LGBT: Greece, women from all over the world flock on Lesvos

For the annual lesbian International Eressos Festival

03 September, 13:33

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 3 - The Greek island of Lesvos will welcome over 1,000 women from all over the world at the two-week International Eressos Women's Festival 2014 this month as GTP website reports. In its 14th year, the festival, which celebrates the history, culture, achievements and diversity of women, will take place at the gay-friendly setting of Skala Eressos during 6-20 September.

    The festival was created by Sappho Travel in 2000. "All women are welcome, included and celebrated here, regardless of their race, age, interests, or sexuality," the organizers say on the festival's website. The annual International Eressos Women's Festival in Greece is an opportunity for women from all over the world to join in social & creative activities, to make new friends, to network, to learn new skills & share talents, and to enjoy a taste of Greek culture. It includes live music, dance parties, open-air film screenings, alternative fashion show, art exhibition, beach & water sports, workshops, excursions, and many other fun-and-sun filled activities.

    Lesvos has been attracting lesbian holidaymakers since the 70s due to the island's association with the seventh century Greek poetess Sappho. Eressos was the birthplace of Sappho who wrote about her love for women and is generally believed to be the world's first widely-known lesbian writer. In September when the festival takes place, hundreds of women throughout the world flock to the island and make up almost 100% of the visitors to Eressos village, giving a major boost to the local economy. According to data released at the ITB Berlin international tourism exhibition in March, the expenditure per capita of gay tourists is 57% higher than those of straight travelers. The share of the global LGBT tourism market is said to exceed 10% or 75 million tourists. (ANSAmed).

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