Thursday, 23 July 2009

Buenos Aires Welcomes Gay & Lesbian Tourists


WELL, I am definitely going way down south on this one, but there is a good reason for it.

Last week we were in
Buenos Aires for the GNETWORK event - the 2nd International Meeting for Gay and Lesbian business. The event was at the beautifully designed Axel hotel , the first "hetero friendly" hotel in South America. It was a great event with speakers from all over the world and with a big audience on both days.

I gave a talk on incoming LGBT tourism in
Brazil and the promotion of destination Florianopolis for the international LGBT market (here is the connection to this blog!).

Another reason to link
Buenos Aires to Florianopolis is that a lot of Europeans and North Americans that visit one, want to visit the other. And it is a great combination for a short holiday: Buenos Aires with all its culture, excellent restaurants and parties and Floripa with its great beaches and relaxing atmosphere (and parties too!).

In summer, there are direct flights (a mere 2 hours journey) between the two cities, making it a very easy going holiday.

Brazil Ecojourneys tips:

  • To find your way around gay and lesbian Bs As grab a GMaps guide. Updated every 3 months the guide is a great help for any G and L visitor;
  • An economical alternative for accommodation in Buenos Aires is to rent a flat. There are many options but these two companies cater mainly for the LGBT community: BA4U and Friendly Apartments.
  • When going out to clubs , remember that Argentineans go out even later than Brazilians- places don't get busy until 3 am!
  • Tango has become popular once again with the younger crowd and there are venues that cater for same-sex tango classes- check GMaps for details;


2 comments:

Tiffany said...

Hey, I´ve been to one of those meetings! I have to say that BA impressed me. People there is very open-minded and one of the best neighborhoods which is Palermo is full of gay/lesbian friendly clubs and bars.
I believe the best option to stay in Argentina is the apartment rental buenos aires in which you will have your own intimacy and you can do whatever you want without any restrictions. I did so and I felt as if I had been at home.
Cheers,
Tiffany

Anonymous said...

I'm very excited, finally I decided to travel to Buenos Aires next spring for one year. I was looking for a Buenos Aires real estate agency that would help me find a nice property in Palermo which is were I decided to stay after reading about the different neighborhoods.