Montenegro gets official gay friendly hotels
Thursday, August 09, 2012
By: Nevin Öztop
Director of the Montenegro Tourism Association (MTA), Mr. Zarko Radulovic and director of the LGBT Forum Progress Zdravko Cimbaljević met on August 6 2012 to start a dialogue on the formal recognition of Montenegro as a touristic destination that has no boundaries when it comes to guests, in this case LGBT tourists who would like to spend their holidays in Montenegro.
Cimbaljević informed Radulovic of the need for enhanced recognizability of the Montenegrin hotels, as it is already a trend in the world’s tourist destinations, as gay friendly hotels.
Radulovic pointed out that there has never been any difference in treatment of guests in the MTA and that this association does not have any reserves towards LGBT persons who were their guests so far. Radulovic also agreed with Cimbaljević that, given the situation in the country and a large amount of homophobia and transphobia, one needs to be transparent and show the future LGBT guests, that at least in the hotels of MTA they can feel safe and receive equal treatment as all the other guests.
On a proposal of the Director of LGBT Forum Progress Zdravko Cimbaljević, MTA has accepted to set a rainbow colour tile on every hotel belonging to the Association, which will mark them as a gay friendly hotel and thus enable LGBT tourists who come to Montenegro to choose those hotels in which they will not have problems just because they belong to a different sexual orientation.
LGBT Forum Progress praises this positive approach of the MTA, which shows that in Montenegro there is a strong will to develop tourism and above all to respect the rights of all individuals of society and of the members of the LGBT population, regardless of whether they came from Montenegro or from another part of the world.
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