India to fly the rainbow flag for LGBT tourists


India jostles for popularity within the LGBT travelling community.

Indian tour operators are reportedly catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and paving the way for India to become the ultimate ‘pink’ travel destination.

After the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 2009, the amount of exclusive Indian gay-tour operators have become prevalent around the nation, IBN Live reported.

“LGBT tourists want the same things as any traveller: to feel safe and welcome,” International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) president and chief executive John Tanzella said.

“Feeling welcome is not only a reference to local hospitality, but also to larger issues of governmental rights.”

The primary concerns of pink travellers are safety and discrimination, which new-age operators claim they can provide through extensive networking and planning.

“An LGBT company caters to gay travellers, so their tour packages will often include gay nightlife or interactions with local gay business people,” Mr Tanzella said.

“Pink tour operators can anticipate the requirements of gay travellers better compared to normal tour operators,” Pink Escapes founder Bhuvan Mehta said.

Cities such as Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Khajuraho and Varanasi are popular with LGBT travellers and locations like the back waters of Kerala, Marari Beach, Bangalore and the foothills of Himalayas are favoured.

“There’s an added appeal to places that have a developing gay scene, like Delhi,” Mr Tanzella said.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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