Tourism News from Israel


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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Tel Aviv celebrated gay pride last week with an extensive program of events and activities, culminating in the colorful annual Pride Parade held on Friday 10 June and attended by over 70,000 people. Over 5,000 tourists from around the world came to join the festivities in Tel Aviv.  The first ever LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual) Film Festival also took place in Tel Aviv to coincide with the parade. 

 The gay scene in Tel Aviv has earned an international reputation, as gay tourists are made to feel particularly welcome. Tourism literature on Tel Aviv aimed specifically at the gay tourist is available in English and German.

 Tel Aviv has won many accolades for its diversity, openness and vibrant night life from, among others, Lonely Planet, which named it as one of its top three cities in the world for 2011 (“a modern Sin City on the sea … where there are more bars than synagogues, God is a DJ and everyone’s body is a temple “); National Geographic Magazine  which named it as one of the world’s top ten beach cities (“Miami Beach on the Med”) and Forbes Magazine which dubbed it as one of the world’s top “Party Cities”.


The 2012 Gay Pride Parade will take place in Tel Aviv on Friday, 8 June.