Same-sex marriage boom likely to benefit lodging industry

01/19/2014 |

Hosting destination weddings and honeymoons for same-sex couples may be the gateway to a significant revenue boost for hotels in states that have legalized same-sex marriage. Hawaii, the latest state to recognize same-sex marriage, stands to gain an additional $217 million in visitor spending by the end of 2016 because of the change in the law, a study by researchers from the University of Hawaii has found. Experts advise hotels looking to capitalize on the trend to raise their involvement with the LGBT community and show their commitment to serving the market.

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