Conservative Durban rolls out pink carpet for gay tourists

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Conservative Durban rolls out pink carpet for gay tourists

With a swelling legion of global LGBT travellers, KZN wants to tap into this market to boost its visitor numbers

Chris Makhaye and Nce Mkhize

The city of Durban, mainly known for its traditional and conservative culture, is pulling out all the stops to get a slice of the lucrative local and international gay and lesbian tourist market in its effort to increase tourist numbers to more than five million a year.

Research by specialist consulting firm Out Now in 2016 revealed the global LGBT travel market is worth more than $211bn in consumer spending a year. The study found that by 2030 there will be 180 million LGBT travellers worldwide.

This LGBT sector is regarded as one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors...

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