Bahamas launches “16 Weddings Invitation” in Canada

Promotion also aims to increase Canadians’ awareness of Family Islands

The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) is spreading the love to Canada during the Year of Romance by inviting Canadian couples to register to win the wedding of a lifetime in the world’s leading wedding destination – The Islands of The Bahamas.

MOT officially launched its “16 Weddings Invitation” promotion in Toronto, Canada on Thursday, February 18, during a Bahamian themed luncheon at the Park Hyatt hotel.

The initiative will enable 16 lucky Canadian couples to have their dream wedding in The Bahamas on November 16, 2016 at 16:00 hours. The weddings will take place simultaneously at 16 different locations throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.

The promotion aims to solidify The Bahamas’ position as the premier destination for weddings and honeymoons; increase the profile of the Family Islands; maximize interest in The Bahamas before, during and after the campaign; and increase visitor numbers to the destination.

“It’s a fun and exciting promotion, but it is also educational. We want Canadians to know that we are a multi-island destination. That has always been a challenge for us, getting the Canadian consumer to understand that there is more to The Bahamas than just Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama. Through this initiative, thousands of couples will learn about the various Islands of The Bahamas and their many offerings,” said Paul Strachan, Sr. Director at the Bahamas Tourist Office in Canada.

“It’s a social media campaign so it’s multi-facetted. Of course this will work to our benefit because the posts about why couples want to get married in The Bahamas will go viral. It’s also a soft form of advertising that we expect will increase the number of Canadians visiting The Islands of The Bahamas, and we are really excited about it,” Strachan added.

The launch of the promotion is timely as it comes during Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Year of Romance and on the heels of The Bahamas being named Leading Wedding Destination by World Travel Awards.

MOT is running the 16 Weddings Invitation for a third time after experiencing much success in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In 2012, the UK promotion attracted more than 40,000 visitors to the Bahamas 16 Weddings website, and the promotion won the Most Innovative Marketing Campaign Award 2013 by The Chartered institute of Marketing.

The USA promotion in 2014 saw more than 3,000 couples enter for a chance to win a Bahamas wedding. That same year, the wedding and honeymoon market brought in 76,000 stopover visitors and a total of $112,175,240.

This unique multimedia contest now invites engaged couples in Canada to select one of the sixteen locations as the backdrop for their dream wedding.

The promotion highlights the diversity, beauty, charm and distinct characters, flavors and cultures of each of the 16 distinct wedding locations and provides an opportunity for 16 newly engaged couples to receive a complimentary dream destination wedding. 

Couples are encouraged to creatively incorporate something that is distinct and indigenous to the islands into their wedding ceremony, using suggested wedding themes. Contestants will then upload photos and/or a short video to www.bahamas16weddings.com, describing their dream Bahamas wedding and why they should be selected to win.

Semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and posted on the site for consumers to vote via social media for the most creative entries. The sixteen contestants with the most votes will form the winning group of couples to be married in The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Couples will receive complimentary round trip airline tickets from their respective towns to The Bahamas, hotel accommodations including meals for a minimum of five nights, a wedding ceremony, cake, and flowers. A personal wedding coordinator will also be provided for each couple.

The contest closes on June 10, 2016 and winners will be announced on June 16, 2016.

The wedding locations and themes are as follows:

Island                                       Theme                                     Hotel

Abaco (Elbow Cay)                You Light Up My Life              Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Abaco  (Marsh Harbour)         Nautical Love                          Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

Andros                                     Love in the Deep Blue Sea     Tiamo Resort

Bimini                                      Lost in your Embrace             Bimini Bay Resort

Cat Island                                Mystical Love                          Fernandez Bay Resort

Crooked Island                        Seashell Beauty                      Tranquility Bay

Eleuthera                                 Barefoot Lovers’ Bliss             The Cove Eleuthera

Harbour Island            Pink Sand Paradise                Valentine’s Resort

Exuma                                    Seaside Serenade                  February Point

Grand Bahama Island             Enchanted Encounter             Memories Resort (Freeport)

Grand Bahama Island             Grand Romance                     Old Bahama Bay (West End)

Inagua                                     Birds of Paradise                    Enrica’s Inn & Guest House

Long Island                              Tropical Dream                       Cape Santa Maria

Nassau                                    Royal Bliss                              Sapodilla Restaurant

Paradise Island                       Colour Me with Love               Atlantis (Host Hotel)

San Salvador                          Landfall Elegance                   Riding Rock Resort

Media Contact: Nikia Deveaux-Christie | nhdeveaux@bahamas.com | (242) 397-2785