A program of events aimed specifically at the LGBTI community dominated January’s International Tourism Fair in Madrid – with a new website also launched. Gay travelers are responsible for 15% of international tourism spending and they are also tend to travel more in the off-season. Spain is one of the top LGBT tourist destinations, in part thanks to its positive record on gay rights, with same-sex marriages introduced in 2005, nearly a decade before the UK. Madrid generated €150 million from its Gay Pride festival last year, and that figure is expected to rise in 2017.
February 8 / Expatica