Photo courtesy of Esja Travel which caters to LGBT travelers
Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) wants to hear from you. They have a new online survey about LGBTQ hotel and travel preferences. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Everyone who completes the survey can be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty US $50, or if you win you can select a charity to receive the $50.
CMI’s Hotel and Travel Preferences LGBTQ Survey
One survey question asks what (if any) blogs are travel resources for you. Any shout out to BosGuy blog is certainly appreciated.
Last month The Travel Channel posted a quick read on tips to help you book cheap flights, which you can read here. I have included a few of their suggestions and combined them with some of my travel tips. I hope you find these helpful.
1 – Book your flights on Tuesday afternoons between 2PM – 3PM. Rick Sweeney, CEO and co-founder of Farecompare explains that airfares are filed in the evenings each Monday, which allows competing airlines on Tuesday at 10AM to see what fares are being filed and they are given the option of “matching” competitor airfares. This matching process takes a bit of time and that is how / why shopping on Tuesdays (ideally at 2:30PM) is so economical. For more on this watch this video of Rick Sweeney on Business Insider.
2- Shop for flights incognito. Outsmart the internet by searching for airline tickets in private browsing mode or incognito. Since cookies are used when you’re searching regularly in your browser, airline sites can see you repeatedly searched routes and increase the price it quotes you.
3 – Check out Google Flights. I think this is the best search tool if you are looking to get away but not necessarily married to any specific destination. For example, if you want to go to Western Europe in the Summer or perhaps the Caribbean in the Fall you can select a part of the world and Google Flights will show you airfares for all the airports in that area. You can also refine the search to look by specific airline alliances.
Do you enjoy camping? Did you know there is a local group that regularly plans camping trips around New England for gay men only? This group of nearly 500 members recently created a Facebook page that I would like to encourage you to visit and like: www.facebook.com/GayMenCamping.
Gay Men Camping is a social outdoor adventure group for gay men of all ages including singles, couples and friends who appreciate nature, hiking, backpacking and have a passion for exploring the outdoors. This is a non-sexual social group to make new friends of every age. A get-together for singles to meet other singles, for events to do with your gay male friends and for couples looking for a social getaway. No worries if you are a camping novice. All are welcome.
Upcoming camping trips include:
Friday, July 28th: Wompatuck State Park 🌳 Hingham, MA
Friday, August 18th: Harold Parker State Forest 🌳 Andover, MA
Sunday, August 27th: Private Island 🎣 Royalston, MA
Having recently returned from Washington, D.C. for their pride celebration, I thought I’d share findings from Generali Global Assistance which says two-thirds of Americans plan to travel this summer (up 5% from last summer).
Will you be taking time off from work this summer?
Share your destination in the comments section of this post.
The findings from Generali Global Assistance are not LGBTQ-specific and I looked back at CMI’s 21st Annual LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Survey to see if they shared any insight into travel this year as compared to last but didn’t see that information. My hunch is that lesbian and gay singles and couples who don’t have children probably travel more than the general population and the percentage of LGBTQ travelers in general would be higher than Generali Global Assistance findings.
For the third time, last week Jet Blue filed to launch nonstop airline service between Boston and Havana, Cuba. Citing a saturated market, Spirit, Frontier and Silver airways are ending their commercial trips between south Florida and Havana. Jet Blue’s application requests to be able to start service effective November 1 and indicates they would use a 162-seat A320 with weekly service on Saturdays.
Earlier this week discount airline, Norwegian Air, rolled out a killer sale for flights from Providence, RI to introduce new flight routes that will begin later this summer from that airport. The new nonstop flights to Scotland and Ireland which start at $65 for a one way fare are now sold out, but Norwegian Air says its long term lowest fares on these routes will remain quite low, with more deals to come with fares starting as low as at $99 one way.
Norwegian’s eye-popping introductory fares show just how much competition there is among European discount airlines which in recent years have set their sights on U.S. airports. Norwegian, along with Icelandic upstart WOW Air, have added multiple new routes between the New England and Europe recently.
New Norwegian Air destinations from Providence
Edinburgh flights begins June 16
Belfast flights begins July 1
Cork flights begins July 1
Dublin flights begins July 2
Shannon flights begins July 3
Each year Community Marketing Inc. (CMI) share the results of their annual LGBT travel and tourism survey. This past December findings from their 2016 survey were shared after collecting and analyzing responses from more than 4,700 people. The survey focuses on travel in the United States and is of interest to those in the travel industry as well as people like yours truly who is curious to see how LGBT travelers differ from the industry-at-large.
In CMI’s survey they found that LGBT travelers want many of the same things, for example survey respondents indicated rest and relaxation was the most important aspect of their travel but people “relax” differently. In the case of travelers who identify as gay, visiting large cities, LGBT-popular destinations and nightlife were more important than lesbian travelers. More lesbians preferred visiting nature and remaining active outdoors; not much of a surprise.
Source: CMI’s 21st Annual LGBT Travel Survey Report
The most popular destinations in the US for LGBT travelers (this includes for work and leisure) was New York City followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago. It was noted on CMI’s webcast (where they explained a lot of their findings) that Boston slipped for the first time out of the top 10, ranking 11th. It was also noted that interest in Seattle has increased and they tied for 8th most visited destination along with San Diego and Fort Lauderdale.
The survey provides more information about demographics, how the LGBT community spend their time and money when they travel. If this is of interest to you check out the link below that I’ve included or Google the survey to download and read all the findings from their 2016 survey.
About Survey Respondents: The majority of respondents identified as single gay men who earn less than $100,000. You can see the full breakdown of the demographics if you download their report if you find this sort of thing interesting: CMI LGBT Travel & Tourism Survey 2016.