Civil mar­riages gen­er­ate € 120 mln in earn­ings

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Civil mar­riages in Cyprus, mainly from neigh­bour­ing and other Euro­pean coun­tries, are ex­pected to gen­er­ate some EUR 120 mln for the econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to Antigoni Kapodis­tria, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CTO).

Cou­ples wish­ing to com­bine their wed­ding with holidays in Cyprus mainly come from the UK, Is­rael, Le­banon, Rus­sia and other Rus­sian-speak­ing coun­tries. This sec­tor pro­vides an im­por­tant rev­enue for the lo­cal tourist in­dus­try, she added, as the is­land of­fers all nec­es­sary ser­vices re­lated to the civil mar­riage cer­e­monies.

In­come from wed­ding cer­tifi­cates alone amounts to 2.5 mil­lion eu­ros a year, she said, ex­plain­ing that the pack­age for civil mar­riage in­cludes the cost charged by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and par­ties. There is also the As­so­ci­a­tion of Wed­ding Organisers, set up at the CTO ini­tia­tive.

“Ev­ery year we have an av­er­age of 8,000 civil mar­riages from abroad, a num­ber which is ex­pected to rise this sum­mer due to an in­creased tourist flow to Cyprus, bring­ing sig­nif­i­cant gains to our is­land,” she told CNA.

Rel­a­tives and friends who ac­com­pany the cou­ple to be mar­ried in Cyprus num­ber about 250,000 a year.

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