Goa makes beach weddings a breeze

25th Feb 2013

Do you fancy tying the knot on the idyllic sandy beaches of Goa, with waves lapping gently in the background?

The picturesque coastal region in the south west of India has long been a magnet for couples wanting a relaxing, romantic getaway.

However, until recently those loved-up couples wanting to wed in a beach ceremony were required to jump through an endless series of bureaucratic hoops.

Couples needed the permission not only of the state's tourism department, but also the excise department and coastal zone management authority.

Now the Goan authorities have hacked back the thickets of red tape, meaning that any beach event will only need to be green-lighted by the tourism department.

The new ruling applies to everything from music shows and festivals, to beach weddings, concerts, night bazaars, exhibitions, meetings and conventions, making it far easier for natives and tourists to organise seaside events.

Tourism officials believe the new legislation will lead to a rise in the numbers getting hitched in Goa, while foreign performers and musicians will be able to perform on the beaches without having to worry about seeking multiple approvals.

Goa is one of India's top holiday destinations, with millions of travellers visiting each year to experience its beautiful coastline.

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