Taiwan Woos Gay Tourists

Author: , September 3rd, 2014

Taiwan - Apple MapsTaiwan is officially wooing gay tourists in the hope of becoming Asia’s top tourist destination in a region that is often openly hostile toward gay people, reports GayAsiaNews.com.

In its bid to raise its presence on the world stage, Taiwan has been pushing hard to increase tourist numbers. Lagging behind rivals Japan and China, Taiwan’s tourism bureau has teamed up with Google to create a personalized ad campaign to promote itself as a gay and lesbian haven by promoting “G5” as the largest gay circuit party in East Asia, according to chinatopix.com.

The G5 party, set to take place over the New Year, is being promoted on the Internet with dazzling music shows and scantily-clad men.

Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Twelve Surprising Gay Friendly Destinations

Author: , April 5th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenThe gay travel industry is booming, in large part because of the increased worldwide acceptance of the LGBT community. From LGBT travel associations like Alt and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), to LGBT cruise lines like Atlantis, Olivia and R Family Vacations, the gay and lesbian communities are becoming highly prized markets for the travel industry.

According to Merryn Johns, travel writer and Curve Magazine’s editor-in-chief, “[G]ay men and lesbians take at least four leisure trips per year, which is higher than their heterosexual counterparts, and fewer than 10% of LGBTs take organized trips of any kind. This makes gays and lesbians more frequent and more adventurous travelers than straight people.”

But LGBT travelers also seek different comforts. “Romance, seclusion and nature are important to lesbians when they travel, whereas gay men often seek out a scene or bars and clubs. While safety is important to lesbians when they travel, they … seek romance, outdoor adventure, culture and value for money,” she said in an interview with PolicyMic. “Not to mention some great beaches, which means they may seek out more exotic and far-flung destinations than other travelers.”

Authored By -Marcie Bianco See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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Taipei, Taiwan Two Ways

Author: , March 6th, 2014

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As one of our favorite under-rated cities in Asia, Taipei has only recently started to get mainstream attention. (Case in point: The New York Times chose it as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2014). If you’re considering a trip, here are some popular highlights, including where to eat, where to shop, what to do, and where to stay. Plus we’ve included our favorite places where you’ll find fewer tourists and lots of locals.

EAT & SHOP

Popular Eats: Shilin Night Market is one of the most widely known – and therefore most tourist-packed – night market in the city. Since the relocation of most its food vendors into one building close to the main network of shops, it’s become even more of a tourist trap. To go where the locals go…

Under-the-Radar Eats: Raohe Night Market is more far-flung among the city’s night markets, but it’s arguably the best for food. Any of the typical dishes found here – stinky tofu, oyster omelettes, crispy chicken – make it worth the trek. If it’s browsing that interests you, try the less-crowded Tonghua Night Market (also known as Linjiang Night Market, because it’s located on Linjiang Street). There, enjoy Korean imports galore alongside cheap but delicious teppanyaki.

Authored By Christine Wei – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Corporations Support Taiwan Pride

Author: , October 28th, 2013

taiwanFortune 500 companies welcomed Taipei Pride as a sign of Asia’s progress on LGBT rights.

Gay Star News reported an overwhelming show of support for the Taiwanese LGBT community this weekend. An estimated 60,000 attendees took to Taipei’s streets to celebrate what is being called Asia’s biggest gay pride event.

Now global companies join local community representatives who endorsed the pride parade saying it shows a growing ‘LGBT inclusiveness’ in Taiwan. Taiwan’s representative for the Mr Gay World 2013 Darien Chen told Gay Star News: ‘Taiwan Pride is the biggest in Asia because of our accepting social atmosphere.’

Authored By Jean Paul Zapata – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Exploring Gay Taiwan

Author: , October 2nd, 2013

taiwanIn Taiwan today, gay travelers don’t have to go to gay-specific spots to meet cute guys or restrict themselves to cities in order to travel openly with their partners. The whole island has become accessible in ways unimaginable just a couple of years ago. We now benefit from the work of a new wave of gay entrepreneurs and one of the most progressive and successful LGBTQ movements in Asia.

These developments come in line with a recent Taiwanese trend to value community, nature, and creativity over name brands and industrial expansion. A new generation of young people is embarking on quests to find personal fulfillment, to the chagrin of traditional parents who don’t understand why their sons and daughters would quit solid 9-5 desk jobs to open coffee shops.

Living in Taipei this past year, I found dozens of quirky and personalized small businesses all over the capital city, thriving in rundown cement houses from the 1950s. Peg Coffee is decorated solely with pirate manga action figures, while the world’s first Barbie Cafe, opened this past January, is decorated only in pink. At Noise Kitchen the tables you eat on are also xylophones, while at Puzzle Cafe the mahogany tables you drink tea on are designed to fit 1,000-plus-piece puzzles.

Authored By Allister Chang – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Tantalizing Taipei, Taiwan

Author: , April 1st, 2013

taiwanPlanning a trip to Taiwan, China’s island cousin? Passport Magazine has you covered, with details on visiting this Asian nation for gay travelers:

Bears lumber in packs down the streets of Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city. I watch from a sidewalk, snapping away with my trusty PowerShot camera. One of those bears, wearing a Hollister T-shirt, waves a furry paw at me, while with the other he clasps the hand of a grinning, lanky monkey.

Perhaps I should clarify what’s going on here. Despite Taiwan’s glorious greenery and nature, which cozies up against parts of the city, these are not real animals, this is the annual Taiwan LGBT Pride march, and “bears” are the dominant sub-species lately. Like most Asian gays today, they favor Hollister and Abercrombie. Similar to green handkerchiefs in Oscar Wilde’s era, these brands have become code for “I’m gay!” Bears maintain stocky, worked-out physiques with a belly, and as much facial hair as they can muster that’s neatly styled. As for “monkeys,” those are non-bears (e.g. twinks, gym bunnies, etc.) that admire bears.

Who knew they had Bears in Taiwan?