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Gay Star Travel Expo 2015 exhibitor profile: Vienna

Gay Star Travel Expo 2015 exhibitor profile: Vienna

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London’s Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Vienna.

The Austrian capital – which is also the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, following Conchita Wurst’s triumphant win at last year’s show in Copenhagen – will be just one of the exhibitors at the expo.

What’s more, the organisation will be teaming up with Gay Star News to offer readers an incredible giveaway – a trip for two to Vienna in May, to coincide with Eurovision.

To be in with a chance of winning, you must register your attendance for the Expo via the official Eventbrite page, which you can visit by clicking here.

The organisation also gave away a holiday to the destination last year – with the prize going to the owner of the best selfie taken at the event, Sérgio Rebelo.

In 2014, Vienna was voted the second most likable and livable city by The Economist – beating the likes of Toronto, Sydney and Helsinki.

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Above: Austrian native and Eurovision star Conchita Wurst

The classical music hotspot – known for its opulent balls and storybook architecture – was also celebrated last year for introducing a Rainbow Christmas Market to better cater for LGBTI visitors.

This follows the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in 2010. Since then, the country has made known its plans to better attract LGBTI tourists to the city, according to reports. Over 100,000 attended last year’s gay pride parade.

Experts have also suggested Vienna acts as a safe haven for victims of queer persecution in nearby anti-gay Eastern European countries.

The city is also known for housing the oldest zoo in the world, and for the Vienna State Opera house, designed by gay couple Eduard van Eduard van der Null and August Sicard von Sicardsburg.

For our travel story on ‘7 things to love about Vienna’, click here.

For more information on Vienna, visit the tourist board’s official website by clicking here, or visit the Gayfriendly Vienna Facebook page.

For more information on the Gay Star Travel Expo 2015 – where GSN readers can plan their 2015 travel movements by chatting with a smorgasboard of industry experts, from tour operators to tourist boards – visit the official Facebook page.