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With the pandemic hopefully downgraded to an epidemic status and many first-world countries likely reopening their borders, international travel could quickly resume. Even with the likelihood that many countries will create restricted travel corridors from early 2021. Many industry experts predict a surge of bookings and large numbers of people traveling as we get closer to the summer months, which are traditionally peak or high seasons for travel. Using the Top 100 City Destinations: 2019 edition report produced in 2020 by Euromonitor International (https://go.euromonitor.com/white-paper-travel-2019-100-cities.html) and by overlaying the LGBTQ+ 2020 Equality Index (https://gayther.com/community/2020-equality-index/), it enables us to look at the top-ten destinations and how they score from an LGBTQ+ equality perspective. The Euromonitor report focuses on international travel, meaning people that travel from one country to another, rather than internal movements within any given country. So, let us begin
The top-ten destinations from an LGBTQIA+ perspective create a 50/50 split. 50% are in the low end of the equality scale and 50% in the high end. Three out of the seven countries still have laws in place that criminalize same-sex activities, with two countries (Dubai and Malaysia) still prosecuting those within same-sex relationships. Of the total, 106.4 million travellers visited countries with a medium-high to high equality status, and 85.5 million visited countries with a medium-low to low equality status. Asia is the most popular continent of all destinations with a staggering 153.3 million or 79.9% of all travellers, followed by Europe at 38.6 million or 20.1%.
World of Possibilities
Travelling opens you to a world of possibilities, learning more about new cultures, meeting interesting people and broadening your understanding of the world around you. 2020 has been a challenging year; however, 2021 will likely bring opportunities for us all to begin travelling again and reconnecting with the far away and exotic places. LGBTQ+ visitors have the same criteria as their heterosexual counterparts, to experience, discover, and visit beautiful and unique locations around the world.
May 2021 bring hope, happiness and new horizons
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