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Guatemala Romantica

August 14 - 17, 2018
  • Created with Sketch. Antigua, Guatemala


Register now to receive the promotional rate of $289 USD!
Regular registration fee is $389 USD.

Pre-Conference Programs August 12 - 14, 2018
Post-Conference Programs August 17 - 19, 2018


In August of 2018, IADWP in partnership with the Guatemalan Tourism Board will present Guatemala Romantica! A unique, educational, networking event designed to showcase Guatemala as a spectacular destination for weddings, honeymoons, and romance. Guatemala Romantica will bring Wedding Planners and Travel Agents from North America, together for the opportunity to meet with top Guatemalan hotels and suppliers, and the chance to experience this romantic destination in a way you never have before! This event will enable all participants to discover the breathtaking country of Guatemala!

Guatemala Romantica was created with the specific purpose of promoting Guatemala as a destination for weddings and romance. North American wedding industry professionals will benefit from:

- 3-nights accommodations in the host hotel
- Round trip transfers from Guatemala City airport
- 1-year FREE membership to IADWP
- Guatemala Certification from IADWP
- Educational sessions lead by industry leading speakers
- A chance to experience the beautiful city of Antigua while learning about the destination
- One-on-one business meetings with top hotels and suppliers
- Gorgeous nightly events in unbeatable locations including: volcanoes, luxury boutiques, and colonial landmarks
- Optional pre and post conference programs 
- ...and much more!! 

Check out the amazing photos below for a taste of what you will experience at Guatemala Romantica!




August 12

Pre-Conference in Tikal

Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn more about Tikal by clicking this link
The Wonders of Tikal

For those choosing the Tikal option, upon arrival you will be transferred to your host hotel for the evening in Guatemala City.

August 12th
8AM - 2PM Arrivals and registration
2:30 - City Tour
6:30 Cocktail – Welcome dinner at Ciudad de Guatemala Hotel
August 13th
4AM – Shuttle to airport
6AM –7AM – Flight to Tikal
9:30AM –12:30PM – Tour ofTikal
1:30PM – Lunch
2PM- 5PM  Site Inspections   
7PM – Flight back to Guatemala City
8PM – Shuttle from the airport to Antigua Guatemala
9PM – Check-in at La Antigua de Guatemala PORTA Hotel
Dinner at La Antigua Guatemala at PORTA Hotel
August 14

7AM-8AM Breakfast at the hotel PORTA
9AM -11AM Site inspections and visits in La Antigua Guatemala
12PM- 1:30PM Lunch
2PM – 6PM Site inspections 
7PM- Welcome cocktail and dinner at historical monument 

August 14

Arrivals and Registration
Arrivals and Registration
All Day

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Enjoy cocktails in one of the top venues in Antigua.


Experience the cuisine of Guatemala in a beautiful wedding reception setting.
Take this opportunity to meet your fellow attendees.

August 15

Breakfast At Host Hotel

7AM - 8AM

Guatemala Wedding & Honeymoon Destinations

Presented by INGUAT
Guatemala is a diverse country spanning from the Caribbean to the Pacific. This session will introduce you to the top wedding and honeymoon destinations in Guatemala.

Expectation of the Destination Specialist

Presented By: Julio Aceituno
Guatemala has long been a top destination wedding choice for engaged couples from Central and South America. North American couples have been discovering not only the value of a wedding in Guatemala, but also the beauty and backdrop for a wedding that is not the 'usual' destination wedding. During this session Julio Aceituno will introduce you to the professional destination wedding specialists in Guatemala who will assure your clients successful wedding.

Legalities & Marriage Requirements in Guatemala

Presented By: Julio Aceituno
Everything you need to know about the legalities and requirements of being married in Guatemala

Live the Experience of History, Culture and Ancient Traditions in Guatemala.

Presented By: Elizabeth Bell
Guatemala has so much to offer your clients!
Learn how the culture and traditions can enhance the destination wedding experince

Open Discussion and Q&A

Presented By INGUAT AND Faculty



Presented By:  Débora Fadul

During lunch you will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of Guatemala Fusion Gastronomy. Our speaker will be one of the most well known and important chefs in Guatemala.

Romantic Venues


Presented By: Mario Ayala

This session will cover many romantic venues that are ideal locations for your clients destination weddings.
In addition, this session will cover the natural aspects and how those aspects, combined with the season, will help make your clients wedding unique.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Weddings in Guatemala


Presented By: David Yates
Many clients today are looking for eco-friendly and sustainable weddings. Guatemala has much to offer your clients. This session will familiarize you with the best opportunities for your clients.

Coffee Break


Preferred Supplier Partners


Presented By: Ana Beteta

Knowing who the best suppliers are, and their unique offerings for your clients is the foundation for successful events.

Time to Refresh

Time to relax and get ready for an enjoyable cocktail reception and dinner.

Cocktails and Dinner

Tonights cocktail reception and dinner will be in a beautiful wedding setting

August 16


Breakfast at your host hotel

Trade Show / Networking

Meet the top vendors from Guatemala.

