After the influx of Chinese tourists in Greece and the organization of collective weddings in the islands of Santorini and Crete, Greek businessmen realized that the emerging Asian market can be a source of income and tourists may want to visit the country not just to admire the sun, the sea and the ancient monuments but also to get married.
The Greek project “Your Wedding In Greece” was presented in a wedding expo in Bangkok, Thailand, at the beginning of July. In the exhibition entitled «Wedding Fair 2014» several Greek destinations including Santorini, Monemvasia, Athens, Elafonissos and Alonissos were proposed as ideal wedding places.
There is an increasing number of young people in Thailand who want to get married and spent their honeymoon in Greece. Many newlyweds in Asian countries prefer to travel abroad for their honeymoons.
Theodore Koumelis, CEO of Travel Media Applications, noted that the number of young couples from Asia who choose to get married in Greece has increased during the last years. He said that the wedding industry in Greece is well-organized and the couples can choose from a variety of specialized services. It is estimated that about 1,100 marriages and wedding ceremonies took place last year.
Greek destinations are very popular among the British, Americans, Russians and Indians. It is said that the Indians organize the most expensive and luxurious weddings. According to the British site 101 Honeymoons, Santorini is the second best destination for honeymooners worldwide, following Paris. Other popular destinations are the islands of Crete, Skiathos, Paros, Mykonos and also the Greek capital, Athens.