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Annual LGBT pride festival takes place in Cologne

Annual LGBT pride festival takes place in Cologne | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Cologne at the weekend as part of Germany's annual LGBT Pride celebrations.
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Fort Lauderdale Spices Up Its Appeal for Vacationers, Meetings

Fort Lauderdale Spices Up Its Appeal for Vacationers, Meetings | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB is continuing its campaign to attract LGBT business following its 1996 launch of an LGBT marketing initiative. The bureau recently hired Richard Gray as its LGBT managing director, a designated LGBT-only representative to attract leisure and meetings business.

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New Orleans hopes to benefit from same-sex wedding industry

New Orleans hopes to benefit from same-sex wedding industry | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

We just think that, particularly now in this day and age, that it's important that we also let the LGBT market know that New Orleans is a welcoming city and...

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LGBT Market Trends & Destination Marketing

LGBT Market Trends & Destination Marketing | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

"As the global visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community increases, there has a steady increase in interest in this community as a consumer group, a trend which is particularly evident in the travel industry.

Several destinations have just launched dedicated tourism campaigns targeting the LGBT market. Here is a selection of the latest initiatives"


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Keagan Kristoff's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:24 PM

Equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender (LGBT) population is hot topic in news today. With the recent gay marriage law passing in Illinois which legalizes gay marriage, I found this article about travel and its' affect on the LGBT community fitting to recent news stories. 

 According to the World Tourism Organization and International Gay and Lesibian Travel Association, men associated with the LGBT population take an average of 3.9 trips per year where a woman takes 3.3 trips per year. Research also shows that the LGBT community spends higher than the average person while traveling and that they are highly influenced by social media, technology and word of mouth. This proves that the tourism industry must think of creative ways to market to the LGBT community. This article provided examples of two campaigns in marketing toward their target publics. First, New Zealand launched its'  "Make history" campaign which promotes a competition that offers free travel, wedding, and a honeymoon to the first same-sex couple to wed in New Zealand. This competition provides free coverage to promote New Zealand as a same-sex friendly wedding and travel desitination. The logo used to promote the competition is even same-sex oriented by having bold white letters for "Choose to Make," and rainbow letters for "history." The second campaign is created by the state of New York. New York created their own campaign geared toward LGBT travelers. The governor of New York launched a LGBT tourism website that featured a calendar of LGBT events and popular destinations. In addition, the website dedicated part of the website to information about the history of New York's LGBT community. Also, the campaign logo takes the original red heart in the slogan,  " I love NY" and replaces it with a rainbow heart. Finally, a promotional video was released that showed same-sex couples enjoying themselves at destinations across the state of New York. Public opinion affects public relations. The change of marriage laws opened up a new population for wedding and travel destinations. Without this change, marketers would have never been able to target their campaigns toward the LGBT community. "Public opinion is a public's expressed attitudes on a particular topic at a particular moment in time (Guth & Marsh 268)."  It is no secret that gay rights is a top topic of discussion nowadays. With more states and countries passing laws legalizing gay marriage it makes since to gear travel destinations toward this population. Unfortunately, trying to gain the LGBT population's attention may turn off other conservative markets. However, the benefits outweigh the cost because not only are marketers gaining a new population to target but, also the support and respect from LGBT supporters. A pat on the back is deserved to these destinations that are choosing to ethically include all types of travelers in their campaigns.
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2 gay bars in Dallas make Out Magazine's best-of list

2 gay bars in Dallas make Out Magazine's best-of list | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Friday, Out Magazine released its picks for 200 of the Greatest Gay Bars in the World. Both The Round-Up Saloon and The Tin Room made the list.

The two Dallas gay bars stand out for different reasons. The Round-Up Saloon is recognized for line dancing and hot cowboys. The Tin Room is noted for the “go-go boys and their poles.”

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Pride 2013 around the world

Pride 2013 around the world | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Dublin, Barcelona, Olso and Singapore are among many of the world's biggest capital cities which attracted massive crowds to its multi-rainbowed Pride events in recent days.
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Gay Las Vegas Clubs To Visit This Summer + Where To Cool Off

Gay Las Vegas Clubs To Visit This Summer + Where To Cool Off | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
There are some hot new happenings and changes down in Las Vegas for this summer, and even though the golden rule is 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas', we're here to spill! The juiciest, and pe...
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Mark Zuckerberg Leads 700 Facebook Employees in SF Gay Pride

Mark Zuckerberg Leads 700 Facebook Employees in SF Gay Pride | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Facebook's bolstered presence at this year's Pride events in San Francisco reflects a larger push by some in Silicon Valley to champion gay rights in hiring practices, and even in their products.
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Northalsted Market Days – Things to See & Do – Events Calendar - Choose Chicago

