Sunday, August 13, 2006

Honeymoon in exotic Mulu

MIRI: Thirty foreign couples have a chance to get married at the Mulu World Heritage site famous for its caves.

Sarawak wants to capitalise on its multi-ethnic and multi-national hub by turning Miri and Mulu into an international wedding and honeymoon destination.

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is organising the International Mass Wedding here in August next year, offering fully-sponsored wedding and tour packages to lovebirds from 30 different countries.

STB director for northern Sarawak Lee Kim Shin said there was still plenty of tourism potential in weddings and honeymoons, especially for foreigners who want to sample an exotic tropical wedding.

“We are offering couples a chance to experience marriage and honeymoon in true Sarawak-Borneo style,” he said.

“The STB, with help from the airlines, hotels and tour agencies, would be sponsoring the wedding package.

“They should be in the business and executive sectors and be between 35 and 45 years old.

“They must use their traditional wedding costumes and Sarawak's ethnic wedding gear.

“Each couple will also be given a chance to plant a tree which will have the couple’s name and country and wedding date inscribed on a plaque.”

The couples would also visit the national parks, longhouses and traditional villages.

To a question, Lee said interested couples must register their marriages in their respective countries.

The Sarawak part of their wedding is only for the purpose of ceremonial celebrations and honeymoon, he added.

The STB would set up a website soon to enable interested couples to apply.

Source: The Star

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