Despite the US Department of Commerce’s pessimistic forecasting, Argentina is leading the region both in numbers and in revenue when it comes to LGBT tourism at an international level.

The Argentine Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio Gay Lésbica Argentina) is reporting that LGBT tourism constitutes a 15 percent increase in the overall numbers being seen in Buenos Aires.

Some 445,000 LGBT tourists traveling to Buenos Aires every year is a positive indicator that Argentina’s goal to attract more tourism, an industry that generated US $7.8 billion on a global level last year and is expected to increase over the next five years.

Political leanings aside, wanting in on that kind of revenue is considered good business by many and it appears that the City Government intends on continuing its support of many LGBT-focused or friendly activities including:

While general tourism to the country is expected to increase by some 3 percent, LGBT-related tourism to Argentina is predicted to increase by 9.6 percent over the next year. Leaving many in the sector saying “haters gonna hate”.