Last year Tasmania’s Bay of Fires was named the world’s hottest travel destination by Lonely Planet.

Now the Apple Isle has been nominated in the number two spot for the world’s top nine emerging gay travel destinations, pipped only by Punta del Este in Uruguay.

The list, compiled by Hotel Travel Club, looks at cities and regions not normally associated with gay travel and shines a rainbow spotlight on Nova Scotia, Indianapolis, Lisbon, Shanghai, Nashville, Mexico City, and San Luis Obispo County, California.

According to the Hotel Travel Club blog, Tasmania has come along way in the last few years in welcoming gay and lesbian travellers.

“Over the past few years, locals have put aside their conservative views and have welcomed lesbian and gay residents and travellers alike.

“The island offers a GLBT tourist guide and features a number of incredible tourist sites, including the Freycinet Coast and Cradle Mountain, and there are dozens of attractive family-owned accommodations for you to choose from .”

Tasmania celebrated its two-week TasPride Festival recently, attracting visitors from across the country.


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