Hoteliers welcome the 'pink pound'

GAY inspectors are coming to visit Weston and Burnham's restaurants and hotels to see if the resorts are on the homosexual horizon

GAY inspectors are coming to visit Weston and Burnham's restaurants and hotels to see if the resorts are on the homosexual horizon.The Beach Bum South West guide is researching the towns for its publication planned for next year.It lists clubs, bars, restaurants, attractions and hotels where gay people can go without fear of prejudice.The move comes as the Government considers legislation to outlaw discrimination against gay people by hotel and guesthouse operators.The guide has already been launched in Torbay and the complete review will run from Bristol to Cornwall.Guide editor Matt Newbury said: "If you go to a restaurant with your partner you don't want everyone gawping at you. "If you go to a hotel you don't want them questioning the fact that you want a double bed rather than two singles, which has happened to me a few times."We will be asking gay people to rate the towns and will travel around the area for three weeks to test out hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and clubs."People think gay people are only after nightlife, but we will also be looking at attractions suitable for adult couples, which Weston has plenty of."John Harrap, president of Weston Hoteliers' Association and owner of The Saxonia guesthouse in Locking Road, said: "I think Weston would rate highly as we're pretty open minded provided they behave themselves and don't offend other people."I wouldn't like to see two men kissing in the dining room. You always have to be aware that other people might be about."Andrew Horler, who owns the Queenswood Hotel in Victoria Park, said: "We would like to think that Weston's hotels would rate highly in any guide. "We can't discriminate against who stays in our hotels and I'm sure they would be welcomed."John Crockford-Hawley, North Somerset's executive member for strategic planning and transport, said he hoped Weston would benefit from the 'pink pound'.He said: "I think we have moved past the days of the traditional discriminating landlady."The restaurant scene is changing for the better, especially on the Boulevard and St James Street, and is a real benefit for all tourists.

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