COLOMBO (REUTERS) – Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday (Dec 17) in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island’s Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more tourists.
“It’ll be an opening to say Sri Lanka is the best destination for foreigners.”
Chinese tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka have been rising and now account for around 13 per cent of the two million tourists a year who visit the country, second only to the number of Indian visitors, official data shows.
Tourism accounts for around 5 per cent of gross domestic product and arrivals this year have already reached about 2.3 million.
“This is a beautiful country. We love the traditional ceremony,” bridegroom Wei Ying Nang, 28, told Reuters after the wedding, standing beside his wife, who was dressed in a white wedding frock while he wore a suit.
Alice Wu, dressed in a golden sari from Sri Lanka’s mountainous region, said she was interested in the culture since she studied traditional Kandyan dancing in Sri Lanka three years ago.
Her husband, 25-year old Henry Liu, wore a traditional red costume resembling the dress of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka.