Korea Tourism Organization organised its first-ever webinar in India for the destination wedding industry with Jeju Island being the focus destination on September 17, 2020. The online event was attended by over 75 reputed wedding planners, wedding industry suppliers and honeymoon holiday planners. Post the event, along with the destination information material all attendees will also receive Korean luxury cosmetic souvenirs to physically experience Korea during this period when travel is not happening.
Destination weddings have been in India for many years now and Indians are famous for leaving no stone unturned when it comes to a destination wedding. For South Korea, this was its first step into this multi-billion-dollar industry.
The webinar brought together industry stakeholders from both India and Korea on a common platform where they could discuss opportunities for collaboration. From the Korean side along with Korea Tourism Organization, the panel comprised of Jeju Tourism Organization the regional tourism board of Jeju Island and suppliers Jane DMC Korea and Shanti Tour. From the Indian side, the panel comprised of reputed Indian wedding planning companies Cosmic Light Events and Golden Aisle. The event was hosted in collaboration with the World Wedding Forum who gave the keynote address. Minister from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in India inaugurated the event with his welcome remarks.
To begin Indian destination wedding in Korea, KTO is focussing on small boutique and themed weddings along with pre and post-wedding photoshoots at unique locations. A luxury honeymoon in Korea is also a prime target for KTO. The focus of the webinar was mainly on Jeju Island which is also known as the ‘Hawaii of Korea’ and is famous for weddings and honeymoon. The webinar highlighted Korea’s capabilities in managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indian food availability and unique venues where Indian weddings can be organised.
The goal of the webinar was to introduce Korea and identify a select few wedding planners who would seriously like to explore Korea for their clientele and work with them closely for the year 2021-22.
The entire panel comprised of the following speakers:
- Jong-Ho Choi, Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in India
- Abhishek Garg, Founder & Director, World Wedding Forum (WWF)
- Kangill Rhee, General Manager, Overseas Marketing Team, Jeju Tourism Organization
- Jane Han, CEO, Jane DMC Korea
- Juman Park, Manager, Shanti Tour
- Young-Geul Choi, Director, KTO New Delhi office
- Sandeep Dutta, Marketing Manager, KTO New Delhi office
- Raina Kapoor, Owner, Cosmic Light Entertainment
- Nitish Seth, PR & Marketing Head, Golden Aisle Weddings
Post the event Young-Geul Choi, Director, KTO New Delhi office had the following to say, “I am very pleased that we were able to successfully organise a webinar for destination weddings in Korea and was pleasantly surprised with the positive response from the market. Now that we have got the ball rolling, we will be taking more steps in developing this market once actual travel begins.”