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‘Yes’ vote a turning point for Oz’s only LGBTIQ resort

Gay wedding travel would provide a boost for tourism

Located around 46kms north of Cairns, Turtle Cove Resort has been popular with gay and lesbian visitors from around the world for 24 years.


But now, Australia’s only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ) resort is gearing up for an anticipated increase in business should the same-sex marriage vote get the nod on Wednesday, as is expected.

Ilya Artemenko & Alexander Grishyn (Image Anna Rogers)


According to The Cairns Post, the resort has already created same-sex marriage ceremony, reception and elopement packages that are ready to be booked.


Although the resort has long held LGBTIQ commitment ceremonies, Turtle Cove marketing manager Mike Evans said Parliament-sanctioned weddings would mark a significant moment, the Post reported.


“The same-sex marriage survey is momentous and we don’t want couples to have to wait a moment longer to get married,” he said.


“Should the survey provide a ‘yes’ vote, we’re ready to host ceremonies and receptions of any size at Turtle Cove.


“We have always catered for LGBTIQ commitment ceremonies but there’s a good chance this week that many couples will get to make it official, which is amazing and long overdue.”


He said he couldn’t think of a better place to exchange vows.


Recent Cairns arrivals Ilya Artemenko from Russia and Alexander Grishyn from Ukraine are looking forward to the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.


“When we got here we weren’t aware that Australia didn’t have marriage equality,” Mr Artemenko said.


“To be able to live, work, settle down and get married here would be the whole package.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 12 November 2017

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