The creation of the Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards event arose from a solid collaboration between two up and coming Caribbean entrepreneurs Joanne Paxton and Peter Shoucair. Both have great event planning expertise and more so, a passion for Destination Wedding Planning, Event Design, Event Management & Production.

In 2012 their team & staff came together to create the first ever Jamaica Bridal Expo; the largest of its kind in The Caribbean.. Their annual Jamaica Bridal Expo, which caters to the local and destination wedding market, became such a big success that In 2014, their inclusion of top international wedding planners and speakers resulted in even greater attention for Jamaica’s lucrative romance travel business.

In 2016, after seeing the enthusiasm U.K., USA, and Canadian wedding planners and romance-oriented travel agents had for Caribbean themed weddings; and sun, sand, and sea honeymoons; they realized it was time to create the first ever Caribbean Wedding Industry and Awards show. This Caribbean-wide event will launch in September, 2018, and – among others – include interactive workshops, panels and presentations from vendors, world class wedding planners, tour operators, digital and social media experts. Also, awards will be given to travel agents & wedding planners, along with those for resorts and various Caribbean destinations.

CWIA goal is two-fold. First to provide hundreds of travel agents and wedding planners with an in-depth understanding of how, by booking Caribbean Weddings and Honeymoons, they can expand their share of the millions in commissions generated by newlywed travelers. Second, it will enable Caribbean resorts & destinations to showcase all of their romance travel offerings face-to-face with hundreds of overseas wedding planners and travel agents who book tons of weddings and honeymoons.

2018 Sponsorship