Bermuda To Host Coterie Wedding Conference

January 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

Munaluchi Bride Magazine — a leading multicultural wedding publication in the United States — is bringing its annual retreat to the island in what is described as a “profile-raising opportunity for Bermuda”.

The Coterie Retreat will be a three-day conference of more than 100 wedding and event professionals, hosted at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in December 2018, the BTA said today.

“People are excited. They’re ready to pack their bags and get here,” said Munaluchi Bride MagazineSales and Marketing Director Nicole McKenzie.

“I can tell you the buzz is extremely high. We just ended our retreat in December that was in South Africa and everyone was trying to figure out where we would be going next. How will we top South Africa? We made the announcement we were coming to Bermuda and we have received positive responses from day one.”

“We have a dedicated strategy for growing the destination weddings space and attracting groups like the Coterie Retreat is one part of the sales and marketing efforts underway this year,” said Victoria Isley, Bermuda Tourism Authority chief sales and marketing officer.

“The Munaluchi community is influential so the quality of its Coterie Retreat in Bermuda will be critical toward attracting future wedding and honeymoon business. Alongside our local tourism partners, we will be working hard to show off all that Bermuda has to offer in the area of romance travel.”

Munaluchi Bride Magazine CEO/Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Nwobu said: “The purpose of the conference is not only to educate, but to expose Bermuda to the destination wedding industry. We really want our planners to connect with the locals here in Bermuda. We want to be able to put Bermuda on the map in terms of romance travel.”

Ms Nwobu and Ms McKenzie visited the island last week to jump start the planning process for December 2018, and they visited with local Bermuda brands and retailers, event venues and hotels.

Bermuda Tourism Authority Business Development Manager Christi Tucker and Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Director of Sales Erica Simmons are managing the Coterie Retreat group, estimated to generate 600 room nights and $300,000 in economic impact for the island’s economy during the shoulder season.

“We are delighted that Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has been chosen as the host hotel,” said Hamilton Princess General Manager Tim Morrison.

“This is an exciting networking event for the wedding and event professionals from around the globe and is an important profile-raising opportunity for Bermuda. We are confident that the planners will fall in love with the island once they are here.”

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  1. dick francis says:

    shame they cannot talk about/plan for SSMs …..

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