In a move that one would think has Virginia's uber-Christian and decidedly anti-gay attorney general Ken Cuccinelli having convulsions, the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a tourism page aimed at the LGBT tourism dollar. The site, called Rainbow Over Richmond, covers everything from restaurants and accommodation, gay friendly areas of the city, shopping to historic attractions.
To add insult to injury from the Christianist perspective, the Visitors Bureau is also partnering with gay organizations to promote the Richmond Business Alliance which is comprised of gay and gay friendly businesses and professionals.
The move makes good business sense inasmuch as during the ongoing recession, the LGBT travel market has been one of the few to avoid a significant downturn. This forward thinking action ought to be emulated by cities in the Hampton Roads area Virginia - or better yet done as a regional effort. With the Hampton Roads area containing Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg, historic Fort Monroe, NASA Langley, the Mariners Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Fine Arts, the Air and Space Museum, the Williamsburg Winery, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, there are an abundance of attractions to lure LGBT tourists to the area if 1) the region would market to them and 2) more B&B's and hotels would likewise advertise to the LGBT community.