Dreamy Industry Breakfast Agenda
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Dreamy Weddings will teach travel industry professionals about the secrets to increasing profitability via destination weddings, especially in the Caribbean. Together with renowned experts and local tourism officials, Dreamy Weddings’ founder and CEO Natalie John will reveal valuable tips and techniques. Travel agents, wedding planners and events planners will benefit from the Dreamy Industry Breakfast. Participants will spend the afternoon exploring St. Kitts together.
The Dreamy Industry Breakfast will be held at host hotel, the Koi, a Hilton Curio Resort. Choose alternative lodgings at four additional participating island hotels.
Pick up your name badge, grab a coffee or tropical juice and pastry, and get acquainted with fellow participants.
Enter the Koi Ballroom and take a seat.
Enjoy a brief introduction to this hilly green island destination.
Watch native performers share historical and cultural highlights of this complex West Indian destination. Learn about St. Kitts beyond the golden and white sands, pristine dive sites and romantic venues. This engaging presentation will bring you behind the scenes, sharing local lore, centuries-old tales and iconic music.
Known for outrageously innovative event design, Preston Bailey will share his insights on what drives the creative mind. Bailey will talk about his artistic process and give hints about what might work for you. He’ll also retell the business journey that brought him to the international celebrity he enjoys today, with helpful advice for brightening your own future. He’ll explain what you need to know about satisfying luxury clients as well as how to apply those same principles to clients with big dreams yet smaller budgets.
Over 20 years, Natalie John went from planning a single wedding on one Caribbean island to 2,500 in 15 destinations, plus operating a portfolio of wedding- and travel-related businesses under the Dreamy Group banner. How did she keep her balance sheets in the black, her attitude positive in every economy, and her business interests diversified? The entrepreneur will reveal how she meshes financial know-how with marketing, innovation — and self-care.
An artist, florist and designer, Eddie Zaratsian collaborates on corporate brand partnerships, teaches floral arrangement skills on his proprietary YouTube channel, and still creates the event designs and large-scale installations that brought him fame. He’ll share ideas on how to add complementary services to your business based on your strengths and passions. How do you find the best fits for you and your clientele? How do you start a business extension? How do you name the business, find new clients and market to them? Listen and learn.
Meet Bailey personally as he signs your copy of his latest books, Preston Bailey: Designing with Flowers and Dear Preston: Doing Business with Our Hearts: A Practical Guide to Running Your Own Creative Service Business.
Let us show you the best of guitar-shaped St. Kitts, including guided tours of Princeton Hill, historical churches, Bloody Point and Timothy Hill, with its breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. You’ll get to taste classic island dishes such as flaky roti bread, goat waterstew, dumplings in tomato sauce, and chicken pelau with pigeon peas. (We’ll serve familiar favorites too.)
Wrap up your day of wonder for a sunset send-off at the beachside café Salt Plage, limin’ to live music while sipping the Dreamytini, a signature cocktail designed just for this weekend. It’s made with locally produced rum and island-raised lemongrass.