Marriage Equality Will Boost Gay Tourism Worldwide

Published Date Author: , March 14th, 2014

Gay WeddingGrowing acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States and around the globe will fuel the travel and hospitality industries and boost spending by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers, experts say.

Seventeen U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and a similar number of countries recognize gay unions. Last month Scotland legalized gay marriages, joining a list that includes the Netherlands, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and others.

Although the LGBT community is a small segment of the U.S. population, Charlie Rounds, of the Florida-based International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Foundation, said the changes in marriage laws will have big implications for travel in the United States and abroad. “It is going to be an inordinate percentage of the wedding market in the next five to 10 years,” he said in an interview during a visit to New York.

Authored By Patricia Reaney – See the Full Story at Reuters

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