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Wedding/Honeymoon Tourism Worldwide - July 2018

"Due to the fact that a destination wedding is a ‘one-stop shop’ – ie everything from the officiant to the flowers can be arranged by a hotel or a resort – the burden of organising the event falls on the venue, rather than on the couple. Depending on the range of services it offers, the designated property can plan all the details, far from the prying eyes of people who want to interfere in the couple’s plans. If the wedding is to be held far from where the bride or groom’s family lives, it is harder for them to become ‘involved’.”
- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • Why are Millennials such an important demographic for the tourism industry? 
  • What are the restrictions against getting married on a cruise?
  • Why are church weddings losing their appeal?
  • What makes the Caribbean so popular?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

        • To have and to hold
        • A Niche within a Niche

            • Definitions
            • Locations: Many Guises

              • What is the Wedding/Honeymoon Industry Worth?

                  • The US
                    • The UK
                    • The International Tourism Industry

                        • Figure 1: Top 10 destinations worldwide for tourism arrivals, 2014-16
                    • Popular Wedding/Honeymoon Destinations

                        • Figure 2: International tourist arrivals, selected wedding/honeymoon destinations, 2017
                    • Tourism an Economic Driver

                        • Figure 3: Tourism revenues for selected wedding/honeymoon destinations, 2012-16
                        • Figure 4: Travel & tourism economy showing direct & total contribution to GDP of selected wedding/honeymoon destinations, 2017
                    • The Caribbean: A Leading Wedding/Honeymoon Destination

                        • Where do the tourists come from?
                          • Figure 5: Source markets for tourism to the Caribbean, 2012-16
                        • The Bahamas
                          • Legalities
                            • Jamaica
                              • Legalities
                              • The US: An Embarrassment of Riches

                                  • Figure 6: Top 10 source market to the US, 2016
                                • Cross-border commuting
                                  • Las Vegas and Hawaii
                                    • Las Vegas
                                      • Hawaii
                                      • Europe: The Eternal Wedding and Honeymoon Destination

                                          • Tuscany and Cyprus
                                            • Tuscany
                                              • Legalities
                                                • Cyprus
                                                  • Legalities
                                                  • Weddings and Honeymoons in ‘Exotic’ Destinations

                                                      • The Maldives
                                                        • Legalities
                                                          • The Seychelles
                                                            • Legalities
                                                            • Gay Tourism

                                                                • Recognition of same-sex marriages
                                                                • Weddings, Honeymoons and the Cruise Industry

                                                                    • Figure 7: Global ocean-cruise passengers, 2014-18
                                                                  • Where do cruisers come from?
                                                                    • Weddings at sea
                                                                    • The Role of Religion

                                                                        • Figure 8: Religions followed by the residents of selected countries, 2018
                                                                      • The US versus Europe
                                                                        • The sceptical Millennials
                                                                        • Demographics

                                                                            • In Asia, the Millennials are on the march
                                                                              • In the West too, Millennials are making an impact
                                                                              • Fewer Traditional Marriages than Before

                                                                                  • UK
                                                                                    • Figure 9: Number of religious & civil marriages in England & Wales, at 10-year intervals, 1975-2015
                                                                                  • US
                                                                                    • Figure 10: Marital status of people aged 15 & over in the US, 2017
                                                                                  • National Marriage Week
                                                                                  • Overseas Marriages

                                                                                      • Figure 11: Number of weddings by UK nationals by country, 2016
                                                                                    • Destination weddings can ease tensions
                                                                                    • Millennials Fuelling the Market

                                                                                        • Older Millennials are tying the knot
                                                                                          • Researching with the help of high-tech
                                                                                          • Marketing Weddings and Honeymoons

                                                                                            • Romance is key ingredient
                                                                                              • Wedding movies and TV reality shows
                                                                                                • Trade shows and websites
                                                                                                • What Next?

                                                                                                  Wedding/Honeymoon Tourism Worldwide - July 2018

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