: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to the US, 2007-12
                            • Figure 18: Visitors to Hawaii, by purpose of visit, 2009-10*
                          • Asia Pacific
                            • Australia
                              • Figure 19: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Australia, 2009-12
                            • Fiji
                              • Figure 20: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Fiji, 2006-12
                            • Indonesia
                              • Figure 21: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Indonesia, 2006-12
                            • Maldives
                              • Figure 22: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Maldives, 2009-12
                            • Thailand
                              • Figure 23: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to Thailand, 2006-12
                            • Europe
                              • France
                                • Figure 24: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to France, 2008-12
                              • Italy
                                • Figure 25: Leading source markets for international tourists to Italy, by overnight stays, 2006-12
                              • Industry Insight: why get married abroad?
                                • UK
                                  • Figure 26: Leading source markets for international tourist arrivals to UK, 2006-12
                                • Middle East
                                  • Dubai
                                    • Figure 27: Leading source markets for tourist arrivals to Dubai, 2006-12
                                  • In the news
                                  • Specialist Travel Agents: an industry insight

                                      • The value of a specialist
                                      • What Next?

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                                        Wedding and Honeymoon Tourism - International - March 2012

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