Published on : Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The UNWTO 2nd Global Report on LGBT Tourism was launched at the Annual Convention of the International Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Association (IGLTA), which took place on 4-6 May in Florida. The report, developed in cooperation with IGLTA, stresses on the potential of this segment and how to successfully maximize its value.
The report offers a broad analysis of LGBT travelers, providing assistance for tourism stakeholders, and destinations in particular, interested in attracting this segment. The report includes an overview of the highlights and recent global trends of LGBT tourism, along with a review of the current state of LGBT rights around the world.
To quote UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “In the last years, LGBT tourism has experienced continued growth, being today widely recognized as an important and promising segment of tourism worldwide. This segment can be a powerful vehicle for economic development, social inclusion and the competitiveness of tourism destinations.”
The diversity and complexity natural to the LGBT consumer is explored, providing a set of recommendations to tourism stakeholders. The publication was enriched by a comprehensive recompilation of case studies from public and private sectors.