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Hot off the presses come the results of the Best Gay Cities online poll conducted by travel site Gaycities.com and sponsored by by American Airlines. Surprisingly, the city of Tel Aviv in Isreal has been dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year. Inevitably, the results have an American bias. Nothing wrong with that, American Airlines being, well, American! But a European or Asian poll would surely look a lot different. Here come all the results by category, with a few lustral comments.
BEST CITY OF 2011
TEL AVIV with a huge 43% of the vote. London and Madrid each scored 5%. That is one huge discrepancy. Well lobbied, the Tel Aviv Tourist Board.
BEST NIGHTLIFE CITY
NEW YORK CITY won with 32% of the vote. London came second with 14%. Since both cities have more than 100 gay bars or clubs, they probably do deserve their top two placing. The Asian gay hubs, Bangkok and Singapore, failed to make an impact.
BEST PRIDE CITY
No surprises there, given the rich history of Castro, Harvey Milk and the writings of Armistead Maupin. Sao Paulo, Toronto and Amsterdam were the followers. What, no Sydney?
BEST RESORT TOWN
PROVINCETOWN, hugely popular in the USA, won with 28% 0f the vote. Palm Springs came second. Only Sitges with 18% of the vote scored for Europe. It's amusingly descibed on the poll website as Europe's undiscovered gay gem on the Mediterranean. Most European gays discovered it more than thirty years ago!
BEST FOOD CITY
PARIS won with 22%. Frankly, an old school result. Barcelona, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai all present more exciting options nowadays.
BEST DRESSED CITY
NEW YORK CITY came first. London, Paris, Rome and Tokyo followed. A believebale Top 5. Maybe we'd debate the order, particularly if "street style" rather than "designer victim" was the brief.
SYDNEY won narrowly over Puerto Vallarta and Key West. No Ibiza, no Pattya, no Rio, not much of a global sweep here!
BEST SETTLE DOWN CITY
SEATTLE won this all-American category, beating Fort Lauderdale, Austin, San Jose, to which we do the way and Columbus. Evidently, "see Seattle and rust" didn't influence voters in this category.
BEST UP & COMING CITY
BUFFALO scored with 20%, apparently famous for its love of lesbian folk music. Not sure how that news will be received in Liverpool. Cape Town, Santiago, Zurich and Guadalajara came close behind. So no mention of Torquay or Abu Dhabi, then? Never mind. Maybe next year, guys?
Lustralboy says: It's an amusing and very American survey. A European audience, or an Asian one, would have very different results. Buffallo, however lovely the lesbian folk songs, would be unlikely to feature. But it's all part of our delightfully diverse and flourishing culture.
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