WAN­DER LUST

The 10 Best Gay Hol­i­day Des­ti­na­tions.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #225 - By Vanessa McQuar­rie

We gays are great trav­ellers, ad­ven­tur­ing around the globe seek­ing out new ex­pe­ri­ences, mak­ing life­long friend­ships and, let’s be hon­est, spend­ing a lot of money along the way…

The In­ter­na­tional Gay And Les­bian Travel As­so­ci­a­tion (IGLTA) shows the travel in­dus­try that we’re more than just an­other con­sumer seg­ment. Its Global Re­port On LGBT Tourism en­cour­ages travel busi­nesses to recog­nise our di­ver­sity and back-up the glossy mar­ket­ing with hu­man re­sources and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity prac­tices.

When LGBTIQ peo­ple travel, many of us look at a coun­try’s track record be­fore com­mit­ting to a visit. The Peter Tatchell Foun­da­tion’s re­port, The Eco­nomic Cost Of Ho­mo­pho­bia, shows coun­tries that crim­i­nalise ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity suf­fer sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic dis­ad­van­tages, in­clud­ing lost tourism rev­enue.

“It is safest and most eth­i­cal to choose to hol­i­day in coun­tries that are LGBTIQ-friendly,” Tatchell told DNA. The coun­tries with the great­est le­gal rights and pub­lic ac­cep­tance are North Amer­ica, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and those in West­ern Europe.

A Vir­gin Travel study that found two-thirds of LGBTIQ Brits choose not to visit a coun­try with a neg­a­tive track record in re­la­tion to their own LGBTIQ pop­u­la­tion.

IGLTA says that peace­ful and pro­tected pride events are a good in­di­ca­tion of a coun­try’s at­ti­tude to the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity. Pride cel­e­bra­tions across North Amer­ica and West­ern Euro­pean con­tinue to be highly pop­u­lar but, says Reece Farmilo of Out And About Travel, a num­ber of less es­tab­lished gay des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Vi­enna and Bangkok have suc­cess­fully pitched to LGBTIQ trav­ellers, agents and me­dia.

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