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Indigenous group wedding to be held to boost tribal tourism

2012/04/18 21:21:20

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) An indigenous group wedding will be held in southern Taiwan later this month to celebrate the country's Austronesian culture and promote tribal tourism, the Tourism Bureau said Wednesday.

The "Austronesian Wedding" event, to be held at the Maolin National Scenic Area in Pingtung County, will feature traditional wedding customs, including ancient dowry presentation and rituals believed to bring good luck to the couples.

Now in its seventh year, the April 28-May 13 event is aimed at promoting indigenous culture and introducing specialist tourism to both local and foreign tourists, according to a tourism official.

A total of six couples will take part in the event this year, the official said, while those who have been married there in previous events will also attend to build up the carnival-like atmosphere.

"We have had a number of transnational marriages in the past and we want to further shape the region as a destination for marriages and honeymoons," said Ho Hsiu-ling, a division chief of the scenic area's administration office.

Partly because of this, Ho said, the event is being held earlier in the year compared with previous events, which have been held in the autumn, to improve international promotion of the weddings.

"We want to start the campaign as early as possible so that it can get more media exposure," Ho said.

She explained that early promotion in spring coincides with many travel fairs in Southeast Asia, which also has a rich heritage of Austronesian culture.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)