Colombia is one of the ‘best emerging LGBT tourist destinations’ for 2017

Stephen Gill, Colombia Reports
Originally published January 11, 2017

Colombia was nominated as the “best emerging LGBT tourist destination” for 2017 by the FITUR, an annual International Tourism Trade Fair to be held in Spain this month.

gay_congressNominees are judged at the event, which was held between January 18 and 22, with Colombia’s inclusion being a welcome recognition of the recent strides that the South American country has made regarding rights for the LGBT community.

“This nomination recognizes the work of Colombian entrepreneurs to meet the demand of this segment of tourism and the cultural diversity, connectivity and variety of tourism that Colombia has. Destinations such as Bogota, Medellín or Cartagena are already global references for the LGBT community. More and more attractive are the innovative experiences that our country offers in gastronomy, music, art exhibitions, as well as sun and beach plans, weddings and honeymoons”

ProColombia President Felipe Jaramillo

The approval of equal marriage, the right to survivor’s pension for gay couples, advances in favor of adoption by gay couples and the legal framework to allow gender change in one’s identity document has propelled Colombia to the forefront of tackling LGBT rights.

colombia-stand-fiturIn addition, from a tourism point of view, the of LGBT-specific holiday packages has made it one of the most attractive destinations for visitors.

Colombia also presented a stand of 420 square meters at the International Trade Fair demonstrating the cultural and natural aspects of Colombia that are most popular with tourists in a further bid to boost tourist figures for 2017.

Additionally five businessmen will present the improving vacation options for the LGBT community in the cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena with the purpose of promoting Colombia as a destination for weddings, honeymoons and culture.

In 2015 alone, Colombia received more than 300 thousand LGBT tourists.

Calculations by strategic marketing company American company Witeck Communications, estimates that the purchasing power of this sector of the population is the region of 24.6 billion dollars, reported the website El Universal.

Note: Republished with permission from Colombia Reports. Original story can be found at

One thought on “Colombia is one of the ‘best emerging LGBT tourist destinations’ for 2017

  1. Jason says:

    As a frequent visitor I agree that Colombia is the “best emerging LGBT tourist destination”. But is has much work to do. Finding information about daytime tourist activities, city by city, is easy to find online, but nighttime LGBT activities, e.g. bars and clubs, is challenging for tourists. Typically one finds some bars and clubs listed online, only to go visit and they are long closed. Recently in Cargatena we spent an hour by taxi going to places listed online, but now closed. Colombia needs a web site with up to date, current information, city by city, like most tourist focused countires do.

    Como visitante frecuente estoy de acuerdo en que Colombia es el “mejor destino turístico LGBT emergente”. Pero tiene mucho trabajo por hacer. Encontrar información sobre las actividades turísticas diurnas, ciudad por ciudad, es fácil de encontrar en línea, pero las actividades LGBT nocturnas, p. Bares y discotecas, es un reto para los turistas. Normalmente se encuentran algunos bares y clubes en la lista en línea, sólo para ir a visitar y son largas cerrado. Recientemente en Cargatena pasamos una hora en taxi que va a los lugares enumerados en línea, pero ahora cerrado. Colombia necesita un sitio web con información actualizada y actual, ciudad por ciudad, como lo hacen la mayoría de los países de orientación turística.


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