Gay tourism remains mostly ignored in Asia

Sep 11, 2008 Full story: lgbttravel.blogspot.com 9

Asia is still reluctant to promote itself to the gay market, including gay-friendly Thailand, while the United States, Australia, South Africa and Europe have now for over a decade targeted gay travelers as a potential market generating a lot of revenues and positive exposure for a country or a city. In Europe, the success of the annual Europride testifies of the importance taken by the hosting of a gay event. In 2007, Madrid welcomed over two million travelers during the Europride hosting, a record in the event's history.

As more countries recognize the power of the pink tourist dollar, gay tourism remains largely ignored from Asian countries. Most of the time, market experts estimate that Asia's reluctance hangs more to traditions than true hostility to gay tourism.

"Asian societies are rather conservative and a large share of the population still relies on traditional values. Images of openly gay clubs in Bangkok or transvestites performance shows do not reflect the real feeling of locals," explained Juttaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for Marketing Communication at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

In predominantly Muslim Indonesia and Malaysia, being gay is still considered as a sin. However, it has not hindered a fairly lively gay scene to flourish in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bali.

The message to gay tourist communities remains "subliminal" in Asia. Although many countries have today a more open attitude to gay travelers, marketing to gay crowds remains largely into private hands. Taiwan's hosting of the first large pride parade of the Chinese world in 2003 turned it into the gay-friendliest destination in Northeast Asia. Gay hotels and travel agencies have also recently flourished in Cambodia.

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Ralph

Florissant, MO

#2 Sep 12, 2008
Brook wrote:
Most Americans killed in the tsunami were homosexuals seeking boys.
Well, Wil, I guess you were lucky you had booked your trip a few months earlier.

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#3 Sep 12, 2008
Brook wrote:
Most Americans killed in the tsunami were homosexuals seeking boys.
Utter falsehood.
trevor

UK

#5 Nov 4, 2008
thank god

“A T-Girl in Progress”

Since: Dec 07

St. Cloud, Florida

#6 Nov 4, 2008
Check out the long history of "Real Man of Genius"s posts, paying special attention to the ISP locations! They include many gay tourist areas, and third-world countries where an American can "rent" a young boy for a few American dollars! That's one well-traveled troll - and I mean TROLL in the most literal sense!

-Shay
Bagus

Indonesia

#7 Apr 17, 2013
Who American or Argentine gay? Who need Indonesian gay?

Please contact me.
Thank You

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#8 Apr 17, 2013
I hate FREAKIN' labels put on people!!

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#9 Apr 17, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
I hate FREAKIN' labels put on people!!
Because everyone knows it's much easier to dig through a random group instead of going to the place you want because you read the Label....

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#10 Apr 17, 2013
GAY THIS. GAY THAT... GAYS are PEOPLE...they don't have the word GAY tattooed on their forehead... THEY WERE BORN THAT WAY...once again..LABELS!!

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#11 Apr 18, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
GAY THIS. GAY THAT... GAYS are PEOPLE...they don't have the word GAY tattooed on their forehead... THEY WERE BORN THAT WAY...once again..LABELS!!
Labels are used to indicate what's inside a package, many of those descriptive terms are self-chosen. Who the hell are YOU to say that I can't call/refer to myself in that manner? Get the hell over yourself.

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