While they rejoiced and embraced equality as New York State voted to legalize gay marriage Friday night, I’m sure every member of the travel industry saw the dollar signs as well.
Not that New York City needs the tourism, but perhaps other tourism destinations would ride the monumental decision right to the bank and cash in on what should be expected to be an incredible spike in gay and lesbian honeymoons.
Sure, New York isn’t the first state to legalize gay marriage. But you didn’t hear about many hotel packages promoting the passage of same sex marriage in Iowa. To put it quite simply, New York commands more attention than any other city in the world. Further, from a tourism aspect, New York is perhaps the greatest source of tourism for Caribbean islands looking for that American dollar.
And on the first business day following the decision, Travel Agent already spotted the first package offered by a Caribbean hotel aimed at attracting gays and lesbians who tied the knot in New York.
In honor of the recent announcement that same-sex couples can legally marry in the state of New York, Kura Hulanda Resorts in Curaçao is offering newlyweds who present a valid New York marriage license a free upgrade and dinner for two when booking a four-night stay now until December 22.
“A progressive member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, on an island with a refreshing ‘live and let live’ vibe, the Kura Hulanda Resorts offer guests a heavy dose of culture, fine dining and city-life, all wrapped up in a gay-friendly, high-end village community,” said Jody DeLeon, director of sales and marketing for Kura Hulanda Resorts, said in a written release. “Kura Hulanda is the perfect destination for gay travelers looking to experience the beauty of the Caribbean.”
Rates start at $160 per night at Hotel Kura Hulanda and $140 per night at Lodge Kura Hulanda. To receive the free upgrade and a $200 food and beverage voucher which can be used at Japipur Restaurant and / or Watamula Restaurant, guests must show a valid marriage license and book a minimum four-night stay.