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Couple commended for exchanging vows on Mount Kilimanjaro


ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s tourism authorities have commended the move by two American nationals to exchange vows on the Africa’s highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

This came a day after the two American nationals—Richard Miller and Sara Lee—exchanged vows on Mount Kilimanjaro, located in northern part of Tanzania to fulfill their long-time dream.

Pascal Shelutete, a spokesperson of Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa), described the event as unique that needs to be emulated by other stakeholders in tourism industry and ordinary people in and outside the East African nation.

"We have never experienced such wedding to be held on the Mount Kilimanjaro," Shelutete said.

Cyril Akko, executive officer of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), also hailed the move which is unique in the Tanzania’s history.

He said: "The event is going to be catalyst that would promote Tanzania’s tourist destinations across the globe."

"Sometimes back during the last Christmas in Minnesota, United States of America, we had an engagement event with my hubby Richard Miller and committed ourselves that the wedding event must be done on the roof top of Africa and this is none other than Kilimanjaro Mountain," Lee said.

"Thereafter, we started planning for this historic and unique event by raising money for our trip to Tanzania and in particular Mount Kilimanjaro," she said, noting that their parents and other relatives were aware of the wedding plan.

Miller and Lee arrived in Tanzania last week and started their seven-day Kilimanjaro expedition through Machame route on September 20, spending an overnight at Machame Hut waiting eagerly for their wedding on the following day.

On Monday, Richard and Lee proceeded with their Kilimanjaro climb up to Baranco point and they are expected to summit on the rooftop of Mount Kilimanjaro on September 24, and expected to descend through Mweka Gate on September 25.



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