Okinawa destination weddings fall 1.7%

According to Okinawa Prefecture Tourism Division statistics the number of so called destination weddings in Okinawa fell slightly from previous year. Weddings, for which both the new couple and guests travel to Okinawa from outside the prefecture for the nuptials are called destination weddings.

Prefecture officials say that such weddings totaled 4,289 couples that is 1.7 percent less than a year before. A bright spot is that the number of such couples from overseas, mostly form Taiwan and Hong Kong, rose to 141, an increase of 67.1%. Officials speculate that one reason for the increase could be that more couples have become aware that getting married in Okinawa is considered legally valid in their own countries.