Last year, many travel industry observers, including Roger Doe of the US Travel Association, predicted that LGBTQ travelers will be one of the most significant market segments to return to travel. And that seems to be the case today, especially as pride celebrations return to many places around the world and interest in travel skyrockets in the coming months.
“Travel continues to be a growing priority for the LGBTQ+ community, especially now that there is a desire to catch up,” said Oluvaseyi Aladecelu, travel consultant at Fora Travel, who says last-minute travel, luxury and adventure travel and weddings and honeymoons months abroad are one of the most sought-after types of holidays in this segment.
Regardless of what they do while traveling, LGBTQ travelers also remain concerned about lending their business to destinations and suppliers that are truly LGBTQ-friendly, Aladecelu adds. “Safety and awareness continue to come first when traveling, with a focus on destinations and facilities that are truly welcoming all year round, not just during times of pride or media outrage,” she explained.
What is popular now
Considering 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 have ditched in-person celebrations over the past two years are now returning to traditional live events.
Cities big and small once again raise the pride flag in parades and celebrations, from New York City to Columbus, Ohio, where AC Hotel Columbus Downtown has created a Pride Parlor package that includes access to a team of stylists who can help guests hone their perfect pride. view. Even Celebrity Cruises offers a June holiday getaway with the annual Pride Party at Sea on the Celebrity Edge.
In the meantime, those who missed their chance to book a Pride vacation this month can choose from events such as London Pride, which takes place in July, and Pride of the Americas, an international celebration meant to serve as a multicultural event for LGBTQ people from around Western Hemisphere, scheduled for February 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Unmet demand for weddings, honeymoons and secret escapes is also driving sales, Aladecelu said. “2022 is the year of romance,” she said. “Many LGBTQ+ travelers do this by going on a delayed honeymoon to reunite.”
Popular LGBTQ Destinations
According to a recent survey by VacationRenter, a vacation rental company, travelers currently rank San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles as the top three LGBTQ-friendly cities in the US. Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the company last year showed that travelers view the Netherlands, Canada and the UK as…