25 Aug 2010

French Polynesia celebrates first tourist wedding

1:39 pm on 25 August 2010

Tourism authorities in French Polynesia hope wedding tourism will help the industry recover following a law change in the French overseas territories.

This comes after the mayor of Papeete, Michel Buillard, was the wedding celebrant of the first foreign couple to marry in Tahiti without having spent at least one month in the jurisdiction.

The two tourists to get married were a British woman and an Irishman - both Australian residents.

Mr Buillard says honeymooners open a new niche for the tourism industry which has seen a decline in the past decade.

Forecasts suggest that this year arrival numbers will drop to 145,000 numbers after registering 160,000 last year.