30 Aug 2010

Tahiti Tourism says cost no barrier to wedding visitors

11:14 am on 30 August 2010

Tahiti Tourism's Manager of Operations,Manuel Terai, says cost shouldn't be a barrier to overseas couples who want to get married in French Polynesia.

A change to the French law that required a month's residence prior to a foreign marriage has been predicted to boost the territory's flagging tourism industry.

Tahiti hosted its first foreign wedding last week one of only a handful since the law was changed in May of 2009.

Manuel Terai says suggestions that his country's too expensive to compete in the wedding tourism market are wrong.

"It depends where the couple would decide to spend their holidays. If you were to decide to spend say five to six days in Moorea it will not be the same price as if you were to spend it in Bora Bora. But if you were doing it just here and going to Moorea, it's quite reasonable. It would be practically the same cost as if you were going to the Cook Islands or to Fiji."

Manuel Terai says wedding tourism is expected to repair some of the recession damage to the North American tourist market.