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Ibiza named most LGBT friendly holiday destination, reveals On the Beach

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A survey of more than 1,000 members of the LGBT community has named Ibiza, the most LGBT friendly beach destination in Europe gaining 18% of the vote, reveals leading beach holiday specialist On the Beach.

The popular clubbing destination which attracts more than three quarters of a million British tourists to its shores each year was named the most LGBT friendly destination, followed by the Costa del sol with one in 10 naming the popular coastal region the most LGBT friendly.

The ever-popular Greek island of Corfu was named the third most LGBT friendly destination with 9% of the vote, followed by the Costa Brava region in Spain with 8%.

Interestingly Mykonos, often considered the gay capital of Europe was named only the fifth most LGBT friendly destination with just 7%.

However, the survey also found that LGBT travellers are not averse to travelling to destinations which are considered not LGBT friendly with 64% saying they would travel to a non-friendly resort or destination.

The survey, conducted by On the Beach which has launched a dedicated area of the website which aims to help the LGBT community plan and book the perfect beach holiday also revealed that many members of the LGBT are unaware of the numerous Pride festivals held around Europe each year.

Whilst 18% said they were aware of the annual Pride event in Ibiza, only 5% were aware of Accept, an annual festival and parade on the island of Cyprus, now in its third year. Only one in 10 said they were aware of the Pride festival on the LGBT friendly island of Mykonos, which takes places this year between 17th and 21st August.

Less than one in 10 (9%) said they were aware of the annual Pride festival on the island of Majorca, a festival which has been held on the popular island for many years.

On the Beach has launched a dedicated area of the site which aims to help the LGBT community find the perfect beach holiday.

Alistair Daly, Chief Marketing Officer at On the Beach said: “Spain has always been a very popular destination for the LGBT community and with so many Pride events held throughout the year, it’s easy to see why it has become a hot spot. Our survey shows that many people are unaware of the numerous Pride events held each year around Europe, so our message is do your research and enjoy all these fabulous destinations have to offer.”

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