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LGBT Travel and Tourism Information

Updated/Revised Date: 21st Sep 2022
Author: Sexual Diversity | Contact: SexualDiversity.org
Additional References: Travel and LGBT Tourism Publications

Synopsis: Sexual Diversity presents our gay travel segment featuring LGBT tourism news updates and traveling information for the community.

Definition

LGBT Travel

Gay tourism, LGBT tourism, gay travel, or LGBT travel is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The slang term "gaycation" has come to imply a version of a vacation that includes a pronounced aspect of LGBT culture, either in the journey or destination.

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According to a Travel University report, 10% of international tourists were gay and lesbian, accounting for more than 70 million arrivals worldwide. This market segment is expected to grow due to the acceptance of LGBT people and changing attitudes towards sexual and gender minorities.

The adult LGBT community has a total economic spending power of more than $600 billion per year, according to Wieck Combs. In a study for Philadelphia, Community Marketing & Insights found that for every dollar invested in gay tourism marketing, $153 was returned in direct economic spending in shops, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. According to Lonely Planet' the top friendly gay-friendly destinations in the world are:

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GLTA

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the world's leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way. IGLTA was founded in 1983 by gay and lesbian travel agents and now operates in 80+ countries on all six inhabited continents. They allow all members who join the IGLTA community to customize their travel experience and share it with others through planning tools, trip ideas, events, and travel deals from LGBT tourism-related businesses. Whether it's for individual, group, corporate, or student travel.

Expedia

Now offers a gay travel search option and a gay travel Expedia page. Here is a list of the top and most popular LGBT-friendly hotels, the most famous LGBT events, and top gay travel destinations, including San Francisco, New Orleans, CuraƧao, and Amsterdam. Each travel destination includes a blurb about good places to stay, things to do, romantic places, nightlife, and "know before you go."

R Family Cruises

In July 2004, Rosie O'Donnell launched "R Family Cruises", the first cruise that was specifically designed for and directed at LGBT parents with kids. They are also expanding to offer non-cruise vacations as well.

Family Pride Coalition

The Washington DC-based Family Pride Coalition organizes family events at gay-friendly Provincetown, Mass.; Saugatuck, Mich.; and Disney World. Family Pride is now partnering with R Family to make Family Pride even bigger with activities like bonfires on the beach, picnics, dances, carnivals, a pirate dinner, and an "R- aMAHzing Race."

Gaycities

A unique travel website that uses the advantage of social networking. It is a LGBT tourism website where people can read and share their opinions on different places and suggest new places. You can search and follow people with the same "tastes and interests" as you. You can also add photos and post questions on their discussion boards.

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Latest Travel and LGBT Tourism Publications

The above information is from our reference library of material relating to Travel and LGBT Tourism that includes:


Interactive international travel from home with a live tour guide - discover LGBTQ-friendly destinations.
Publish Date: 24th Mar 2022

This unique all-gay cruise sails from New York on May 21, 2016 to Port Canaveral, Nassau, and the private island of Coco Cay.
Publish Date: 19th Dec 2015

Miami Beach offers lots of events, activities and deals for stimulating and exciting fall travel.
Publish Date: 13th Oct 2015

All Crescent Hotels in the Washington, DC area are TAG Approved.
Publish Date: 24th Feb 2015

As a larger company, HE Travel is able to offer more options for the underserved LGBT community, and the company now offers tours to all seven continents.
Publish Date: 20th Feb 2015


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• (APA): SexualDiversity.org. (2022, September 21). LGBT Travel and Tourism Information. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved January 30, 2023 from www.sexualdiversity.org/travel/


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