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Wedding trade thrives in Cyprus 2010-05-19

Couples from region opt for quick and convenient civil service on island

"It’s an investment that has paid off", says Hrach Kalsahakian

By Samia Badih,
Gulf News Staff Reporter
Published: 00:00 May 19, 2010

Dubai: On June 11, 2009, Bilal and his fiancée Rana (full names withheld) left to Larnaca, Cyprus to hold their civil marriage ceremony. The Lebanese couple of different religious backgrounds flew back to Beirut the same day, married.

A civil marriage package to Cyprus can cost anywhere between $1000 and $5000, depending on how long the couple plan on staying on the island.

It’s not only the Lebanese who are choosing the sunny island for marriage. Around 20,000 people from around the world pick Cyprus as their destination to say ‘I do’ every year

“The service has become efficient. Couples just go there and don’t need to do anything. They just have to say the wish that they want to get married,” said Hrach Kalsahakian, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Cyprus Tourism Organization. “In Cyprus they do all the formalities regarding the municipality.”

And indeed, it was easy for Bilal and Rana.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation is investing money in local Lebanese travel agencies to advertise for civil marriage wedding packages, Kalsahakian said. “It’s becoming an industry.”

According to figures released by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, the number of Lebanese who went to Cyprus to get married in 2008 was 882, more than triple what it was in 1995.

It’s an investment that has paid off as it has increased the number of civil marriages by 15 to 20 per cent over the last year. “Cyprus is close; the travel agencies are specialized and the documentation is known,” he said. “And people would do anything to get married.”

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