How is LGBTQ travel trending this year?

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Last year, many travel industry watchers — including Roger Dow of the US Travel Association — predicted that LGBTQ travelers would be among the biggest market segments to take up travel again. And that seems to be the case today, especially as Pride celebrations return to many destinations around the world and interest in travel increases for the coming months.

“Travel continues to be a growing priority for the LGBTQ+ community, especially now with the desire to make up for lost time,” said Oluwaseyi Aladeselua travel consultant at Fora Travel, who says last-minute travel, luxury and adventure travel, and destination weddings and honeymoons are among the most in-demand vacation types for this segment.

Regardless of what they do when travelling, LGBTQ travelers also continue to worry about doing business with genuinely LGBTQ-friendly destinations and suppliers, Aladeselu adds. “Safety and awareness are always top of the list when traveling, with a focus on destinations and properties that are genuinely welcoming year-round – not just during Pride or media outcry,” she said. Explain.

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Given that June is LGBTQ Pride Month, it’s no surprise that Pride-related travel is getting a lot of attention right now, especially as many destinations that had forgone in-person celebrations at past two years are now returning to traditional live events.

Cities large and small once again fly the Pride flag for parades and celebrations, from New York to Columbus, Ohio, where the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown has created a Pride Parlor package that includes access to a team of stylists who can help guests achieve their perfect pride look. Same Celebrity Cruises offers a festive getaway in June with its annual Pride Party at Sea on Celebrity Edge.

Those who missed their chance to book a Pride vacation this month can opt for events like Pride in Londonwhich takes place in July, and Pride of the Americasan international celebration designed to serve as a multinational event for LGBTQ people from across the Western Hemisphere, which is scheduled for February 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Pent-up demand for destination weddings, honeymoons and runaways is also driving sales, according to Aladeselu. “2022 is the year of catching up on love,” she said. “Many LGBTQ+ travelers are doing this by going on their postponed honeymoons to reconnect.”

Popular LGBTQ Vacation Destinations

According to a recent survey by Vacation location, a vacation rental company, travelers currently consider San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles to be the top three LGBTQ cities in the United States. A survey conducted by the company last year indicated that travelers rated the Netherlands, Canada and the UK as the safest international destinations for solo LGBTQ travel.

“Major trends in LGBTQ travel are focused on safety and security, inclusivity and community,” said Heath Hammett, CEO of VacationRenter. “Every June, many people head to more liberal and inclusive destinations that they know are more welcoming to them. This is so important, because feeling safe and comfortable while traveling is crucial for everyone. world, regardless of sexual orientation.


Drag queens 2 at the Guerrero stand at Tianguis 2022
Drag queens 2 at the Guerrero booth at Tianguis 2022. (photo by Mark Chestnut)

Greater awareness of LGBTQ togetherness

According to Gavin Miller, executive vice president of Travel Edge, the travel agency network, LGBTQ travelers know more than ever which destinations and businesses are truly welcoming. “Thanks to information and technology, consumers can now make even smarter choices when traveling,” he said. “LGBTQ+ travelers can easily use Google or work with their travel expert to learn positions on LGBTQ rights and ensure the ‘pink dollar’ goes to the right travel partners in flights, cruises and hotels that welcome and celebrate all guests. »

Like many other travelers, the pandemic has taught many LGBTQ globetrotters the value of working with a travel consultant, Miller adds. “While the demand for the human expertise of a travel designer has increased over the past two years, LGBTQ+ travelers find increased expertise and safety when working with a genuine travel expert who understands the needs and the client’s dreams,” he explained. “LGBTQ+ travelers are often looking for travel experiences that are not one-size-fits-all trips. With a travel expert by their side, LGBTQ+ travelers can unlock hidden perks, special amenities, exclusive welcome cocktails, LGBTQ+ safe spaces and more.

Recognize inclusiveness

In addition to the expertise of travel advisors, travelers can also identify welcoming destinations and businesses through organizations that provide certification and other forms of recognition of inclusive policies. JSXthe ‘hop-on’ private jet service, for example, has scored a perfect 100 for the past three years in the Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQIA+ Equality Business Index .

Strange destinationsan LGBTQ tourism company that runs outreach and counseling programs, recently certified hoteliers in Mexico for their LGBTQ inclusion efforts, including the Thompson Playa del Carmen and imperial worldwhich now presents itself as the first Mexican hotel chain to receive Committed Entity certification.


Queer Destinations certifies Mundo Imperial
Queer Destinations certifies Mundo Imperial. (photo via Mundo Imperial)

Los Cabos, meanwhile, also recently received certification from Queer Destinations. LGBTQ tourism in this Mexican destination represents about 16% of the total number of visitors each year, according to Los Cabos Tourist Office statistics. A strong presence of LGBTQ-focused exhibitors at the recent Mexican tourism festival Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco, also highlights the region’s increasingly inclusive approach.

In fact, many parts of Latin America have made great strides in the market, according to Brian King, president of Caribbean and Latin America operations for Marriott International. “As the Caribbean and Mexico continue to be top travel destinations, I am especially thrilled to see the growing embrace of the LGBTQ+ community in other parts of Central and South America,” a- he declared. “We expect to see an increased level of interest in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia and parts of Chile where gay, queer and trans travelers will find thriving communities and plenty to explore.”

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