Her clients fork out 00, ,000 or ,000 for Ms Ward to tee up the ideal partner.Ms Ward and her associates are legally bound to find someone a match, and their service includes more than setting up dates.“We conduct an interview to get to know a person, we get information on how they date and we coach them on how to date,” she said.Here she tells ANNA PURSGLOVE how she succeeded …Last spring, I flew to New York for a date with a man I had not met before.As I walked towards the arrivals lounge I frantically smoothed down my clothes, fretting that my carefully selected wardrobe (Moschino shirt, Mulberry holdall and fake-but-convincing diamond earrings) wouldn’t be showy enough to impress an American multi-millionaire.
The industry’s contribution to the economy is forecast to grow 3.1 per cent in the next five years, compared with a 2.5 per cent rise in the GDP in the same period.
“You don’t have to be a millionaire to join my service — what you have to do is understand the value of having a matchmaker and be committed to the process.”Recent research from IBIS World indicates Australia’s dating services industry is dominated by online players, with 46.4 per cent of market share compared to matchmaking at 9.6 per cent.
In Australia, the online dating service is worth .3 million and the matchmaking service is worth .1 million.
That's the reason why Internet dating is becoming more and more popular.
Matchmaking is a numbers game and the quest for love can be big business.