The 10 Best Gay Holiday Destinations.
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.