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Halt! Before you head back to Key West or Provincetown again this year, check out these new (or newly improved) destinations beckoning LGBT travelers.
Buh-bye, 2010. Hello, 2011! All indications are that this year (2011) is going to be a heck of a lot better than last.
According to a recent survey by Community Marketing, Inc. -- the gay travel research experts for nearly 20 years -- lesbian and gay travelers are planning on doing a lot more traveling this year than they did during the last two. With all this pent-up demand, U.S. LGBT travelers will be heading near and far to spend those restless pink dollars.
This year, put these five hot spots on your gay travel radar, and venture beyond the tried and true.
South America Rising
Rio de Janeiro has long been an important stop for in-the-know gay travelers who flock here during their summer (our winter). This South American New Year's is one of the most exciting celebrations for LGBT locals and visitors alike. But this year, plan on going farther a field.
Florianopolis, on the coast Brazil south of Rio, attracts droves of sun-seeking gay and lesbian Brazilians. It was a stop on a recent Atlantis cruise and it'll be host to the IGLTA's 2012 convention. Buenos Aires -- long and justifiably a gay-popular stop -- should be coupled with a visit to Mendoza (wine country) or a quick jaunt across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay for a visit to the romantic colonial town of Colonia or a jaunt to the much-improved beach resort Punta del Este, the South American jetsetter's version of St. Tropez.
See the full list HERE.