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Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Caledonia has purple bits and first "Pink Packages"

New Caledonia - a French Territory in the Coral Sea between Australia and New Zealand - is emerging as a hot travel destination for international gay and lesbian travellers seeking the "nouvelle" and a little French bliss.
The capital city of Noumea has several tour operators and hotels with gay welcome mats.  After a recent visit by gay media and IGLTA members, one group of properties has created a "pink package" and suggested short-break itinerary that includes visits to gay clubs and restaurants. 
The gay welcoming Le Parc Hotel on the step of Noumea’s main beach is the first accommodation to create a special pink package for gay visitors. The rates are inclusive of lodging in a deluxe room and extras like a Shiatsu massage upon arrival, followed by a seafood buffet and Polynesian dance show before you set out for the local gay bars and clubs. The getaway package includes a day trip across the lagoon to L’Escapade Island Resort, where you can kayak and snorkel in the lagoon, get committed in the chapel, and have a splash in the resort pool which has a swim-up bar. C'est la vie in the tropical paradise of Nouvelle Caledonie.

IGLTA members include the national airline, Air Calin, and the New Caledonia Tourism office. There are several Rainbow Tourism Accredited properties and tour operators located in Noumea and around the islands, and the local community association, Homo-Sphere, holds events for locals and visitors at gay owned venues.  

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