Tasmania Celebrates Gay-Friendly Businesses

4.24.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

New designation is meant to boost LGBT tourism in the Australian state.

The Australian state of Tasmania has become the first in the country to accredit gay-friendly tourism businesses, the Herald Sun reports. The newly developed Rainbow Tasmanian Tourism Accreditation program allows tourism operators to officially declare themselves “gay-friendly.”
To earn the designation, businesses must prove that they adhere to anti-discrimination laws, educate staff about issues of concern to LGBT tourists, and sign a code of ethics.
The move comes just seven months after the Tasmanian legislature narrowly defeated a bill that would have made it the first state have marriage equality.
“Providing [gay] tourists with a safe and non-discriminatory visitor experience will benefit our reputation as a tourist destination,” Australian Marriage Equality convenor Rodney Croome. “But if we really want to attract gay visitors to Tasmania, we should become the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry.”

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