Expedia.com is the world’s leading online travel agency. recently, they announced that they have added a travel site catering to the LGBT community. They have partnered with Fort Lauderdale-based International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which is the leading global organization dedicated to our travel needs.
“At expedia.com, this is in keeping with our mission to be the best place to book travel,” said Tim MacDonald, senior vice president and general manager, of expedia. com. “This page will simplify and improve the shopping and booking experience for LGBT customers. It was based on research illustrating the difficulty in finding LGBT- welcoming hotels, and our solution was vetted by a group of LGBT professionals at expedia® and a roundtable of gay travel community members. IGLTA helped us determine the hotels that populate the store.”
If you have ever gone through the experience of looking for a hotel, especially in a foreign country whose language you do not speak, you know the difficulty in finding a gay friendly hotel, inn, or guest- house. Would-be travelers often consult with friends, look for things like gay pride flags or smiling gay couples on website photo galleries.
The expedia & IGLTA initiative will certainly streamline the search.
“Our goal is to be the best place to book your travel. expedia chose to partner with IGLTA because of their strong reputation and international scope,” said Janice Lichtenwaldt, of expedia. “They have been great partners and have provided us with solid advice and guidance.We look forward to growing our partnership.”
Currently, there are 10 domestic destinations – including Canada – and five international. Of course, our beloved South Florida is on the list! The website also lists LGBT events and festivals. The June calendar is currently posted and lists gay pride celebrations from Oslo to LA.
Although, one has to wonder – given that since most gay individuals and couples have more disposable income than their straight peers, why has it taken so long for this development?
For more information please visit Expedia.com/daily/gaytravel