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The Gay Travel Awards

Presented by

Previous Winners

2018 Gay Travel Awards Winner

Destination, International

2017 Gay Travel Awards Winner

Destination, International

2016 Gay Travel Awards Winner

Destination of the Year


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How was our organization recommended to be considered for official nomination in the 2019 Gay Travel Awards?

Each year millions of LGBT+ travelers visit GayTravel’s website, social media channels and read the GayTravel newsletters and blog posts. Throughout the year, GayTravel asks its readers for tourism-related recommendations to join previous award nominees and winners.

Q: Why should I consider our organization for nomination in the Gay Travel Awards?

Today, more and more destinations and related travel organizations realize the value of the loyal and lucrative LGBT+ travel market. With over $200 billion spent annually, this is an unprecedented time to expand your outreach and visibility to gay travelers. LGBT+ allies, governments, and institutions are also paying keen attention to a destination’s genuine outreach and reputation regarding inclusivity. is the #1 ranked LGBT+ travel company and has been a leading influential brand for gay travelers for over twenty years. While an organization may espouse its destination’s gay friendliness as part of an ongoing marketing and PR strategy, meticulous surveying of the LGBT+ market indicates that 92% have more confidence in the information they find themselves on a trusted, 3rd party travel site like than from the destination itself.

Q: Are there any fees associated with the application process?

There is an application fee of USD $495 which is assessed only to approved and nominated applicants. There is no fee if your application is unsuccessful. In addition, all partners' application fees are waived as part of their annual memberships. If you are not a current partner and would like to learn how your application fee can be waived by becoming a partner, please email or call 1-800-GAY-TRAVEL ext. 709.

Q: What are the next steps in the Gay Travel Awards process?

All recommended nominees are first contacted to determine if they wish to be considered as an official nominee. Those that wish to be considered will be reviewed and interviewed to ensure they meet all qualification requirements.

Q: What happens if we pass the review and ultimately become a Gay Travel Awards nominee?

You will be notified of your designation and invoiced for your entry fee. Upon receipt of payment, you will be officially nominated. You will receive the official Gay Travel Awards nominee badge along with the rights to use the official marks in your public relations and marketing efforts. You will also receive a vote for us banner media and press release examples to use to get the word out regarding your nomination.

Q: How can our organization be a Gay Travel Awards winner?

Following nomination, voting will take place on the website in mid-December. You will receive a voting kit for promotion on your own platforms in order to encourage votes for your organization within your category. Voting is one of a number of crucial components of our selection process, though winners are ultimately decided through a proprietary algorithm designed to weigh criteria consistent with the Awards mission, primarily surrounding the acceptance and inclusiveness of LGBT travelers, as well as service levels, amenities, and overall guest experience.

Still have questions?
Please email or call 1-800-GAY-TRAVEL ext. 709 or 1-503-536-7271 ext. 709 for international calls to the United States. 


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