|New Zealand’s social media campaign to attract more LGBT visitors.|
Tourism New Zealand will marry one lucky Australian couple this August, under the country’s new same-sex marriage laws.
As part of a new competition, the tourism body will fly one Australian couple and eight guests across the Tasman for a ceremony to be held on August 19, the first day the Act is officially enforced.
“What we are doing with the competition is to highlight the fact how easy is it to come to New Zealand, get a license and get married,” Tourism New Zealand general manager Australia Tim Burgess said.
Many destinations are vying to host the union but a commercial agreement has not been finalised.
Since the same-sex marriage bill was passed in April 2013, Tourism New Zealand has launched a number of social media campaigns targeting Australian travellers.
Applicants can apply by visiting the Star Observer’s Facebook page, uploading a photo of their couple and stating why they would like to be married in New Zealand.
This campaign hopes to lure lovebirds in an effort to increase visitor numbers to New Zealand.
“You never know until you count them at the end of the year, but I'm optimistic the opportunity is there,” Mr Burgess said.
The union will not be legally recognised in Australia.