Japan Looks to the LGBTQ+ Tourism Market

Author: , January 11th, 2019

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Japan’s tourism industry is looking for ways to attract LGBT visitors from overseas and take advantage of their tendency to spend more than average tourists.

Tourism-related businesses all over the world are “scrambling” to attract LGBT travelers, who have “considerable purchasing and spending power,” said Shintaro Koizumi, chief executive of Out Japan Co., a Tokyo-based marketing firm conducting seminars and other programs to support corporate clients seeking to learn how to handle issues involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

With data showing that LGBT tourists spend about twice as much as average travelers, hotels and other accommodation facilities in Japan are stepping up efforts to appeal to them. The move is in line with a government target of attracting 40 million foreign tourists in 2020, up from 28.69 million in 2017, estimating total spending of ¥8 trillion during their stays, up from ¥4.42 trillion.

When American tourists visit Japan for 10 days, an average travel agency arranges tours that cost them $3,500 to $4,000 each, excluding airfare, according to industry officials. In contrast, trip arrangements made by a travel agency catering to LGBT clients generally cost more than $7,000.

By Jiji – Full Story at the Japan Times

 

Autumn In New York

Author: , October 31st, 2013

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FallSlightly above Albany and down to New York City, the Hudson River Valley offers a thriving diverse community with an established LGBT presence. October’s warm days and crisp nights accent the beauty of autumn’s prime. The vibrancy of the fall foliage makes a car trip a perfect fun-filled escape. So, pull up a map and see where in the Valley is the best place for your personal experience.

If you ever had a reason to break the piggybank, a stay at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz (Mountain Rest Road) may make you scramble for a hammer. This magnificent one-eighth of a mile long resort is at the river’s edge. The estate is surrounded by magnificent gardens where within five American Presidents vacationed. If the piggybank seems to be a bit low, stop at the House for lunch and a nice walk around its grounds.

Speaking of Presidents, if you are a history buff, visit The Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library & Museum (Albany Post Road) in Hyde Park. The surroundings are incredible and the estate is steeped in an era that reshaped modern America. Want more history – journey to West Point.

The beauty of nature compliments the eye candy at West Point. The campus is impressive and well worth an hour tour. The history and almost reverence of the grounds at this time of year stirs the American pride. The $35 Sunday Champagne Brunch at the remarkable Thayer Hotel (Thayer Road) is extraordinary. The Academy allows visitors to tour by bus and is quite strict about identification requirements, therefore, visit the Academy’s Website regarding sponsored tours.

When driving through the Hudson Valley, consider adding Poughkeepsie to your list of stops. While in town, experience the magnificent “Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park” (Parker Avenue) that provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River and its banks as you walk the longest (1.28 mile) pedestrian bridge in the world. Should your travel plans bring you to Poughkeepsie on October 26, you should not miss “The Great Poughkeepsie Costume Carnival.” This ‘creepy vintage carnival’ takes place downtown ($10 Ticket); there are prizes for the best use of glitter, best side show/freak show character, and of course, the best gender illusion. After the Carnival, you may want to stop for a drink at The Out Bar (Main Street).

If later October is the best travel time, I highly recommend that your sights are set on the Village of Nyack. Downtown Nyack is remarkably quaint and is filled with interesting shopping and great eateries. The Village is celebrating its Halloween Parade on October 26. Following the parade head over to Barz (US 9W) if you enjoy Saturday Dance Night.

New York has a jewel of the Halloween diadem that is set in Sleepy Hallow. Washington Irving immortalized North Tarrytown (renamed Sleepy Hallow in 1996) with the American classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. If time permits journey to nearby Irvington to stroll the grounds of Irving’s home, Sunnyside (Sunnyside Lane). You may want to search for the headless horseman by day as the Sleepy Hallow Cemetery (North Broadway) is a fully functional resting-place with gates open 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Nonetheless, if you want some excitement take an evening guided lantern-tour through the cemetery; hopefully, the night is clear and the moon bright.

As always, please make reservations and call ahead for special needs to avoid any disappointment.
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