Marriage Equality Brings Gay Tourists to Argentina

Author: , February 20th, 2012

Argentina, the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage, is becoming a popular tourist destination for gay travelers.

More than 3,500 gay nuptials have taken place in Argentina over the past 18 months. The country is now a top 5 destination for LGBT tourists. Buenos Aires, in particular, has welcomed the gay tourist boom.

According to the Argentina Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, gay tourists spend twice as much money as straight people and travel more frequently.

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Washington State Could See Increase in Gay Tourism if Marriage Equality Passed

Author: , February 4th, 2012

Gay Washington TravelLouise Chernin, president of the Greater Seattle Business Association, the largest gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender chamber of commerce in the U.S., said, “I think we don’t even know what the ripple effect will be to economically enhance this city and state.

“GSBA started ‘Travel Gay Seattle, where out is in’ initiative. We are working with the convention and visitors bureau. We’ve been working for the last year and a half , encouraging people to visit our beautiful state; this will be one more attraction.”

Chernin said that becoming a state that recognizes same-sex marriages would have huge economic effects. “How many people will choose to have celebrations — our florists, hotels, caterers, attorneys?” she asked.

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New York to Celebrate Gay Pride in Wake of Historic Marriage Equality Decision

Author: , June 25th, 2011

New York Gay prideThis is a momentous year for gay pride in New York. The military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed in December, marriage equality has been passed and the President has proclaimed that gay couples deserve the same rights as any other.

There’s a lot to celebrate. Here is a list of places to show your pride, support your friends and family and show the world that New York City is the greatest city in the world.

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Sydney Mardi Gras Parade in March to Focus on Marriage Equality

Author: , February 13th, 2011

Unprecedented public debate around the issue of same-sex marriage in recent months has shaped the overall theme to this year’s Mardi Gras parade. With parade entry applications now officially closed, New Mardi Gras (NMG) revealed on Friday there were at least 15 floats that will take a stand against Australia’s federal law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

And an “extravagant spectacle” in the parade will focus on the issue of marriage equality but further details will not be revealed until closer to parade night on March 5.

Parade Producer Vicktor Petroff said Mardi Gras 2011 is beginning to take shape “and what’s clear is that our communities have something to say”. “We are planning something huge and spectacular that will send a loud and clear message to the world about how strongly our community feels about this issue – watch this space,” Petroff said.

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Latin American Airline Nominated for Best Gay friendly Airline by LOGO

Author: , September 29th, 2010

MTV’s LOGO has nominated LAN Airlines for the coveted “Best Airline” award in their second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN Airlines is the only non-U.S. airline to be nominated for this accolade. American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and Virgin America are also nominated.

LAN Airlines Marketing Communications Manager, Megan Kat, was excited about the airline’s monumental nomination. “LAN Airlines is honored to be the only non-U.S. airline nominated for ‘Best Airline’ in Logo’s second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN is South America’s leading international airline, offering award-winning service to and within South America from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Toronto.”

Kat continued, “LAN provides extensive service to the top destinations in South America for LGBT travelers, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Lima, as well as more exotic tourist destinations such as Iguazu Falls, Easter Island, Cuzco/Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. LAN is also a proud and active supporter of several important LGBT organizations, including IGLTA, NGLCC, IGLCC and San Francisco Pride.”

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Mexico City Invites Gay/Lesbian Honeymooners

Author: , September 3rd, 2010

Gay Friendly Mexico Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation RentalsM

As more governments approve same-sex marriage laws, officials here are hoping to attract a growing part of the tourism market: gay honeymoons.

The first couple to wed under Argentina’s recent law allowing same-sex marriages nationwide arrives in Mexico this week on an all-expenses-paid trip — part of a new push by the government in Mexico City, Mexico to woo gay travelers.

“We hope that many same-sex couples who get married around the world spend their honeymoons here,”says Alejandro Rojas, the city’s tourism secretary.

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Buenos Airies Gay Travel to Boom

Author: , August 27th, 2010

Gay Friendly Argentina Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Buenos Aires has been making the cover of newspapers and magazines all over the world since the Argentine Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and the tourism industry there hopes for huge things.

Travel Weekly’s got on update on what the Argentineans are saying about there country post-marriage equality. “This will position us as… a great place to visit,” said Carlos Melia, a 36-year-old Argentine whose boutique travel agency and consulting firm, CM by Carlos Melia, specializes in gay travel to the region. “We’re on the front pages of newspapers and magazines all over the world. Now everyone’s talking about Buenos Aires and Argentina. Not just gays; other minorities see that Argentina is an open and accepting country.”

Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, gay-friendly hotels, world-class restaurants, and wonderful sites – all in an environment where people are free to be themselves – it’s a recipe for tourism success!

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Five Great Gay Marriage Travel Destinations

Author: , August 7th, 2010

Same-sex couples tired of waiting for California to get over its issues with homophobia should be encouraged by the number of great places where same-sex marriage isn’t just legal, it’s welcomed – in a few cases for years. (If you guessed “Utah,” please move to the back of the line.)

While the logistics of actually saying “I do” away from home can be lengthy and complex (especially overseas), here’s five destinations that support same-sex marriage that are worth seeing – and worth supporting with tourist dollars.

Vancouver, B.C.: Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, although Vancouver’s favorite “gayborhood,” Davie Village, has been the gay and lesbian heartbeat since long before that. A lot of the same vibe here as in San Francisco, although with an even bigger mix of ethnic cultures.

Barcelona, Spain: Fortunately, Gen. Francisco Franco is still dead. (To say the famed dictator was not a friend of Friends of Dorothy is a hefty understatement.) Among the best-loved cities in Spain for same-sex culture and nightlife, the main gay neighborhood in Barcelona is L’Eixample (alternately known as Gayxample), but much of the rest of the city is so vibrant don’t limit yourself, especially after 10 p.m. when the dinner bell finally rings.

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Argentina: Gay Tourism Set to Boom

Author: , July 23rd, 2010

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Argentina is set to see an increase in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourists who accounted for 17.8 percent of visitors in 2008, thanks to the same-sex marriage bill that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner signed into law yesterday evening.

Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer, one of the opening speakers at the third annual GNetwork360 tourism and marketing conference yesterday, talked to the Herald about the effect of the new law.

He said: “Argentina is already standing out. Two days ago I was told that interest in terms of tourism is already rising as this is a country that is more open than others in terms of rights and how it treats its citizens.”

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Can Gay & Lesbian Couples Travel to Argentina to Marry?

Author: , July 16th, 2010

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On July 15, the Argentinean senate legalized same-sex marriage. It is the first country in Latin America to protect equal rights for homosexual citizens. According to an

Associated Press news release, 33 lawmakers voted for, 27 against, and three abstained from the vote. The law will be officially established as soon as the official bulletin is published. President Cristina Fernandez seems to support the decision of the Senate. Here are some questions and answers about the new legislation to legalize gay marriage in Argentina.

Can a Gay Couple Travel to Argentina to Marry?

“Marriage tourism” probably won’t happen in Argentina just yet for two reasons. First, the law says that only citizens and permanent legal residents can have a civil marriage in the country. So, unless one member of the gay couple was either born in Argentina or has citizenship through family members, non-Argentinean gay couples will not be allowed to legally wed.

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