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She's The One?

Goa wants to be a wedding destination

She's The One?
Atul Loke
She's The One?
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Back in 2000 itself, Goa had become a hot wedding destination internationally. The sand, sea, swaying palms and the quaint churches and lifestyle are ideal lure for couples wanting to say 'I do'. But the state hasn't really capitalised on it. Wedding tourism currently constitutes less than 5 per cent of the revenue earned from tourism, says Lester Melo of Weddings and Dreams, one of the many 'planners' that have mushroomed.

While foreigners—many go with the Hindu ceremony—decide to get hitched here because they "fell in love with the place", Goans living abroad have a more practical reason. Goa is the only state in the country with a uniform civil code (mandating compulsory registration) that entitles both partners to equal rights. "People feel this law is to their benefit," says D'Souza, chairman of the adhoc committee on laws set up by the state assembly. But the domicile rule, which he is recommending be dropped, is a hitch. He says Goans abroad would most likely lose their jobs if they were to wait the mandatory one month.

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