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http://newsbox.msn.co.uk/article.as...ortlive&ks=0&mc=5&ml=ma&lc=en&ae=windows-1252

Paul Majendie for Reuters said:
"Pink pound" gay tourist market booming


By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - Eager to cash in on a worldwide gay travel boom, Britain is chasing "the pink pound" with a campaign to boost one of the fastest growing tourist markets.

The national tourist agency VisitBritain is urging gays around the globe: "Isn't it time you came out ... to Britain.

Gay tourism is now worth up to three billion pounds a year to the economy with London positioned to rival New York, Sydney and Amsterdam as a hot spot for gay visitors.

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) has recorded a 100 percent rise over the last year in companies offering specialist holidays to Britain.

"Gay people have more disposable income to spend on entertainment and travel. They take two to three holidays a year. It makes sense to focus on them," said IGLTA spokesman Stephen Coote.

VisitBritain is concentrating its efforts to lure the pink pound on the Internet.

"The United Kingdom has come a long way since the dark days when homosexuality was considered illegal," the www.VisitBritain.com/gay site assures gays in English, German, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, French and Dutch.

"This is a booming market. We are perceived as a very tolerant society," VisitBritain spokesman Elliott Frisby told Reuters.

"The Americans are our top targets," he said of the site which has received 100,000 hits since being set up last year.

"Surveys show that 87 percent of the gay community in the United States holds a passport. The national average is just 29 percent," he said.

The site does not just confine itself to singing the praises of Gay London.

"Warm Scottish hospitality will be ready to teach your Braveheart," it promises.

Cardiff is hailed as "the spiritual home of Welsh rugby where the best players shave their legs" -- a reference to flamboyant Welsh centre Gavin Henson.

"See what a little fairydust can do to a great city," the site says of the gay and lesbian district in Manchester.

In July, London hosts the annual Europride parade and festival for the first time.

"We are anticipating up to one million more gay visitors to Britain this year. Certainly hotels are gearing up for a massive invasion of gay tourism," said Pride organiser Jason Pollock.

"Up to five years ago, we were totally neglected and nobody wanted to know about the Pink Pound," he told Reuters.

"Now it has become one of the most gay-friendly places on the planet.
"See what a little fairydust can do to a great city," (Manchester.)
I'll have to mention that next time I see a couple of hundred MUFC fans.

I don't recall any other sexual orientation groups being specifically targetted for this type of advertising, but Stephen Coote of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association reckons that homosexuals have more disposable income - why is that ?
 
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At a guess Cuts, I'd say its because they have no kids. What is the average annual expenditure per sprog? 4-5£k?
 
#3
they have more disposable income because they generally don't raise children ! Calculate the costs of raising, say 2 kids until they have finished secondary education and you would be amazed at how much that is. If they go on to uni, add another 30 % to the cost. Plan it well ( like me) and you get : a nurse, a Chartered Accountant and a wine maker ! All in all, a good investment !!!!!
 

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sandmanfez said:
At a guess Cuts, I'd say its because they have no kids. What is the average annual expenditure per sprog? 4-5£k?
Aye I thought of that, but with the trend for dorii to calve later in life I imagined that might have been levelled to a certain extent. Perhaps that trend is not pronounced enough to make a difference.
 
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This surprises me, they must spend a lot of time and money on ....er...personal grooming requisites, shoes, those naff over the shoulder bags, ribbed sweaters, Chryslers, hoop lube, tampons (for those after-sex relaxed sphincter moments) etc etc*


*Flip, I seem to know a lot about this. Should I be worried?
 
#7
Maybe its an intellectual thing. I'm no expert, but knuckledragging jessies seem a bit thin on the ground, perhaps they just tend to have better jobs and more money.
 
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staaken said:
This surprises me, they must spend a lot of time and money on ....er...personal grooming requisites, shoes, those naff over the shoulder bags, ribbed sweaters, Chryslers, hoop lube, tampons (for those after-sex relaxed sphincter moments) etc etc*


*Flip, I seem to know a lot about this. Should I be worried?
I was about to ask that 8O do you have any lib dem tendencies?
 
#9
Why is it if you're into chucking one up another blokes claypit you have to have a special type of holiday? What's wrong with regular holidays, just bring you're own bum sex.
 
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