Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ask Dee: French Fling Destination

Q.  I want a very French fling, but don't want to spend 24 hours in the air to get to Gay Paree. Is there an affordable French Territory closer to Australia and gay friendly?

A.  Yes, New Caledonia.  Two hours away from Brisbane and 2.5 hours from Sydney International Airports – and you don’t need a visa if you carry a valid passport from Australia or New Zealand. 

A s k   D e e 
South Pacific Lesbian & Gay Tourism Specialist

New Caledonia Tourism welcomes lesbian and gay travellers, as does the international air carrier Aircalin, both of whom are now members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

Locally, you are welcome to attend events and parties organised by Homo-Sphere in the capital city, Noumea. (Their site and Facebook page are in Francais but the staff speak Anglais.)

I have personally inspected a dozen properties in New Caledonia, from the bargain end to the luxury retreat. New Caledonia has something for everyone’s budget, so you can sleep well but still have money left over to indulge in gourmet food that New Caledonia is so famous for in the Paris end of the South Pacific. 

For recommended gay welcoming hotels, please contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful destination for holiday travel.
But are you sure that New Caledonia want to see more trippers ?
I'm not so sure they’re looking for us after reading local newspaper :
Contact : http://www.lnc.nc/articles/article_71770_269633.htm
and http://www.lnc.nc/articles/article_71752_269249.htm
But if you’re looking for a job in the nickel industry you we’ll be welcome !

DownUnder Mark said...

Oh New Caledonia definitely do want more visitors - what the story was picking up was that it has been a tough year with the drop of French tourists to New Caledonia. What this means is there is now some great deals for New Caledonia.

New Caledonia is definitely gay friendly with an active gay and lesbian community.