Australia made history yesterday when it became the 26th country around the world to legalise same-sex marriage and give more Aussie couples the opportunity to tie the knot.

The Marriage Act was passed by the House of Representatives less than a month after Australian citizens voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a nation-wide poll.

According to SBS News, the majority of MPs submitted a ‘yes’ for the bill, while only four voted ‘no’.

The entire country erupted in celebration of the historic vote, including Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who Tweeted that it’s time “for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect”.

Aside from being INCREDIBLE news for our LGBTI friends in the travel industry, it’s also an opportunity for Australia to open its arms to couples around the world as the ultimate marriage destination for all.

After last month’s postal survey, Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia’s (GALTA) President, Mario Paez, said he expects Australia to benefit from an increase in destination weddings and honeymoons once the Marriage Act is amended.

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“We know that weddings drive tourism spend in cities and regions, with a range of suppliers benefitting and multi-day travel boosted by friends and family members travelling to be part of the celebrations.”

Mario Paez, GALTA President

“GALTA looks forward to helping drive opportunities for our members in reaching same-sex couples finally able to plan their special day.”

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Join us in congratulating Australia on this historic change.