True love is eternal, so the saying goes, and for Marsha-Ann Brown, director of romance at Sandals Resorts, the fact that WeddingMoons are continuing to grow year over year, especially in the Canadian market, should surprise no one, because simply put: “The wedding industry is one of those rare recession-proof markets.”
Out at sea, Yanelis Abella-Taylee, manager, onboard revenue – events, for Royal Caribbean International, says the company handle about 900 weddings in 2015, but that’s expected to grow to close to 1,300 in 2016, .
Similarily for nuptials aboard Norwegian Cruise Line, Tiffany Bell of Royal Ocean Events, which overseas the cruise line’s wedding program, says the amount of annual festivities is on the rise.
“We saw an 18% growth in the number of weddings we hosted from 2014 to 2015, and have already exceeded the number of weddings we booked in 2015 this year with potential for 9 months of bookings ahead of us,” she says.
At Oasis Hotels & Resorts, weddings director Paloma Flores says with the introduction of its new “O” packages, wedding production has already increased from 30% to 60%.
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