Stonewall says travel operators should warn LGBT customers of intolerance

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LGBT rights charity stonewall has warned that travel firms should take “more responsibility” to tell customers if destinations are safe.

The charity said travel operators should check ahead to ensure customers have all of the required information before booking.

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Huffington Post reports that tour operator Kuoni has recruited 10 “LGBT experts” to advise on possible issues.

Vicky Constance of Stonewall said: “We are really pleased to see travel companies like Kuoni take clear steps to recognise and act upon the needs of their diverse customer base.

“LGBT customers have an equal right to travel safely and enjoy their holiday, and we would welcome further action from the travel industry to take more responsibility in communicating these key messages to their staff and customers.”

Kalamitsi beach, Lefkada island, Greece.
Kalamitsi beach, Lefkada island, Greece.

Mark Duguid of Kuoni said: “There is a difference between exploring a sought-after destination where some discretion is required and a progressive destination where LGBT travellers are truly welcome.

“Increasingly parts of the world are embracing LGBT rights so the situation is evolving.”

The company has seen a drastic rise in same-sex honeymoons since equal marriage was made legal in England and Wales.