Group photo at Cerro de la Cruz

A group photo at one of the most magnificent venues in Antigua will serve as a PERFECT memory of your attendance at Guatemala Romantica.



Antigua Walking Tour

Enjoy a walk around the beautiful city of Antigua.
You will be guided by a local expert who will explain the historical landmarks.

Cocktail Reception

Enjoy cocktails at a beautiful venue in Antigua.


Tonights dinner in an elegant wedding reception setting.

August 17


Departures to the post-conference option, or transfer to Guatemala City for your flight home.

Post-Conference - Tecpan - Solola (Lake Atitlan)

Click here for more information about Lake Atitlan
August 17th
8AM -11:30AM Antigua site inspections
1:45PM - 3PM Lunch at Tecpán
4PM -6PM Transportation and guide, site inspections in municipalities around Lake Atitlan
7PM Dinner at a lake view restaurant in Lake Atitlan.
Check-in to your hotel in Panajachel, Sololá

August 18th
7:30AM- 8:30AM  Breakfast
9AM -1PM Site Inspections
1:30PM -2:30PM Lunch
3PM – Transportation to Guatemala City
8PM – Dinner in Guatemala City
Check-in at your hotel in Guatemala City
August 19th
Breakfast at your hotel
Based on your flight schedule, different activities may be planned
Airport transfer



$ 199.00 USD


Visit Tikal National Park, in the province of Petén, which was created in May 1955 and regulated in September 1957. In 1979 it was declared World Cultural and Natural Heritage by the UNESCO for its exceptional value by combining extraordinary natural and cultural richness. It is considered one of the most important natural and cultural reserves of the Republic of Guatemala and the world for the great variety of fauna and flora species as well as for the numerous remains of the Maya civilization located there.


$ 199.00 USD


Lake Atitlán is a body of water in a massive volcanic crater in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands. Ringed by steep, verdant hills, it’s known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones. The busy town of Panajachel, where vendors sell traditional textiles, is a popular gateway to the lake. On a former coffee plantation, the Atitlán nature reserve offers trails and a butterfly gardens.
Many of the hotels and resorts surrounding Lake Atitlan will offer your clients an amazing background for their PERFECT Guatemalan wedding.




Anita was born in Antigua Guatemala and studied for her degree in Tourist Marketing in Florence, Italy. After finishing school, she had the opportunity to work with The Peninsula Hotels in Chicago as the Department Manager in Food & Beverage. Anita currently works in the family business in Antigua as the Marketing Manager of 4 restaurants and a Boutique Hotel.  As a Tourism Specialist, Anita is very active in different Associations and Organizations that promote Guatemala. 
She is Vice President of the Weddings & Honeymoons Trade Association, Co-Founder of “Wed In Guatemala”, and the Secretary on the Board of Directors of the "Chamber of Tourism, CAMTUR”. 
Anita is actively involved with Promoting Guatemala and believes it is a hidden treasure yet to be discovered. She is proud of her country, and most importantly, her wish is to share the richness of Guatemala with the world. She believes Guatemala offers genuine hospitality and an unforgettable cultural experience.


Owner & Executive Chef

She is Graduated from Camille Culinary School. Founder and Chef of Mon Coeur Catering since 2009. Creative Kitchen Personalized Catering, Food Styling, Cooking Classes, Consulting and Private Chef.

Honors and Awards:
Cocina Kreativa Cooking Show CANAL ANTIGUA (2012 – 2016)
12 Women of the Year, Look Magazine (2013)
FAO Chefs Against Hunger Quinoa Book (2013)
HOLA Magazine Gastronomy Award (2015)
10 of Woman Entrepreneur of the year WED Guatemala (2015)
MENU Panama in Panama City, Symposium Speaker from GUA (2016)
CREATIVE MORNINGS Guatemala January Speaker (2017)
RAICES Symposium Guatemala City Speaker (2017)
Resident Chef of the RUM ZACAPA ROOM Guatemala (2017)
Teacher of Un Plato Mil Historias (One Thousand Plate Stories to Tell) in CAMILLE Cooking School
Teacher at UFM Nutrition and Gastronomy

EN Restaurante
Celebrating individuality, the constant changes of our land, people, emotions and tastes inspires us with infinite possibilities to make unique connections based on the history and personality that our ingredients, guests, and location offer. We are a kitchen without limits - paying tribute to our agriculture and palate.

Un Plato Mil Historias que Contar / One Thousand Plate Stories to Tell
A powerful social project created with Jorge Jorge Lamport, Greens, Mister Menu and Designary to promote the use and consumption of the local product through the union of forces between producers, vendors and consumers to support National Farmers. To give the producer, ingredients, and land the exposure it deserves, and to offer flavor profiles. This non-profit project was born through a desire to help people better understand each component of each ingredient and how to create magnificent unique formulas.