Northalsted Market Days – Things to See & Do – Events Calendar - Choose Chicago | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Read more about 32nd annual Northalsted Market Days in Boystown Aug. 10-11, 2013. (RT @ChooseChicago: Another #LGBT event returning to #Chicago in Aug: Market Days!
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It gets better for the 'Queer as Folk' city with a vibrant cultural and gay life

It gets better for the 'Queer as Folk' city with a vibrant cultural and gay life | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Once one of the country’s pre-eminent industrial powerhouses, with a population of nearly 700,000, Pittsburgh (visitpittsburgh.com) has, like many similar American cities, changed considerably over the past few decades. Although now less than half its size compared to its heyday, this hilly and historic metropolis in the Ohio Valley is enjoying a dramatic renaissance, with a number of formerly downcast neighborhoods now abuzz with hip restaurants, indie shops and rehabbed factory buildings, apartments and row houses.

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Orlando still amiss for gay and lesbian travel market, says expert

Orlando still amiss for gay and lesbian travel market, says expert | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Orlando is considered the top tourist destination in the world, but there’s still...
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Miss Firecracker and Sparkling Skies Light Up Key West

Miss Firecracker and Sparkling Skies Light Up Key West | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Summer is here, and with it comes a glorious splash of fiery orange from the Royal Poinciana trees. I recently climbed to the top of the Key
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Big Gay Ice-Creaming in the Village

Big Gay Ice-Creaming in the Village | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Ice cream is the key to keeping cool in this humid heat, and Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is a delicious choice. With a location in the East Village and West Village, the lines at these two shops can take anywhere up to 40 minutes; but once you reach the counter, your taste buds will be delighted!

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Sitges: A Gay Ol' Time

Sitges: A Gay Ol' Time | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
I've been back from my summer holiday in Sitges for nearly a week now and after some reflection I think it's time to give the destination a bit of a 'review'. Sitges is a seaside town in the Catala...
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NY gay community gains historic recognition - Cherry Grove & Fire Island

NY gay community gains historic recognition - Cherry Grove & Fire Island | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove, decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City helped...

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Gay travel emerges as an out and out success

Gay travel emerges as an out and out success | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Hotels can no longer afford to simply hang a rainbow flag if they want to attract the pink dollar. It's a market now counted in the billions.

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Gay Traveler's curator insight, July 4, 2013 7:16 AM

A perspective on the LGBT market in Australia.

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Palm Springs Rebounds

Palm Springs Rebounds | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Palm Springs is very much a year-round destination, and if you can travel now during the slower summer season, you can benefit with much lower hotel prices.

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Op-ed: LGBT People Won't Visit Countries That Hate Them

Op-ed: LGBT People Won't Visit Countries That Hate Them | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Nations and corporations around the world increasingly understand LGBT people like to travel, but are choosy about where they go.
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NYC Gay Pride Parade Pictures

NYC Gay Pride Parade Pictures | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Last week the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbade the federal government from acknowledging ...

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Andrea Houston goes street-level to cover Toronto Pride

Andrea Houston goes street-level to cover Toronto Pride | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Activism, politics and drinking on the jobXtra's Andrea Houston covers Toronto Pride 2013 and stops for a drink along the way.
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Walk It Out: LA Tourism Curates The Ultimate LGBT Walking Tour

Walk It Out: LA Tourism Curates The Ultimate LGBT Walking Tour | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

“Discover LGBT Los Angeles,” the newest route created as part of the Car Free LA initiative, features nine stops all over the city that are significant to L.A.'s gay...

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Gay pride in Cincinnati - a sign of the times

Gay pride in Cincinnati - a sign of the times | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Huge cracks are showing in Cincinnati’s close-minded reputation.

Want proof? Just look at one of the main sponsors of Cincinnati Pride 2013 – a series of events which includes Saturday’s 40th annual Cincinnati Pride Parade. That sponsor would be the Queen City’s most famously conservative, straight-laced, buttoned-down business: Procter & Gamble.

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Top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations: Lonely Planet

Top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations: Lonely Planet | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
And it seems particularly relevant to post these top gay-friendly travel destinations, starting with these top 3: 1. San Francisco, USA Rainbow flags adorn apartment windows and bar entrances in ma...
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Key West - #GayKeyWest: Gay and Lesbian Influencers Network - Key West, FL (Gay2Day.com)

Key West - #GayKeyWest: Gay and Lesbian Influencers Network - Key West, FL (Gay2Day.com) | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Key West, FL: featuring Alexander Guesthouse, the South Florida Symphony, Ocean Wellness Spa, Three Fine Cooks, Venus Charters and more...
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We're very excited to be launching our #GayKeyWest destination page this weekend, in anticipation for some of the incredible events going on in Key West during the 4th of July weekend... a big thank you to the Key West Business Guild, Island House Key West Gay Hotel & Resort, Alexander's Guesthouse Key West, Steve K Murray-Smith, Guy Alan Ross and all of our friends in the wonderful island paradise that is KEY WEST!

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