SOURCE: Wedding Spot, Inc.

Wedding Spot, Inc.

January 22, 2015 08:00 ET

Wedding Spot Partners With Starwood Hawaii to Further Expand Its Services

Move Underscores Company's Focus on the Destination Weddings Market

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2015) - Wedding Spot, Inc., the leading online marketplace to help future brides and grooms search, price and book wedding venues, today announced a partnership with Starwood Hawaii that will make it easier for engaged couples to achieve their dream Hawaiian destination wedding. This partnership signifies Wedding Spot's focus on growing its presence to service the destination weddings market, which has increased to 24% of total weddings and about $16 billion in revenue.

The market opportunity is big in Hawaii -- with approximately 20,000 weddings held each year, the aloha state is the second most popular wedding location after Las Vegas, according to a 2012 study. Wedding Spot's strategic partnership with Starwood Hawaii includes having 11 Starwood Hawaii venues in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island featured on Wedding Spot's site beginning December 2014. Wedding Spot users will be able to easily search for specific venue types, receive instant price quotes for each of Starwood Hawaii's venues, then book a consultation from the comfort of their computer or mobile device.

"Brides and grooms have come to rely on Wedding Spot for valuable information and useful tools that help them with what can be a very stressful wedding planning process," says Tina Hoang-To, CEO and Co-Founder of Wedding Spot. "We're very excited to partner with Starwood Hawaii to continue to bring best-in-class venues to our users who are looking for destination weddings, and we plan to grow our presence in this destination wedding market even more in 2015."

Wedding Spot offers a unique platform where engaged couples can easily search, price and compare wedding venues. Wedding Spot also helps venues grow their events revenue by providing an efficient process to handle customer acquisition. The program qualifies each bride or groom and sends over leads that are much higher quality than the typical inquiry that is just a name and phone number or email. As a result, Wedding Spot partner venues are seeing conversion rates that are 30 times the industry average.

"Starwood Hawaii is excited to be partnering with a brand that is growing quickly in the wedding and events industry," said Michael Troy of Starwood Hawaii. "We look forward to working together to generate leads and better help brides plan their Hawaii weddings."

About Wedding Spot
Wedding Spot simplifies the process of finding a wedding venue by providing more than just an online directory. Working directly with venues, Wedding Spot gathers all the information allowing newly engaged couples to find venues based on budget, location, style, and guest count. Users can "build out" their ideal wedding day by selecting guest count, wedding date, and specific services and options to receive an instant online price estimate and book a venue viewing appointment with one click of a button. Wedding Spot offers wedding venues tools to manage the entire wedding booking process, including acquiring customers, organizing content, and marketing inventory. Launched in August 2013 and currently partnering with venues in 13 states in the U.S., Wedding Spot is based in San Francisco, CA and has helped more than 350,000 brides to find a wedding venue. For more information, please visit www.wedding-spot.com.

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