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South Asian destination weddings, driven by demand from affluent immigrant communities in the U.S. and Canada, are a highly prized business segment for a growing number of resorts and travel advisors. Larger in size and involving longer stays than most other destination weddings, their revenue potential stands out in what is already a profitable niche.

They also come with more complexity than most other destination weddings do, requiring cultural knowledge and the ability to handle a wide range of logistics. Skift talked about the challenges with travel advisors who have made South Asian destination weddings a rewarding specialty.

Another story looks at the evolution of the adventure travel market, no longer exclusively the realm of budget-minded backpackers. Now its appeal is much wider, drawing the growing ranks of fit and healthy retirees as well as millennials seeking authentic experiences.

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Travel Advisors Find South Asian Destination Weddings Very Lucrative But Tough

South Asian destination weddings are a lucrative and growing travel niche, fueled by demand from affluent Indian immigrant communities in North America. However, travel advisors need to be prepared for complex challenges.

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Ireland's Tourism Success Is Under Threat by Brexit: A Skift Deep Dive

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The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

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Lufthansa Now Drives More Than Half Its Bookings Directly

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Southwest May Bear Biggest Brunt After FAA Grounding of Boeing Max Jets

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Skift Travel Advisor Editor Maria Lenhart [] curates the Skift Travel Advisor Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Tuesday. Have a story idea? Or a juicy news tip? Want to share a memo? Send her an email.

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