To add to a slowly growing list of “tourisms” in our country, “marriage tourism” is another welcome addition to the industry. Recently our media reported the president on the defensive after being alleged of all sorts of views on the issue of freedom of worship and the jury is still out on the issue. According to the press secretary of the president, they are confronted with :
- Tour operators asking if wedding tourism would be considered a religious ceremony?
- And that the president’s office has received comments from foreigners who say they have canceled their holidays after learning of women being flogged and the public’s attitude towards corporal punishment.
On the question of wedding tourism, from what we see in resorts, most of the guests who renew their vows are already married and reliving their happy moments. There is no question of faith involved. Even guests who do not retie their knots sometimes bring their wedding gear to take home pics of themselves on the beach in their wedding dresses. Its becoming a fairly common sight in resorts nowadays. However if a guest truly needs a real McCoy wedding of a particular set of belief than they might have to bring in a lot more than a hastily packed wedding dress and coat and tie…
On the issue of some potential would be guests commenting to the president their displeasure on public thinking on capital punishment, this is a wholly local folly where an unpatriotic writer of DO publicized an already known and much known issue for the world’s media to see and to criticize. Their contention was with Islam as a belief but they ended up hurting our economy in a full-scale recession. So much for their patriotism.