“The Arabs’ love for Turkey, evident from the popularity of Turkey’s television series, has now spread to wedding planning. Turkey’s wedding planners are now seeing high demand by Arabs for Ottoman weddings.
These days Turkey seems to have been put on a pedestal by Arabs. Spanning from Turkish cinema to sports, arts to politics, the Arabs love of Turkey is currently on the rise. This adoration is also being reflected on the nation’s economy. Arab tourists are practically flowing to Turkey. With regressed exports to Europe, Turkey is now looking to increase exports to the Middle East. Meanwhile, Arabs are waiting in line to become homeowners in Turkey. It is this love of Turkey by Middle Easterners that is sending the nation on a whole new journey when it comes to exports. Now it seems, Turkey will be proving a whole new sort of exports in the form of wedding planning. Arabs, who are willing to dish out millions of dollars on wedding organizations that would place Istanbul in one of the top spots as most desirable wedding locations, are now demanding weddings of Ottoman grandeur in their own countries. SABAH speaks with a number of well-known wedding planning firms based in Istanbul. […]
WEDDINGS INCREASE BY 20 PERCENT EACH YEAR
The sector contributes to 20 different fields of business in Turkey.
Every year, approximately 650,000 couples get married.
195 million dollars are spent annually on bridal gowns alone.
The number of weddings increases by 20 percent every year.
There are 350 foreign weddings held in Turkey annually.
GLOBAL WEDDING SECTOR
Eight billion dollars is spent on honeymoons.
Nineteen billion dollars are spent annually on wedding gifts.
The highest number of weddings are held in Las Vegas.
Wedding rings costing 1,100 dollars are preferred on average.”
Source : Sabah