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Ireland promoted as gay wedding destination as soon as referendum result was declared

By Claire Cromie

The Republic of Ireland was being promoted as a destination for gay weddings and honeymoons as soon as the referendum 'Yes' result was declared.

Tourism Ireland had already produced a video campaign targeting the LGBT community around the world which was posted to YouTube on Saturday, called "Ireland says YES to love!"

It highlights wedding venues and “dreamily romantic locations to tie the knot” - from Lough Eske in County Donegal to Smock Alley in Dublin.

It also promotes The Outing, the world’s first-ever LGBT matchmaking festival - an offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival which takes place in October.

The campaign is targeting nine markets – Britain, the United States, Canada, the Nordic region, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

New research unveiled at World Travel Market 2014 showed the annual spend on travel by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people exceeded $200 billion for the first time in 2014.

The report showed LGBT Europeans have a total spend on travel of $66.1 billion.

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