Many Americans who identify as LGBTQ+ want to be seen in destination marketing materials.
In fact, 43% of respondents to MMGY Global’s Portrait of LGBTQ+ Travelers in America survey said representation in marketing would make them more confident a destination is inclusive.
Of concern to LGBTQ+ travelers are safety (50%), state politics as related to their identity (52%) and negative perception from locals and other tourists (39%). Thirty-three percent said the perception of others changes how they present themselves while traveling.
- Focus on LGBTQ+ travel
MMGY also found that LGBTQ+ travelers tend to be younger (average age: 39) than the average U.S. traveler (49).
Further, LGBTQ+ travelers are more likely to travel solo than other Americans, with 50% of LGBTQ+ respondents saying they travel solo and only 33% noting they travel in pairs. This can be compared to 40% of U.S. travelers going solo and 40% traveling in pairs.
LGBTQ+ travelers want to unwind, relax and explore new places, and 40% are motivated by LGBTQ+ specific events and attractions.
To compile the portrait, MMGY used data from Shifflet’s 2021 Travel Performance/Monitor, which sampled 2,342 LGBTQ+ individuals, and its own study based on a sample of 1,050 LGBTQ+ individuals collected online.
MMGY is donating all proceeds from the sale of the Portrait of LGBTQ+ Travelers in America to Brave Trails, a nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth leadership.
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