Fort Lauderdale tour operators in trust that New York’s same-sex couple marriage law will bring new business affairs to the sunny city of Florida.
They recently stepped up tries to upgrade Fort Lauderdale as a honeymoon destination for gay couples from New York.
The 50-room luxury hotel Royal Palms Resorts and Spa that treats exceptionally gay men visitors, will offer a six-day holiday that features limo pick up at the airport, spa therapies and lunches with champagne by the pool.
Some of the Royal Palms local contestants are also advertising honeymoon packages that celebrate same-sex couple marriage in New York. The Preferred Pride package at the Atlantic Resort and Spa offers ocean front rooms cost from $159 per night.
Luxury hotels are not the only businesses seeking to profit from the hundreds of daily marriage celebrations that began to take place in New York City on Sunday.
Marriage organizers, wedding cake bakers and jewelry makers in New York City and all over the state, have already proved strong trade.
But Fort Lauderdale is one of the first cities outside New York State to try to cash in on the same-sex couple marriage law.
On Sunday, its tourism bureau placed an advertisement in the style section of the New York Times.
“After Your I Do’s Consider Our Proposal,” it said, encouraging readers to visit the city’s official visitors site, for the opportunity to gain a free honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale.
The shift underscores the consequence of gay travelers — and New York guests — to Fort Lauderdale. The city of 165,000 has more than 30 inns that cater to same-sex couple tourists, and a vivid gay community centered in Wilton Manors. There is also a huge population of retired New Yorkers.
Cities seem to draw same-sex couple honeymooners are those where there is an open-minded surrounding. New York categorized as the number one leisure destination in Community Marketing’s 2010 study of homosexual tourists.