Kiss and Tel Aviv: The world's top travel destination for gay and LGBT travelers is Tel Aviv, according to a worldwide survey jointly conducted by GayCities.com and American Airlines.
Tel Aviv defeated metropolises including New York, Madrid, Sao Paolo and London, easily sweeping the competition with 43% of the vote. Other categories in the survey included the title of Best Nightlife City (won by New York City), Best Food City (Paris) which went to Paris, and Best Up and Coming City (Buffalo, New York).
The new honor should come as no surprise to those who know and love Tel Aviv. Israeli officials have been trumpeting the country's second-largest city as a gay destination for several years, and this year, the government and Tourism Ministry joined hands to create a new gay-centered advertising campaign, dubbed Tel Aviv Gay Vibe.
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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai hailed the honor, saying the recognition from GayCities.org and American Airlines demonstrated just how inclusive and welcoming Tel Aviv is. "Winning this competition constitutes an additional strengthening of the fact that Tel Aviv-Jaffa is a city that respects all people and allows everyone to live according to his or her own principles. Ours is a city in which everyone can be proud of who they are," he said.
Every year for one week in the summer, the White City, as Tel Aviv is known, turns rainbow-colored for Gay Pride Week. Some 5,000 gay tourists joined some 65,000 Israelis to march in last year’s annual Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv. The annual march cuts though the heart of Tel Aviv and culminates in a massive beach party.
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