LGBTQ people spend almost $100 billion on travel in the US alone

Bea Mitchell April 14, 2018
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We now know that LGBTQ travellers spend almost $100 billion on travel in the US alone, thanks to Grindr.

An official survey carried out by the dating app has found that LGBTQ consumers spend more than $5 trillion globally, and $965 billion in the US, with $100 billion of that going on travel.

Meanwhile, 40% of Grindr’s LGBTQ millennials travel every quarter for fun, while 24% travel monthly. 39% plan their trips 1-3 months in advance, and 35% plan their trips 3-6 months in advance. Approximately 36 million overnight international travellers in 2017 were LGBTQ.

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61% said that gay-friendly destinations and airlines etc. are important. 75% said that locations with an LGBTQ website makes them more likely to visit.

And, according to Grindr users, the top 10 destinations are: Italy, France, Hawaii, New York City, Australia, the UK, Greece, Spain, Japan, and Las Vegas.

52% prefer using mobile apps to guide them on holiday, 51% use travel site apps, and 31% of gay men use dating apps while they’re on vacay.

Elsewhere, 49% of LGBTQ travellers enjoy nightlife, with 46% listing culture and cuisine as their interest, and 39% opting for museums and sightseeing. 30% are after nature and the great outdoors, while 18% want wineries and breweries. 35% are keen on quirky, off the beaten track holidays.

Weirdly, 76% of gay millennials want to go on a cruise.

In terms of hotels, 71% stay in big-name places, 26% in boutique hotels, and 29% in home-shares. 50% of LGBT travellers want hip and fun hotels, while 52% and 55% of people want hotels and home shares in the centre of the action and nightlife, respectively.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go on hols, check out our roundup of the 11 very best US destinations for LGBT travellers from all across the country – and where you can stay while you’re there.

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