Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay, has become the third Vietnamese destination on well-heeled Indians’ radar for their extravagant weddings, according to a Vietnamese diplomat.
Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau revealed earlier this month that a mega-wedding of an Indian billionaire will be organized in Uong Bi City, located in Quang Ninh, on March 17 this year.
The city is the third destination in Vietnam that has emerged as a dream wedding venue for deep-pocket Indians, following Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang and the central city of Da Nang.
According to Ambassador Chau, there will be more and more wedding ceremonies of India’s super-rich to be held in Vietnam in the near future as the Southeast Asian country has the advantage of convenient airway links to Indian localities.
Particularly, low-cost Indian airline IndiGo’s direct routes connecting Kolkata with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and budget carrier Vietjet’s non-stop flights between Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi play an important role in bringing more Indian visitors to Vietnam.
“The number of two-way passengers between Vietnam and India has increased significantly since the direct flight routes were opened by IndiGo and Vietjet,” Ambassador Chau said.
“About 700 to 800 Indian groups will visit Vietnam in June 2020,” he revealed.
India’s super-rich people are known for eye-watering expenditure on elaborate nuptials, while Vietnam is competitive in offering quite diverse options of venues for resort tourism, seminars, medical treatment, and wedding planning.
This makes India an attractive feeder market for Vietnamese travel firms.
India climbed into the top 16 markets with the highest number of visitors to Vietnam in 2019.
In terms of growth, the country ranked third with a rise of 27.7 percent year-on-year to 169,000 tourists, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.