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World Rainbow Hotels collection is the first company to introduce LGBT-specific rate codes. Hotels are located in 50 different countries and 264 destinations. The group is marketing to 60,000 travel agencies and corporate bookers around the world, as an easy way for travelers to identify LGBT-friendly hotels. Hotels participating understand the value of joining a global group of hotels that welcome the gay community.
Experts believe GLBT tourism might constitute the biggest increase in India's visitors in the near future. It has the ability to be a safe haven, since homosexuality was decriminalised following a court order. 'It is an emerging tourism trend in Europe and has the potential to become one of the biggest segments in tourism,' tourism director Swapnil Naik said. However, a criminal complaint has been filed against the organizers of an event supporting GLBT tourism - this after complaints from Hindu rightwing groups and the Catholic church.
Mexico City has marked its 1,000th same-sex marriage since lawmakers in the capital approved marriage equality in March 2010. The city government states that about 6 percent of those getting married are foreigners. The first 1,000 weddings includes 548 gay couples and 452 lesbian pairs. About 85 percent of the marriages were between partners age 31 and older. The 1,000th wedding took place Sunday, uniting a 37-year-old Mexican university researcher and a 29-year-old Dutch man.
A cool straight couple recently brought their 4-year-old twins [Emily and Sophie] to Brooklyn Borough Hall and the kids offered to be flower girls for whoever might need them. Their father Steve said, "As adults, we view marriage equality as our generation's civil rights struggle and wanted to be there at the making of history and to have our daughters watch and participate in this very special occasion...We didn't know anyone getting married but thought it would be fun and interesting. It was very exciting and emotional for all."