Graham Smith — Mail Online Jan 24, 2017
The Israeli metropolis beat out competition from New York to top a survey carried out by American Airlines and GayCities.com to find the most popular destination for gay travellers.
It landed a staggering 43 per cent of the vote, way ahead of runner-up New York’s 14 per cent and third-placed Toronto with 7 per cent.
Sao Paolo came in at four with 6 per cent, while rounding out the top five with 5 per cent each were London and Madrid.
GayCities described Tel Aviv as ‘the gay capital of the Middle East is exotic with a Mediterranean c’est la vie attitude’.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai hailed his ‘free city’ and said he is proud of the survey results.
He wrote on his Facebook page: ‘Victory in this competition further highlights the fact that Tel Aviv is a city that respects all people equally, and allows all people to live according to their values and desires.
‘This is a free city in which everyone can feel proud, and be proud of who they are.
Users of the GayCities website were asked to submit their votes in a number of categories, including Best City Of 2011. The site did not reveal how many people voted.
New York did, however, win the title of Best Nightlife City with 32 per cent of the vote, followed by London with 14 per cent and Madrid with 12 per cent.
San Francisco, long regarded as the gay capital of the U.S., may have missed out on a mention in the Best City poll, but was named the Best Pride City with 29 per cent of the vote.
Sao Paolo and Toronto came second and third with 17 per cent and 12 per cent respectively naming the cities as having the best annual gay parades.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Paris was named Best Food City ahead of New Orleans and San Francisco.
GayCities users named New York the Best Dressed City, with London in second place and Rome trailing in third.