Tourism NZ searches for first same-sex Aussie couple to wed in NZ

Tourism NZ searches for first same-sex Aussie couple to wed in NZ
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Tourism New Zealand is launching off the country’s new marriage equality laws through a competition to find the first Australian couple to be wed in New Zealand.

The winning couple will be flown to New Zealand for a dream wedding to take place on 19 August 2013 – the first day the Marriage Amendment Act will come into force. The destination has not yet been announced, with the reveal to come in July alongside the winners. Along with the ceremony, the prize also includes accommodation and reception.  

The national search was developed by Eleven PR with entry opening today through a Facebook campaign and close partnership with The Star Observer.

Tourism New Zealand’s general manager for Australia, Tim Burgess, said the recent decision to let same-sex couples marry in New Zealand has created news around the world.

“We wanted to give Australians the chance to be part of history and make it possible for one Australian same-sex couple to become the first to marry in New Zealand.”

It’s a smart move by the bureau which is sure to see a jump in its tourism for Australia thanks to the laws.

The legalisation of same-sex marriage typically sees a rush of money to the area, with New York receiving a $259 million boost in its first year of the decision, and New Zealand’s move is predicted to assist the country’s ad industry.

New Zealand’s popular wedding destinations include the vineyards of Hawke’s Bay, atop the Tasman Glacier via helicopter or amid the Marlborough Sounds.

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