Massachusetts reaches out to gay tourists


Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism said it has the launched a “microsite dedicated to attracting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender leisure travelers to the commonwealth.”

The office, known as MOTT, cited data from a market research firm, Community Marketing Inc. of San Francisco, that estimates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, consumers spend about $70 billion on travel in the United States.

“Massachusetts is open and welcoming to all visitors, and the acceptance of same-sex marriage is ample proof,” said MOTT executive director Betsy Wall said in a statement. “In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and is currently one of only two states to extend marriage privileges to same-sex couples. Marriage information is available on the site as well as extensive information on events and activities, destinations and travel information that may interest the LGBT traveler.”

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