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Guatemala Romantica

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


Register now until Friday, April 27th to receive the reduced registration fee of $289.
This promotional rate will increase and there will never be a published rate that is lower.
The regular registration fee is $389.

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 the first ever, Love Guatemala! A unique, educational, and networking event designed to showcase Guatemala as a spectacular destination for weddings, honeymoons, and romance. Love Guatemala will bring Wedding Planners and Travel Agents from North America, with international business experience, for 4 days of educational sessions, networking events, 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:

• 4 days and 3 nights accommodations for Conference
• Unique educational opportunity
• View the beautiful city of Antigua while learning all about the destination
• 1-year FREE Membership to IADWP
• Guatemala Certification from IADWP
• One-on-one business meetings with the best hotels & suppliers
• Gorgeous dining locations including: volcanoes, luxury retreats, ruins & colonial homes
• Experience the deep-rooted history and vibrant culture of Guatemala through exciting activities such as a Cultural Mayan Wedding & an Adventure Wedding

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




August 14

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 Your Hotel

7AM - 8AM

Guatemala Wedding & Honeymoon Destinations

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.

Everything You Need To Know To Package Guatemala

In this session you will learn the ins and outs of how to put together everything you need to book your clients destination wedding in Guatemala, including legalities and wedding requirements.

Preferred Partner Suppliers in Guatemala


Coffee Break


Live The Experience!

Live the experience of history, culture and ancient traditions in Guatemala. 

Questions & Answers



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

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

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

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


August 16



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 you chose, or transfer to Guatemala City for your flight home.



$ 199.00 USD

Learn first hand what Antigua and the surrounding countryside have to offer your clients. We will visit boutique hotels and resorts as well as introduce you to the World Heritage city of Antigua.


$ 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

Debora graduated from Camille Culinary School and is the Founder and Chef of Mon Coeur Catering since 2009. She also offers Creative Kitchen Personalized Catering, Food Styling, Cooking Classes, Consulting and is a Private Chef.

Honors and Awards:
Cosina 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.