sc judgment on homosexual and pink tourism


SC Judgment on homos*xual and pink tourism

MUMBAI/BANGALORE: Pink tourism in India that was just beginning to bloom has been nipped in the bud by the Supreme Court order re-criminalizing homos*xuality. Tour operators dedicated to the gay community and hotels that have embraced LGBT-friendly policies will now see their business dwindle.

"The SC verdict has already had an impact. We were organizing a two-week north India tour for a group of international travellers priced at $5,000 per head, which has just been cancelled," said Rajat Singla, chief director of Pink Vibgyor, a dedicated LGBT tour operator in New Delhi.

Pink Vibgyor was one of the first travel services firms that came up after the 2009 Delhi high court's favourable verdict on the issue. When Singla started, he handled around 40 bookings, which over the years jumped to 1,000, of which nearly 75% were Australians.1

Besides tour operators, hotels too opened their doors to homos*xual tourists, known to be big spenders, by tying up with World Rainbow Hotels (WRH), a group that focuses on the LGBT travellers' market.





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