Flamboyant Megafest: WAGabfest 2019


A spirited harvest of the collaborative efforts of Tourism Malaysia and Wedding Affair was witnessed by the stalwarts of the wedding fraternity as they made their way to attend the WAGabfest — MALAYSIA WEDDING CONCLAVE — in New Delhi on September 26, 2019. The High Commissioner of Malaysia to India – His Excellency (H.E.) Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, the Director of Tourism Malaysia New Delhi – Sulaiman Bin Suip, and Editor-In-Chief of Wedding Affair – Rajnish Rathi were among the attendees.

A blast of traditional Malaysian music and dance by the cultural troupe, ushering the High Commissioner, inaugurated the wedding conclave with utmost cheer. As an opening note, Rathi welcomed the fraternity and guests and introduced the event to the gathering. Followed by the note, H.E. Abdul Hamid presented his salutations and offerings of Malaysia as the perfect wedding destination in his speech. The drinks and snacks kept pouring in as the WAGabfest progressed towards more informative sessions by Sulaiman Bin Suip, the Director of Tourism Malaysia, enlightening videos about the cultures, hospitality and gastronomy in Malaysia. The dance and music from Sarawak Dance Troupe kept the audience amused with the interactive acts with the gathering.

Owing to the 20 years’ celebrations of the inception of Wedding Affair, various gifts were distributed among the attendees by drawing lots from their visiting cards. Twenty-year celebratory festivities of Wedding Affair touched of extolment as the entire camaraderie of wedding planners, hospitality connoisseurs, and travel industry bigwigs joined them along with Tourism Malaysia advocates.

“There is no other culture that celebrates weddings as the Indians do! Millions of weddings take place in this market, annually. At an annual development pace of 25-30% for the past several years, the Indian outbound wedding industry is expected to touch USD66.8 Billion by 2020. This sector has experienced tremendous growth as almost everyone desires to elevate the scale of their special celebration. Here, Malaysia offers huge potential as a wedding destination. As the tagline rightly states, ‘Love in India, Marry in Malaysia’, the wedding conclave showcases Malaysia as a perfect wedding destination with many magnificent hotels and resorts,” said H.E. Abdul Hamid.

In his presentation, Bin Suip acquainted the audience with lucrative entry options in Malaysia, presence of expedient luxury resorts and hotels, exotic beach-and-sand destinations, delectable local food and beverages coupled with rewarding prices and support from Tourism Malaysia.

“This indeed gives us immense pleasure and honour to work with Tourism Malaysia in organising this event and to promote Malaysia as the perfect wedding destination. This country indeed offers all the ingredients we vie for in a Big Fat Indian Wedding. Laced with scenic beauty, airfares, travel time, visa charges waiver, competitive prices of hotels and resorts, all these factors position Malaysia as the desirable wedding destination. We hope that this initiative will definitely increase the number of Indian weddings in Malaysia,” Rathi said in his closing note.

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