In Mexico, LGBT tourism increases up to 8% per year

LGBT tourism in Mexico is celebrating and with an upward activity, since, derived from an attractive product and being a friendly destination, it registers annual growth of up to 8 percent.

Gay bear. Image: Flickr
Gay bear. Image: Flickr

For just over seven years, LGBT tourism has shown this increase, and it is expected to continue at the same rate in the future. Mexico is a country that has a legal norm that makes it friendly. What the tourist is looking for is that there is a legal buffer, which here is rooted in the Federal Antidiscrimination Law. 

In the country there are other laws in support of the LGBT community such as the Regulatory Law of Mexico City, allowing equal marriages and adoption, as well as having organizations such as the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred).

The most important destinations in LGBT tourism are Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos, and Coahuila.

Puerto Vallarta has established itself as a benchmark in the LGBT community by having a romantic area (Calle Lázaro Cárdenas) where there are bars, clubs, beach clubs and special stores for this community. Puerto Vallarta has 12 exclusive hotels for the LGBT community such as Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa, Hacienda Escondida, Blue Chairs Resort by The Sea, Hotel Mercurio and Piñata PV. Puerto Vallarta has always been taken as a point of reference in LGBT tourism in the United States and that has allowed opening other markets such as South America and Europe.

Approximately 5.6 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of tourism is explained by the LGBT segment. On average LGBT travelers have a stay of three nights-four days and an economic benefit of 700 dollars, 15 percent more than the traditional tourist.

In Latin America there are 615 million inhabitants, 42 million of them are potential consumers of the LGBT community, which generate an outlay of 65 billion dollars and a global scale of 200 billion dollars.

In Mexico City, men seek more of an entertainment, fun and shopping experience, while women prefer more culture and adventure, that is, they leave more of the area and stroll. In the city innumerable activities are developed for the LGBT traveler, such as the Mix Festival, which is a month of film activities and sexual diversity in different venues, in addition to the Ministry of Culture organizes another event called Diverso, with the night of the Gay pride.

On the northern border is beginning to develop gay medical tourism, which few take into account, and where patients are taken to perform procedures for a sex change, breast implants or buttocks.

By Mexicanist

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