Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2015

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17 er ceremonial travel is price. Because large groups receive discounts at all-inclusive hotels, invited guests can get a rate that is far less than they would get if they booked that resort on their own for a vacation. LGBT Growth Market The fastest growing segment of the wed- ding industry is the Lesbian Gay Bisex- ual Transgender (LGBT) demographic, consisting mostly of same-sex couples holding both domestic and international destination weddings, civil unions/part- nerships and commitment ceremonies. Now that same-sex marriage and unions have been ruled legal or recognized in many states and countries abroad, more LGBT couples are hosting local and destination weddings and ceremonies. Hochreiter says the LGBT markets present a growth op- portunity for destination wed- dings, especially in longtime gay friendly locales such as Key West, New York City, San Fran- cisco and Provincetown, Mass., for example. Interna- tionally, counties and cities such as Mexico, South Af- rica, the Caribbean islands, Barcelona and Copenha- gen are fast-growing LGBT destinations, makes it an incentive to attend the wed- ding as a family. In general, whether a domestic or in- ternational wedding, operators should ensure that their local wedding plan- ners, hotels and wedding venues are kept updated on their services and feet. They want to know about larger capac- ity vehicles, such as buses, exotic stretches, vintage classics, and/or trol- leys that can handle any size destination wedding transporta- tion needs. Further, given the growth of domestic and international destination weddings, af- fliate operators need to make sure they are aware of partner upgrades in feet vehicles so wedding travel requirements can be handed off seamlessly from one operator to another. For example, Hochreiter explains how a couple from the Northeast may want to get married in the winter, but desire an outside wedding. They may opt for a destination wedding in Florida, Arizona, California, Mexico or the Caribbean — a perfect opportunity for wedding planners and resort hotels to work with operators who belong to an affliate network to handle city- to-city airport and hotel transfers, the wedding, and ancillary wed- ding party events or activities. "Mexico and the Caribbean are the top destinations for U.S. citizens because of the weather, beaches, the easy access to fights and all-inclusive hotels that are affordable," Velez adds. She sees the Dominican Repub- lic, Bermuda and Jamaica as always popular. One factor contribut- ing to the popularity of destination weddings, anniversaries and oth- ©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM / EPICSTOCKMEDIA TOP 25 MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO GET MARRIED (Based on average cost of a wedding in 2013) 1. New York City (Manhattan): $86,916 2. Long Island: $57,343 3. North/Central New Jersey: $51,287 4. Chicago: $48,449 5. NYC Outer Boroughs: $47,121 6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA: $44,214 7. Rhode Island: $42,469 8. Westchester/Hudson Valley, NY: $42,444 9. Connecticut: $41,745 10. Philadelphia: $40,350 11. Los Angeles: $38,735 12 . South New Jersey: $38,620 13. Washington, DC/Northern Virginia/subur- ban Maryland: $37,487 14. Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas): $37,210 15. Boston: $35,512 16. Houston: $35,475 17. Louisiana: $35,008 18. Lehigh Valley/Poconos, PA: $34,488 19. San Francisco: $33,836 20. Orange County/Inland Empire, CA: $32,021 21. Baltimore: $31,964 22. Chicago Suburbs, IL: $31,489 23. Detroit: $31,044 24. San Diego: $30,885 25. Maine: $29,864 Rebecca Hochreiter CAKE CREDIT: CAKECENTRAL

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