New Delhi to host Asian gay & lesbian tourism forum

Published: September 30, 2011

NEW DELHI, India – Tourism and hospitality professionals from across India and throughout Asia will convene in New Delhi on 28 November, for Community Marketing’s 1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism, in partnership with American Airlines, IGLTA, Out Journeys, and Pink Banana Media.

The Symposium features educational presentations and networking opportunities for government tourism offices, visitor bureaus, destination management companies, meeting planners, and travel suppliers including airlines, hotels, tour operators, etc. Topics include market research, sales, marketing, advertising, web 2.0, public relations, meetings and events; many illustrated by case studies. Featured speaker! The Honourable Ashok Row Kavi, Founder of Bombay Dost, Founder Humsafar Trust, MINGLE Advisory Board Member.

To learn more about speakers and topics, and to register, please visit the Symposium website.

India: Enormous interest among LGBT Travelers
India was selected to host the 1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism due to its recent emergence on the global “gay map,” resulting from the cancellation of Section 377 banning same-gender relations.

Symposium organiser Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI), founded in 1992, is the world’s leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) tourism research, communications and marketing agency. Recent research among 3,865 American LGBT consumers conducted by CMI demonstrated the pent-up demand for visiting India.

When past LGBT visitors to India were asked if they would return, over 80% indicated, “yes.”
Culture, history, temples/religion/spirituality and cuisine are the top activities and interests
35% of past LGBT visitors to India had been there multiple times.
“The research found that among gay men, India ranks as the #2 desired cultural/adventure destination just behind Thailand, but ahead of China, South Africa and Japan,” Said Thomas Roth, Founder and President of Community Marketing. “India is the #1 desired destination from this list among lesbians surveyed. At the Symposium, Mr. Roth will present CMI’s latest research findings and trends affecting the future of gay tourism and hospitality.

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