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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkTravel & Outdoors 

Mexico Continues to Grow as LGBTQ Travel Destination

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June 28, 2018

Puerto Vallarta has received multiple accolades for being a welcoming destination for LGBTQ visitors. Its Vallarta Pride celebration, held annually from mid- to late-May, includes events all over the city.

New figures from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) revealed the number of LGBTQ travelers is growing at one of the fastest paces of all demographics.

With around 180 million LGBTQ travelers hitting the road each year, the numbers indicate the demographic is growing by 10.3 percent annually. According to Almundo.com information shared with Reportur.com, Madrid, Paris, London and Mexico City are some of the top destinations for LGBTQ tourists.

Mexico's LGBTQ National Association of Trade and Tourism revealed there are more than 9.5 million LGBTQ travelers visiting Mexico with a purchasing power of $65 billion per year, with around 35 percent of that dedicated to traveling.

Overall, LGBTQ tourists account for 39 percent of the global flow of travelers, and their average expenditure is approximately $765 - 60% more than traditional globetrotters.

Almundo suggests LGBTQ travelers prefer visiting Mexico over other destinations thanks to the country's advances in the recognition of rights for the community, inclusive promotional campaigns, a greater number of flight options and tolerance training at most hotel chains.

As for particular areas of interest for the LGBTQ community, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Riviera Maya are the most popular thanks to their lodging options, restaurants, clubs, spas and cultural and entertainment activities focusing on the gay community.

"Almundo's premise is to transform and personalize the travel experience for all Mexicans," Almundo Latin America chief marketing officer Sofia Ramirez said in a statement.

"In this sense, we understand the expectations of service and preference of the travelers of the gay community; for this, we offer quality options for flights, stays and tours that are tailored to your needs. We accompany the gay community during their week so they can celebrate their diversity with an exceptional holiday."

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