As the holiday season came to an end, the UK reeled from the collapse of XL Leisure Group. Whilst the mainstream media focused on the families stranded abroad, Pink News has reported how the fallout has affected gay travel companies. Both Throb Holidays and Respect Holidays have stopped trading. Respect in particular was a well known company that regularly featured in the gay media. It’s collapse is obviously sad for those affected but it will be interesting to see what develops and whether there continues to be a demand for “gay holidays” and whether those holidays become more ‘focused’, i.e catering to the leather and fetish markets such as Basement Studios in Gran Canaria; a popular gay destination that was well catered by Throb and Respect.

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