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Rebecca Hochreiter

LGBT Destinations on the Rise for Weddings

RebeccaIt’s always exciting news in the event world when a country changes its stance on same-sex marriage and opens its borders to all couples, regardless of different views or values. LGBT-friendly countries are seeing increased travel and tourism from weddings, honeymoons, conferences, and other special events.

Let’s take a look at some of the emerging LGBT destinations around the world:

Starting off in the U.S., the Big Apple is one of the most welcoming and accepting cities in the world. In a city where individualism rings true, travelers of all walks of life are sure to find something exciting and entertaining, whether it’s cocktail hour on the High Line or tickets for the group to "Hamilton" (with a little advance planning of course!).

Paris. Venice. Ibiza. There’s just something about Europe that exudes culture and history--perfect for any history buff who is after the finer things in life. Luxury hotels, iconic attractions, and savory cuisines draw in crowds from afar, making Europe an ideal location for same-sex couples to host a celebration.

With Vancouver, B.C., as one of the most liberal hotspots in North America, British Columbia has quickly become a popular destination for LGBT couples to get a taste of adventure in the Rockies while retreating to fashionable cities for great food and accommodations. British Columbia also lends a bit of an Old World feel for those after a cozy, quaint retreat.

South Africa offers a wealth of activities for any adventure-seeker, as well as a lively metropolis for anyone looking for high-end accommodations, refined food and luxury shopping opportunities. LGBT couples are warmly welcomed and are offered the whole array of experiences, whether they want to embark on a safari tour or to a getaway to a beachside cabana.

Don’t let the size of New Zealand fool you--this small island packs a punch, with an abundance of outdoor adventures that await every traveler. From world-class resorts to volcanic parks, there is truly something in New Zealand for every visitor. Auckland and Queenstown are equally vibrant cities to explore and tourists that are just a short flight away from Australia if island-hopping is the plan.

Of course, the global landscape changes each and every day for LGBT couples, so stay tuned in the news to keep abreast of any major changes. As same-sex marriage recognition spreads, we forecast many more locales to join this list!

Rebecca Hochreiter is the vice president of marketing and customer engagement at, the world's leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. has worked with nearly 25,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings. is one of the award-winning brands in the Celebration Travel Group collection. 


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