I am always intrigued why publications/media outlets continue to vote for the top ten or the top twenty hotels or destinations. Yes, it was to peak the interest of the consumer that they may buy the product. After all, what better way to find out if you are part of the popular group than being associated with the ‘in’ or the top ‘whatever product’ that is now being promoted. But is it fair to the destinations/hotels that did not get picked.
I believe that the media outlet that focuses on this narrow aspect of the market do have the responsibility to inform its readers of all the options, and what each one offers.
The Caribbean with over 33 Islands, each offers something unique. Aruba with its Dutch heritage, (great cheese)food, warm friendly people: Bahamas with over 800 islands and a great place to get married or honeymoon, British Virgin Islands, some of the most romantic spots on God’s earth, crystal clear blue waters like sailing on a mirror: Jamaica: mountains, waterfall, food, music and great beaches: United States Virgin Islands: three Islands to choose from (St. Croix, St. John & St. Thomas)a shopping mecca, some of the best beaches this side of the universe, great hotels and no passport requirement: Cayman:The serenity of this island promotes romance; Puerto Rico: (Spanish heritage) fabulous restaurants, good golf, vibrant nightlife, again no passport required; St. Kitts: great people, serenity, romance, food, relaxation, all this comes to mind when I think of St. Kitts; St. Lucia; an extraordinary destination. Love the people, the food, the vegetation a nature lover’s fantasy. Of course I could go on and on.
Where can you learn about all the islands that you can make the right decision for your Caribbean wedding or honeymoon? In addition to visiting the respective websites (http://www.MarryCaribbean.com)or Government offices, you can also visit bridal shows where the different countries and hotels offer a glimpse of their product.
One such show coming up that should give you an overview of what you should expect on this ‘special’ trip is http://www.Destinationweddingsexpo.com. This bridal Show will take place on Sunday March 21, 2010 at the Sheraton La Guardia, New York.
Of course, since this is the season, you will find numerous bridal shows around the country. Weddings & Honeymoons generate millions of dollars to the economy of the destinations/hotels that remind engaged couples that they do exist. The Caribbean, with close proximity to the United States offers the best in wedding planning and execution in an environment that is simply breathtaking. For your honeymoon needs you have over 33 gorgeous islands to choose from. Work with your Travel Agent to find the match that best mirror your lifestyle.