Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mexico Woos Gay Tourists

As Mexico's tourism industry is threatened by recent drug cartel violence, officials are eyeing a new tourist block: same-sex honeymooners.

Mexico's highlighting the honeymoon of the first couple married under Argentina's new law allowing gay marriage, who are treated to an all-expenses-paid vacation in Mexico City.

Mexico City has an office specifically for recruiting gay tourists.

"We are a very tolerant, liberal, avant-garde city," tourism secretary Alejandro Rojas told CNN.

Officials hope to train hotels and restaurants on sensitivity and create maps with gay-friendly attractions. An international gay tourism conference is also on the table.

After Mexico City approved a gay marriage law last year, conservatives are pushing for laws banning same-sex nuptials. Earlier this week, the Council of Catholic Analysts of Mexico encouraged a boycott of Mexico City.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers spend $63 billion traveling annually in the U.S. alone, CNN reported.

Sources: CNN, Catholic News Agency

Photo: Newshopper, gay rights activists in Mexico City

1 comment:

Luxury hotel in Mexico said...

For gay couples as ourselves, a gay-friendly destination is on top of our list of places to spend our honeymoon. We are planning ours in Mexico. Of all the hot Destinations in Mexico, we are considering Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. And this decision taken by The Mexico government shows the maturity of the country.