BY Advocate.com Editors
October 23 2009 1:25 PM ET
Nearly three years after its supreme court ordered the government to
end discriminatory laws against gays and lesbians, Nepal has plans to
boost tourism by luring LGBT travelers.
Government officials have met with well-known international tour operators and nonprofit organizations to discuss ways to promote Nepal as a potential destination for LGBT travelers. An international conference planned for next February will bring together many of the world’s top airlines and tour operators to explore gay tourism opportunities.
Many restaurants, discos, and hotels catering to gay and lesbian couples have been established in the country and employees have undergone sensitivity training to be respectful toward visiting same-sex couples, according to the Gays Without Borders blog.
Nepal, bordered by India and China in conservative South Asia, is considered the world’s youngest republic.