Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Gay Tourism

Gay tourism

Gay tourism (sometimes termed GLBT or Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Tourism) is about developing products and activities which appeal to these segments, or creating safe, sympathetic destinations where it feels comfortable to be openly gay.

Many destinations are increasingly recognising the benefits of attracting the so-called ‘Pink Pound or Dollar’. According to Florida (2002), who developed a ‘Gay Index’ for cities, there are close connections between economic development and business growth, and high numbers of gay residents. The same is true of the tourism sector, where the slang term ‘gaycation’ has become common parlance for a vacation which includes a pronounced aspect of GLBT culture. The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) holds an annual world convention and four symposia in ...

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