India: Is There a Market in Mumbai for a Gay Hotel?

Published Date Author: , April 8th, 2012

The Out NYC recently opened its doors to cater to gay tourists, but is also welcoming straight couples. We look at whether there is a market here for hotels specially targeting same sex couples.

Over the years, pink money has contributed to the success of different sectors, including hospitality, retail, fashion, beauty and travel across the globe, and has seen a considerable contribution to businesses everywhere. In keeping with the growing demands of this community, New York recently got it’s first gay hotel, The Out NYC. Is it time we got one in Mumbai too?

Film director Onir says, “Lots of hotels have reservations about letting out rooms to gay couples. Hence, it would be nice to have a gay-friendly hotel in Mumbai.” However, Vikram Doctor of Gay Bombay, an organisation that creates safe spaces for gay people, believes the concept serves no purpose. He says, “The standards of hospitality are very good and professional in India, so they are not likely to frown upon gay couples who book a room together. Also, I don’t like the idea of having a separate hotel for the gay community. Why can’t we have one hotel for everyone? The New York hotel targetting a gay clientele sounds like a gimmick.”

Full Story from the Times of India

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