The 9th Annual DWP Congress successfully concluded last week in Doha and redefined the USD 350 billion luxury wedding industry rules. This year’s Congress, which was held in partnership with Visit Qatar and Qatar Airways along with Regional and International Partners, focused on establishing new trends, the importance of collaborations within the industry, how to elevate the overall experience, and much more in an attempt to take this industry one step ahead and prepare for the year 2023-24 while truly putting this buzzing country which is at the center of the world, now to the center of the destination wedding industry.
With 500+ destination wedding personnel under one roof, including top planners and global suppliers, including 5-star Hotels & Resorts, Venues, Tourism and Convention Bureau, Luxury Concierge Companies, Creative & Visual Artists, Media, Light, Sound and Production Architects, Haute Couture & Jewelry, Cake & Floral Designers, Furniture & Luxury Linen and other organizations who push the boundaries of industry excellence, the event is considered as one of the most significant B2B events in the world.
The DWP 2023 theme revolved around ‘Opulent Extravaganza,’ leveraging the ever-growing demand to meet the needs of luxury clients to create more personalized and niche experiences for their celebrations. The fabulous line-up of speakers from some of the best business leaders from East to the West shared pearls of wisdom during the Conference Sessions.
The one-to-one networking sessions created a win-win situation for everyone as they facilitated cross-country partnerships, which is the unique USP of the event. The three-day event witnessed around 5,000 meetings between international destination wedding planners and global suppliers worldwide.
To quench the thirst for more tailored solutions to modern problems, the DWP Masterclasses offered six different topics providing niche solutions that further enhanced the attendee’s experience.
The DWP Powerlist was one of the most-awaited moments during the Congress. This prestigious list of 100+ top Wedding Planners & Designers, carefully crafted based on industry experts’ recommendations, felicitated achievements and celebrated creativity of some of the most sought-after connoisseurs from the industry who constantly set the bar higher and establish trends consistently. The book was inaugurated by His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways, who honoured them during the sparkling Gala Night.
Shedding light on the destination, he also said: “Qatar has now become a key global tourist destination on the world map, which motivates us to strengthen Qatar’s positioning in different sectors. With this being said, we are proud to be chosen as one of the destinations to host the Wedding Planners Congress 2023, the most prestigious B2B gathering in the multi-billion-dollar wedding industry. We are also delighted to welcome the best wedding planners and designers to Doha.”
Commenting on the success of the congress and the Powerlist, Sidh N.C, Director, QnA International, says, “Congratulations to all the POWERLISTERS for the astounding work they have displayed throughout the year. They are the trendsetters who truly inspire the industry in more ways than one. These names have significantly shaped the luxury & destination wedding industry, beautifully architecting the dream wedding for couples.
The DWP Congress put Qatar on the map of luxury destination weddings with the help of regional partners. We were amazed to see their true potential in hosting world-class international events and celebrations.”
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