Malta Retains Top Spot on Europe Rainbow Index

ILGA-Europe has announced that Malta has been ranked the number one travel destination on the Europe Rainbow Index 2017 for the second year running.

Out of a total of 49 European countries, Malta has been awarded an impressive 88% in regards to laws and policies impacting the lives of LGBTQ people.

Beginning in 2009, the European Rainbow Index tracks LGBTQ equality across Europe and covers a range of factors including family issues, legal gender recognition and asylum rights. Each country is positioned on the scale, with 100% being the most accurate of respect for human rights and full equality in society, and 0% showing gross violation of human rights and discrimination.

Malta’s winning margin has increased to an impressive 10% in 2017; last year Belgium was second with 82% and second place now goes to Norway with 78%. The UK followed in third place with Belgium coming in at fourth.

Peter Vella, director UK & Ireland Malta Tourism Authority, said: “We are delighted that Malta has been recognised once more as the number one destination for LGBTQ travellers in Europe. As a modern and forward-thinking country, the Maltese people continue to warmly welcome the LGBTQ community and to set an example to the rest of Europe.”

Malta has firmly cemented itself as a destination for LGBTQ travellers with a thriving nightlife and friendly atmosphere. The brand new Gay Festa will take place during the 21st – 23rd July 2017, with DJ’s from across the world performing in some of the island’s best clubbing venues and the annual Malta Pride is scheduled for 4th – 10th September 2017, when the island comes alive with parties, music and the Pride march.