NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – While the debate over same-sex marriage takes place at the U.S. Supreme Court, a conference was held to turn New York State into a gay-friendly tourism destination.
The Gay and Lesbian Tourism Conference was held Wednesday in Poughkeepsie.
Stephan Hengst of BigGayHudsonValley.com said the aim of the conference is to work with vendors looking to attract gays and lesbians to do business across the state.
Since the Marriage Equality Act was passed in New York last summer, Hengst said business owners statewide are seizing opportunities to bring in new customers.
“Marketing to gays and lesbians makes for smart business,” Hengst told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.