Will Lawsuit Against Bisbee’s New Civil Unions Ordinance Backfire Against Arizona Tourism?

Author: , April 5th, 2013

Arizona mapThe tiny southern Arizona town of Bisbee passed a civil unions ordinance this last week, and a lawsuit from state Attorney general Tom Horne wasn’t far behind. But could it hurt tourism? AZ Family reports:

In the midst of the back and forth, there’s concern that fighting Bisbee’s decision is hurting the state’s reputation. “The public consensus is that this is a non-issue anymore and that this should just be left alone,” said Ben Bethel, who owns The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. He believes this latest legal battle will leave a bad taste in tourists’ mouths. “People will take their conventions, they will take their businesses and they are going to take their dollars and they will move them to those places instead of Arizona,” he said.

Arizona’s reputation has already been badly damaged by the GOP’s actions, most notably the “papers please” law. My husband Mark, who is Hispanic American, wouldn’t set foot there for years, and only went the last time because my grandmother was deathly ill.

Hawaiian Hotels Banking on Civil Unions

Author: , January 4th, 2012

Hawaiian Hotels and Civil UnionsThe new year could bring Hawaii hotels a wave of same-sex marriage ceremonies. At least, that’s what they’re hoping.

Many hotels in Maui especially, where there were 5,900 non-residential marriages in 2010, are specifically targeting same-sex couples now that a law went into effect Jan. 1 legalizing civil unions.

The Grand Wailea, for instance, is offering free iPads to the first 10 couples who sign up for civil union packages, according to The Maui News.

Full Story from USA Today

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Hawaii: Maui Hotels Expecting Boost From Civil Unions

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Maui Civil UnionsMaui hotels and resorts are gearing up to host same-sex couples in Hawaii to formalize their relationships starting New Year’s Day.

Industry insiders have said they expect that the law legalizing civil unions, which takes effect Jan. 1, will lead to a boost in tourism among same-sex visitors. Hotel executives said they’re actively reaching out to the gay and lesbian community with promotions and packages aimed at couples who are eager to make their commitment official.

“We’ve had 10 ceremonies booked so far,” said Chuck Spence, owner of the Maui Sunseeker LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) Resort in Kihei. “Already we’ve also seen an immediate boost in bookings, and not just because of civil unions, but because the law also opens up the perception by the gay and lesbian community that Hawaii is truly a welcoming state. We are aloha.”

Full Story from Maui News

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Hawaii Prepares for Gay and Lesbian Couples as Civil Unions Near

Author: , November 14th, 2011

Hawaii Civil UnionsLong a destination for weddings, Hawaii extended the aloha spirit this year to civil unions and wedding planners are anxiously awaiting the stroke of midnight on December 31 when LGBT couples take advantage of the new law, which was signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) in February.

On New Year’s Eve, if all goes according to plan, hundreds of LGBT couples will say, “I do,” on Waikiki Beach as fireworks ignite in the sky over Honolulu. Arlei Patterson and her business partner Nancy Wilder of Arlei Style, an event planning business, are organizing Union of a Lifetime, which they’ve been working on for a year.

The three-day event will begin with a sunset rehearsal dinner featuring Hawaiian barbeque. Couples will honeymoon New Year’s Day before finalizing official paperwork January 2 and celebrate with a reception afterwards, said Patterson.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Greece to Recognize Civil Unions to Woo Gay, Lesbian Tourists?

Author: , September 4th, 2011

Greece Civil Unions and Gay TourismThe Greek Government has signalled that it will recognise same-sex civil unions in a bid to attract more gay and lesbian tourists to the country in the face of mounting financial woes.

Tourism is Greece’s largest industry and the global pink tourist pie is estimated to be worth more than $140 billion a year.

Gay and lesbian tourists have been moving away from the traditional gay travel meccas of Mykonos and Lesbos in recent years, according to OutNow Consulting, a global firm specialising in marketing to the LGBTI community.

Full Story from the Star Observer

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Maui Shines For Gay Travelers Again

Author: , July 9th, 2011

With gorgeous vistas, pristine beaches, and sophisticated hotel and restaurant options, Hawaii has long been a favorite destination for even the most seen-it-all travelers. But the islands’ allure dimmed for gay vacationers on July 6, 2010, when Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a civil unions bill.

The state that launched the marriage equality movement in 1993 when its Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights — a decision later rendered moot by a constitutional amendment — no longer seemed like a gay-friendly paradise.

Fast-forward to February 2011: New governor Neil Abercrombie signed civil unions legislation into law as his first act in office. Three months later Hawaii became the 13th state to ban employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Hawaii is also now, without question, the birthplace of our nation’s most gay-friendly president. It’s a new day for the Aloha State, and the perfect time to reward Hawaii with your company.

Full Story from The Advocate

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Will Civil Unions Bring More Gays & Lesbians to Hawaii

Author: , February 23rd, 2011

The debate over whether Hawaii should allow civil unions has divided the community for years.

The expected signing today by Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Senate Bill 232, making it legal for same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter a civil union, is now creating factions within the state’s visitor industry and business community regarding how best to gain economic benefits from the measure.

There’s no question that the legislation, which goes into effect Jan. 1, opens up business and tourism opportunities for the state and affords members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities the right to mark their unions with a legally binding ceremony. After Iowa’s gay-marriage law went into effect last year, the state saw tourism gains from same-sex couples, their supportive friends and the so-called “creative class” that prizes diverse destinations. Travel and business writers from USA Today to the Chicago Tribune and Travel & Leisure magazine mentioned Iowa — once better known for its corn industry — in their coverage of the same-sex destination boom.

Full Story from The Star-Advertiser

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