Manchester named world’s best gay-friendly destination

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Manchester has been named the best gay-friendly destination in the world ahead of San Francisco, Sydney and Amsterdam.

The title has been awarded by Expogays, a Spanish based Gay Business and Tourism Fair, which showcases gay friendly businesses, tourism destinations and specialised products to more than 15,000 visitors.

The news comes asManchesterprepares for its 21st Pride festival with the Big Weekend celebration taking place this Bank Holiday weekend.

Manchesterhas been recognised for the respect and tolerance it shows to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: “Manchesterhas always been a tolerant city and this award confirms that. It’s great to recognise the sense of community that LGBT people bring to the area.

“Manchesteris an attractive location for gay visitors, with its dedicated gay village and a whole range of LGBT events taking place across the year. Gay tourism brings a great deal of economic benefit to the region and we’re proud to say thatManchesteris a destination where gay and lesbian tastes are catered for.”

For more information about Manchester’s gay tourism, visit www.visitmanchester.com/lgbt

For more information on Expogays, visit www.expogays.com