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Weddings given online boost

Bureaucracy and lengthy waiting times for civil weddings will be slashed in Paphos as the municipality has joined an innovative online platform, the mayor said on Tuesday.

Paphos is already a popular wedding destination and this new initiative is expected to boost the municipality coffers by tapping further into the overseas wedding market, mayor Phedonas Phedonos said.

On Monday Phedonos signed a contract with Lasirata Ltd to include Paphos on their new website, a system which will help intended spouses from all over the world to make their wedding reservations easily.

This will help to avoid lengthy procedures, waiting lists and the consequent suffering, he said.

Phedonos stressed that the municipality of Paphos supports any initiative that streamlines the municipality, promotes new technologies and help, direct services to the citizens.

“The platform,” said the mayor, “will decisively contribute to reducing bureaucracy, improve the quality of services, upgrade our tourist product, promote traffic and increase municipal revenues from this important activity.”

The site has just gone live.

According to founder Maria Evripides, the website is the first and only international online booking system that allows tour operators, travel agents, wedding planners and wedding couples themselves to secure confirmed overseas wedding dates and venues instantly.

The platform allows users to browse directories of the most popular hotel and municipal wedding venues in different destinations in Greece and Cyprus. Other destinations in Cyprus include Limassol, Ayia Napa, Protaras, Larnaca and Sotira.

She said: “Up to now, for example, it can take between six to eight weeks for a couple going to a travel agent in the UK to receive an answer if their wedding can go ahead, often the answer is negative as they are fully booked. This site is synchronised and bookings can be made instantly”.

This website cuts through this lengthy procedure, she said.

Evripides pointed out that the site only concerns the wedding venue and offers no other services such as flights, flowers, cakes and so on. “We don’t want to compete with other wedding services,” she said.

“I understood the obstacles facing couples and tour operators who were interested in planning a wedding abroad and that gave me the idea.”

Access is available free of charge to any user. A small fee is charged when users are ready to book a confirmed date and venue, she said.

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