The Destination Wedding Planners Congress will be held from 2-4 May, 2017, at the Banyan Tree Laguna Phuket. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is an official Host Partner along with the other partners and sponsors; such as, Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, and The Wedding Bliss.
DWP Congress brings together high-end destination wedding planners to do business with the most unique destinations, extravagant hotels, resorts, and venues along with leading wedding suppliers and creative partners; such as, couture designers, photography partners, furniture rentals, jewellery partners, cake designers and more.
The event also includes groundbreaking conference sessions, networking functions, ritzy cocktail receptions, lavish luncheons and themed gala dinners, all designed to help participants capitalise on this multi-billion-dollar industry.
The line-up of confirmed speakers for 2017 includes Preston Bailey, Katherine Apostolidis, Koby Bar Yehuda, Marcy Blum, Mohomed Morani, Joe Blackman, Wendy El-Khoury, Bryan Rafanelli, Evelyn Mills, Alison Hotchkiss, Matthew Oliver, Michelle Rago, Innayat Khubchandani, Christina Holt, Bhavnesh Sawhney, Funke Burknor-Obruthe, Joanne Brown, Kevin Lee, Janine Closs, Sumant Jayakrishnan, Joann Gregoli, and Aleit Swanepoel.
Here is a sample profile of just a few of the speakers:
Mr. Kevin Lee’s celebrity clients include Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oprah Winfrey. Also, he is said to have been the inspiration behind the character Franck, played by Martin Short in the early 90s movie classic, Father of the Bride.
Mr. Preston Bailey has been designing and planning weddings for celebrities, royal families, CEOs and athletes for more than 33 years. He has worked with renowned names; such as, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Hudson and Donna Karan, to name a few.
Mr. Bryan Rafanelli runs Rafanelli Events, one of the biggest event planning and design companies in the United States of America since 1996. He has worked with clients; such as, President Obama, Chelsea Clinton and renowned Hollywood star Matt Damon.
Ms. Evelyn Mills heads Marriage Maestros, which specialises in creating signature weddings in Hong Kong, Bali, China and across Asia.
Organised by Dubai-based QNA International, the DWP Congress has been held previously in Greece, Mauritius and Italy.