Colombo, Nov 29 (newsin.asia) – One hundred Chinese couples will visit Sri Lanka next month to take part in a mass wedding celebration in the island country, the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry announced on Wednesday.
The Ministry said that this event, which will be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, is expected to further increase ties between Sri Lanka and China.
The mass wedding will be held on Dec 17 in capital Colombo, held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. 400 guests will also be attending the event.
Tourism Minister John Amaratunga told reporters that the event will be one of a kind and will help promote the island country as an ideal wedding destination.
Among the 100 Chinese couples, three are Olympic gold medalists.
The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, who are organizing this event together with the Tourism Ministry said that Sri Lanka shared a rich culture and had unique customs and rituals which had attracted many foreigners to visit the country.
“This is exactly the reason for 100 Chinese couples to visit Sri Lanka to celebrate the most important milestone of their life,” the Ministry said in a statement.
“The royal wedding will be a celebration of our strong bilateral relations and also serves as a platform to showcase Sri Lanka’s rich heritage.”
The mass wedding will also be followed by a Sri Lanka, China food festival which will be held at a luxury resort in Colombo. Some of China’s leading chefs will take part in the food festival along with top Sri Lankan Chefs.
The couples will later be taken on a tour of Yala, Sigiriya and Kandy, which are popular tourist sports in Sri Lanka.
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 which started from 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.