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Tourism and Travel
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The tradition linking travel and homosexuality is long and venerable (arguably reaching back far beyond even such peripatetic nineteenth-century celebrities as Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron to the likes of Friedrich and Alexander the Great). But as the twentieth century draws to a close, never before in history have so many gay men and lesbians throughout the world been so mobile in their holiday choices. U.S. marketing studies, for example, have shown that nearly 90 percent of all American homosexuals have recently traveled within their own country and nearly half abroad; this business has recently been valued at more than $70 billion annually.