Event and Wedding Planners mobilise for ‘post’ Covid-19 era

The Caribbean Wedding and Event Professionals, CWEP, has begun face-to-face mobilisation of its members as the region seeks to revitalize the tourism industry.

For the past year wedding and event planners have been sharing experiences and aspirations via digital platforms, but on June 12th 2021, CWEP founder Natalie John met with members in St. Lucia for their first in-person mixer.

The event which adhered to Covid-19 protocols was attended by representatives of the hospitality fraternity, the Chamber of Commerce, the OECS Commission, The St. Lucia Tourism Authority and the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar- George.

The event host Natalie John said her members were excited to connect with each other, after a difficult 12 months and said this was “testimony to the fact that we do need representation at the Caribbean level and that we all want to network, to grow, to learn and to share amongst each other locally, regionally and internationally”.

The mixer also provided an opportunity to highlight “The Covid-19 Protocol Guide for Weddings & Events” authored by Ms. John. She advised that the book “can be used as a handbook for any vendor within our sector and can also be given to clients who need assurances on the steps we are taking to ensure their safety and ours”.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar- George commended CWEP for producing the handbook, noting that it set very high standards for events and wedding planners who now have to co-exist with Covid-19. She said it reassures patrons of a safe but enjoyable vacation experience, wedding or honeymoon.

The handbook, which is also available in electronic form is free to all members of CWEP