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More than a niche

Catering to gay travellers can inject new life into a destination and help spur an upturn in the tourism industry overall.

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While some business segments are just beginning to understand and tap the potential of the LGBT community, the gay travel market is already well established, generating an estimated $65 billion in Europe and $64 billion in the United States last year, according to the Gay European Tourism Association. 

“It is a niche market but it’s a very, very large niche market and one that appears to be growing very rapidly, particularly in Asia,” says Nigel Phillips, managing director of London-based OUT4YOU, the operator of the websites Travel Gay Asia and Travel Gay Europe.

He foresees especially high potential for inter-Asian travel to keep growing within the gay community.

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