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Friday Forum: Where’s the Latest Gay Hot Spot?

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20090326173636_nepalWith the economic crisis rippling across the globe, tourism industries are ramping up their bids to lure gay tourists. A report from Nepal details how that country has taken steps recently to make itself more welcoming to gays and lesbians. Asia One spoke to Jyoti Adhikari, President of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, an umbrella organization of more than 700 travel agencies in the country, who said:

“It is something that foreign guests are always treated in a good manner. Compared to other Western countries, foreign gays and lesbians are not discriminated against here.”

The report goes on to say:

“A number of restaurants, discos and hotels have been established in the country that cater to gay and lesbian couples. Employees in these establishments have been trained to behave better so that visiting couples get the respect they are looking for.”

And while Nepal reaches out to gays and lesbians, what we want to know is where you want to travel. The LGBT community has a history of being first adopters: Turkey, Thailand and Argentina were all hot spots on the gay tourism circuit long before they slipped in to the mainstream consciousness, but what’s next? With airline fares plummeting, are you planning a trip abroad or are you staying close to home? Does the “staycation” have any appeal at all to gays and lesbians or our we embracing our inner vagabond?

If there’s one thing we know about Queerty readers, it’s that they’re on the cutting edge, so prove yourselves now by pointing our wanderlust in the right direction. We put it to you: Where’s the latest gay hot spot?