Destination Events & Hospitality Expert in Lake Atitlán

Originally from the US state of Ohio, David Yates first came to Guatemala as a high school exchange student. After graduating university, his career took him to live in Asia for more than a decade, however Guatemala and Lake Atitlan in particular, always held a special place in his heart. Fifteen years ago David returned to Guatemala to design and build La Casa Colibri, a spacious vacation rental villa that looks out upon Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes. The success of this property as a vacation rental and venue for weddings and events led David to establish Guatemala Luxury Vacation Rentals, a boutique high-end vacation rental and event planning company, based at beautiful Lake Atitlan. David and his team of bilingual staff strive to provide comprehensive customer service, from pre-trip or event planning to detailed coordination while in Guatemala. David and Guatemala Luxury Vacation Rentals offer clients a wide variety of tailor-made services and amenities and an eclectic array of luxurious vacation villas to choose from. David’s attention to detail will ensure your event, honeymoon or family gathering will be one that offers something special for everyone.


Antigua Tours & Hotel Sor Juana

Julio was born in Antigua Guatemala, and is the direct product of the tourism in Guatemala. His father is Guatemalan and his mother is from the United States. He has lived in Guatemala City, the United States and Italy.

He studied Psychology and Hospitality at City College in San Francisco, and graduated as an Executive Chef in Culinary Arts at California Culinary Academy. He has worked in the family business at Antigua Tours since 1998 and was the owner of Hotel Casa Concepcion from 2008 since 2012. Julio has been the designer and creator of Hotel Sor Juana since 2012. He worked at Paula Le Educ in the food and beverage area, and was the link between the kitchen and decoration team assisting the Master of decoration, Stanlees Gatti, where he learned to achieve high levels of standards required from clients.

During this period, he had the honor of collaborating on events for: King Juan Carlos de España, Robin Williams, George Lucas, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor, Bono from U2, Kate Moss, and the Getty family from California.

Companies included in his portfolio are: Tiffany & CO, Prada, Hermes, William Sonoma, and Gap Inc. His events have also been featured in magazines such as: Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty, People, Uk brides, and Modern Bride China.

Julio has been a member of many associations including:
- The Board of Directors of Cámara de Turismo de Sacatepéquez
- FILIAL (2008)
- Active member and Founder of the Asociación Destino Guatemala (since 2010)
- Founding member and the former President of Gremial de Bodas y Destino Luna de Miel in Guatemala from (2014 – 2017)
- A member of marketing at Segmento de Bodas del Inguat (since 2014)

Julio has helped to develop the Destination Wedding industry in Guatemala since 2009.




Elizabeth Bell, a resident of Antigua for 49 years, was born in Burlingame, California, grew up in Palo Alto, and moved to Antigua Guatemala at the age of 14. She graduated from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala (1976) and attended graduate school at the University of Washington (ABT). Elizabeth managed the city of Antigua through the Consejo Nacional Para la Protección de La Antigua Guatemala (1978-87) and received a certificate in Architectural Conservation at ICCROM/UNESCO in Rome (1983) and a certificate in Heritage and Tourism from the CNCRM in Havana (1997).
She founded Antigua Tours in Antigua Guatemala in 1992, a company that offers tourism throughout Guatemala with emphasis on professional cultural tourism. Elizabeth has conducted cultural tours and given lectures since 1992 and has guided many of the top visitors to Antigua Guatemala.
Her greatest joy, however, is researching the city. She received the Guatemalan government s highest award for her preservation efforts in Antigua the Gold Award Diego de Porres by the National Council for the Protection of La Antigua Guatemala on December 1st, 2011 for her tireless efforts during 42 years in providing useful information about La Antigua Guatemala through her multiple books and lectures and her constant efforts in the preservation of the City and its Cultural Heritage. She has authored "Antigua Guatemala: the City and its Heritage", "La Antigua Guatemala: la ciudad y su patrimonio", "Lent and Holy Week/Cuaresma y Semana Santa La Antigua Guatemala" and coloring books: "Let's See Antigua/Conozcamos La Antigua", "Fiestas and Holidays in Antigua/Conozcamos Nuestras Tradiciones en La Antigua", "Let's See Santo Domingo in Antigua Guatemala/Conozcamos Santo Domingo" and "Let's Save the Scarlet Macaws in the Rainforest of Petén, Guatemala"


Founder And Creative Director of ESCENICA, company with 12 years in the social/corporate event Industry, producing luxury events inside And outside of Guatemala.

Guest Speaker in different International Conferences regarding the event Industry; university teacher in Interior Design, marketing And Event Production.

Active member of the board of directors of the Guatemalan Bureu of Wedding & honeymoons, entity under the direction of the Guatemalan Bureu of Turism; working on promoting Guatemala as a Destination for Events, Industry members certifications And Quality Control on the products And services the Industry vendors provide.

ESCENICA is a company with reviews in some of the most important media And magazines in the región with Special posts in HOLA magazines, Azteca TV, among others.

A trendsetter company in Creativity, working with passion and excelency. Taking always care of our co-workers and vendors.


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