Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Administrator0
Government amends Marriage Act to boost tourism
The Gibraltar Parliament has unanimously passed an amendment to the Marriage
Act. This amendment does not affect Gibraltar residents for whom the legal
requirements for marriage remain as before.
The measure has been a policy initiative of the Minister for Tourism, Commercial
Affairs, Public Transport and the Port, Neil Costa MP and the Gibraltar Tourist Board,
who together have carried out a detailed consultation with all relevant stakeholders
individually and via the UK Gibraltar Tourism Association.
The aim of the amendment is to derive greater economic benefits for Gibraltar from
those who come to be married in Gibraltar or on a Gibraltar-flagged ship.
One of the provisions in the new law is that couples married under special licence are
required to spend at least one night in Gibraltar, either before or after the ceremony
with the attendant hotel, restaurant and related spending that this will entail. There is
the added flexibility that the visiting couple can spend the relevant night as the guest
of a Gibraltar resident, rather than in a hotel.
With regard to the special-licence marriages aboard Gibraltar-registered passenger
ships by locally appointed deputy registrars, the Government expects that in the longterm,
these changes will serve as a further incentive for ship owners to re-register
their vessels under the Gibraltar flag.
The Minister declared that in the course of his extensive consultations with
stakeholders, there had been unanimous agreement as to the potential benefits to
the economy of this new policy initiative.
Mr Costa said: “The changes to the law introduced is yet another example of the
Gibraltar Government’s commitment to promote the Rock as a tourism destination
and to be innovative in its approach to developing the activities of the Gibraltar Ship
Registry. We are confident, as is the industry, that this measure will be successful
and that the Gibraltar economy will benefit from it. ”