Scotland could do more to welcome gay couples visiting the country following the legalisation of same sex marriage, a tourism body has claimed.
VisitScotland believes the country could become a popular destination for same sex couples looking to marry, following the recent introduction of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act. The first gay weddings in Scotland are due to take place tomorrow (December 31).
The country already has a well-developed market in so-called ‘marriage tourism’, with around a quarter of weddings in Scotland taking place between couples from elsewhere.
New research by the organisation suggests that while the majority of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) tourists polled planned to visit Scotland in the future, two thirds said there was room for improvement in the welcome they received in the country: 67 of couples from other parts of the UK made this claim, along with 68 per cent of couples from overseas.
According to the findings, approximately four in ten LGBTI travellers would consider marrying abroad and a hefty 84 per cent of those said they would consider Scotland.
“Opportunities around marriage tourism in light of recent changes in legislation clearly exist.”
“It is clear the message of a warm and friendly welcome is necessary to ensure Scotland does not miss out on the economic benefits of this aspect of the LGBTI market going forward.”