The first edition of Global Destinations Expo & Conference (GDEC) – Weddings & Films was inaugurated today at JW Marriott, Aerocity in New Delhi. The 3-day B2B event, scheduled from 14-16 July 2022, is organized by India Advantage Foundation and managed by iCONEX Exhibitions.
A premier B2B event, Global Destinations Expo & Conference focuses on the weddings and film production segment and aims to support the Destination marketing and management industry along with the people who make it work i.e. the Global Destination Organizations, Event Planners, and Tourism Boards. GDEC is being organized at an opportune time as the industry begins to recover from the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on the Travel and Hospitality sector.
Amaresh Tiwari, Chairman, India Advantage Foundation (IAF) & Global Destination Expo & Conference (GDEC) at the inauguration said, ‘Our vision with GDEC is to bring under one platform the wedding and film production stakeholders with service providers from travel and hospitality sector to explore business opportunities. We believe these niche tourism segments also need to be brought under the gamut of MICE in order to enjoy the benefits of the industry status.’ He further added, ‘Our vision is to also position India as an attractive destination for weddings. With over 32mn NRIs residing across the world, we have a large opportunity to explore this segment.’
A one of its kind industry event, GDEC will offer a much-needed platform for tourism boards and hospitality brands to connect with key wedding planners and film production houses to explore business opportunities. A series of panel discussions and informative workshops with industry experts are also lined up over the three days of the event to discuss changing trends affecting wedding business and film shoots along with strategies for organizations and destinations to tap the potential of these segments.
Day 1 of the event will see a lineup of expert panel discussions on subjects ranging from Indian & International wedding industry collaboration; Technology Integration in the Wedding Industry; Upcoming trends in Décor & Wedding planning and the Changing Trends of Indian Wedding.
Days 2 & 3 will comprise one-on-one hosted buyer meetings alongside a number of engaging workshops and training led by seasoned professionals from the domestic as well as global wedding industry. Panel discussions will cover important subjects ranging from the Power of business networking to Challenges and New Opportunities in the Wedding business post-pandemic, and the changing game of the Indian gourmet business.
The inaugural event will see participation from over 50+ exhibitors and 200+ hosted buyers from India and overseas.