There’s no shortage of places in the former British Empire clamoring to become the honeymoon destination of choice for the Royal Couple after their nuptials in April.
The Government is being urged to offer Prince William and Kate Middleton an all-expenses paid honeymoon to New Zealand to create a “fairytale” tourism driver.
Diana Moore, who operates the $10,000-a-night Lake Okareka Lodge near Rotorua, has suggested the government provide a honeymoon as its official wedding present “instead of giving a wedding gift such as a piece of furniture”.
“The potential value in exposure to New Zealand from being part of this real-life royal fairytale is beyond imagination – certainly right up there with worldwide exposure from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.”
Although she’d “love to host William and Kate” after their April wedding next year, there would be no freebies, said Moore.
“I don’t think the prince would find the $10,000 a night price tag too much of a problem. It’s a lot of money for most of us, but our overseas guests tell us it’s actually good value compared to other luxury properties overseas and when you take into account favourable exchange rates.”
The lodge was rated among the top 10 most romantic places in the world to propose in a survey by Hotels.com this year.
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