Colombo, Nov 5 (newsin.asia) – At least 75 Chinese couples will tie the knot in a mass wedding in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Dec 17 as the island has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists, the local Sunday Times reported Sunday.
The mass wedding will take place at Independence Square. The brides and grooms are presently being selected by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo.
President Maithripala Sirisena will be the Guest of Honour at the grand ceremony where there will be a colourful pageant following which the President will hand over the wedding certificates to each newly wedded couple.
The couples will later be entertained to dinner at the Water’s Edge in Battaramulla, and will leave the following day in three groups for a tour of Yala, Sigiriya and Kandy.
The event is being undertaken by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development together with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing and the Sri Lankan Tourism Authority.
Sri Lanka has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists with China currently being the second largest market with the most number of tourist arrivals.
Till September this year, over 200,000 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka with Tourism Minister John Amaratunga stating recently that they were expecting more during the peak months starting October.
Amaratunga said that Sri Lanka was the ideal location for couples to have a grand wedding as it had been classified as an ideal wedding destination.
“We will see more such weddings happening in the future,” he said.