Bali emerges as a choice for destination Indian weddings
02 Apr 2015
  • Despite the lack of direct flights between the India and Bali, the latter is witnessing a rise in the number of Indian destination weddings, say tourism stakeholders. 

  • On the sidelines of the Indian Travel Congress 2015 held recently in Bali, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas general manager, Ralf Luthe, said the Indian wedding market for his property has been rising, mainly through word-of-mouth.

  • He added that “The wedding business is better than incentives because with weddings, the organizers don’t cut corners.”
  • Bali can also cater well to this market due to the broader size range of 150 people to bigger groups of 300 and more, according to I Nyoman Juniarsa, Grand Nikko Bali’s director of sales for leisure.
  • Vikkram Kumar Kalra, a wedding planner in Bali specializing in Indian weddings who handled seven Indian weddings in the first three months of 2015 said: “Despite the lack of flights, Bali is seen as an attractive destination, has a similar culture with India and is known as the land of a thousand temples. Indian priests are also available in Bali while English is widely spoken at the hotels.”
  • According to Cox & Kings’ associate vice president, corporate communications and CSR, Thomas C Thottahil the lack of direct flights has never been an issue as he says. “Destination weddings are planned at least eight months prior, so there is never a shortage of seats. In addition, we do bulk bookings with the airlines, so we are able to negotiate for better airfares.” Cox & Kings has seen 10 to 15 per cent year-on-year increase in Indian weddings to Bali. 



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