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Published: Sun April 16, 2006
By: Straight Dope

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Provincetown referred to as "Gay Ghetto" - Gay travlers invited elsewhere

Published: Tue November 07, 2006
By: Straight Dope


(original title: Marketers aim for gay customers)

During what some gays jokingly call “the dark ages” a decade or two ago, companies shunned the gay market out of ignorance or fear of a backlash.

Many cities and convention-and-visitors bureaus overlooked gay travelers. Marketing people lacked hard data to target gay consumers nationwide.

Today, the market for gay and lesbian consumers is highly coveted and hitting the mainstream in a huge way, say consultants, marketing professionals and executives.

The 16 million gay consumers 18 and…

Town Manager Keith Bergman now Al Gore flunky for Global Warming

Published: Thu November 02, 2006
By: Straight Dope

By Steve Desroches | Town Online

Publisher note: Original title is “Global warming a hot topic” Sorry but I couldn’t help renaming this ridiculous story. See my comments below.

It looked like a Hollywood disaster movie. Slide after slide showed what would happen if the world’s ocean rose by 20 feet as a result of melting polar ice caps in Antarctica, something that a majority of the globe’s scientists say is a very real possibility. Lower Manhattan would be underwater, as would much of the Netherlands. But the point was driven home by what Provincetown would look…

Police Chief, Town Manager and Selectmen Chair to step down in 2007

Published: Thu September 07, 2006
By: Straight Dope

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Police Chief Ted Meyer on Tuesday announced his intention to retire when his contract expires in four months, citing a lack of support from selectmen.

Meyer had been in negotiations with the town to extend his five-year contract, which expires on Jan. 13, until 2008, when Meyer will reach the state police association mandatory retirement age of 65.

“However with the current state of some events beyond my control, I believe it is in the best interest of the town, the [police] department and my family to conclude my five years of service…

The Future of Tourism in Provincetown

Published: Sat August 26, 2006
By: Straight Dope | By Steve Desroches

For about 25 years, gay and lesbian tourists have been at the core of the tourism industry in Provincetown. This distinction as a gay and lesbian vacation mecca still garners national attention, as well as accolades. The popular gay-oriented website named Provincetown the “Best Gay Resort Town” for 2006 and the widely circulated gay travel newsletter Out Traveler gave the town the same designation in 2005.

However, despite all the attention, there is increasingly more and more competition for what studies say is an $11 billion gay tourist…

Pitching travel to Provincetown - Getting the message out

Published: Sun August 13, 2006
By: Straight Dope

By Adrienne P. Samuels | Boston Globe Staff

When gay culture goes mainstream, what does a gay mecca do?

Provincetown is looking for answers. Once among the handful of places where gays could vacation and be comfortable, the bohemian beach resort is worrying that its core market may dwindle as gay travelers discover new destinations.

As a result, the town is quietly promoting another side of itself. It is trying to reach gay families and straight audiences, playing up historical attractions and plentiful family-oriented activities.

``As gay civil rights advance, Provincetown’s exclusivity as…

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