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Spain is PlanetOut's gay destination of the year, the leading Web site for the gay and lesbian community, has chosen Spain as its "Destination of the Year" in the 12th annual Out&About Travel Awards.

"No place opened its hearts and minds and put out the welcome mat to the LGBT community quite like Spain has this year," said Ed Salvato, PlanetOut Inc. travel editor. "With its sun-drenched beaches, history-filled cities and picturesque countryside, as well as its recent legalization of gay marriage, it's no surprise that Spain is the destination of the year.

"What's really amazing is how Spain has transformed in just 30 years, from the oppressive era of Franco to today's progressive, more inclusive atmosphere," he added. "It brings hope that destinations we warn you to avoid could one day open their arms to everyone regardless of sexual orientation."

Other European or Europe-oriented Out&About award winners (and a loser) included:

Top 10 international destinations: Paris and Europe.

Tourism development: France and Vienna, Austria.

Great gay marketing: Icelandair Holidays.

Tour operators: European Bed & Breakfast.

Women's awards, inns and restaurants: Hotel Sappho and Tenth Muse (Lesbos, Greece).

Rockbottom designees: Cromsaig B&B in western Scotland (which refuses to let same-sex couples share double-bedded rooms).

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