Pink Choice Awards set the standard for gay travelers

When it comes to gay and lesbian travel, there’s a veritable minefield of accommodation options, and many often turn out not to be the best choice. It’s no secret that the gay travel market means big bucks for the hospitality industry, added to which, gay and lesbian travelers have a higher expendable income, and tend to travel more frequently than their heterosexual counterparts. So, it’s not surprising that hoteliers and large hotel corporations see value in declaring themselves gay-friendly to get a slice of the cake.

In previous posts we have questioned exactly what gay-friendly means, and the recent coverage of the disastrous vacation experienced by two gays staying at the Gran Melia Resort in Cancun, booked through Expedia’s new gay-friendly hotel listings, highlights just how easily the label of ‘gay-friendliness’ can in reality mean homophobia. To add to the gay traveler’s difficulties, TripAdvisor has deemed it necessary to place many gay hotels in a hard to find section on the site under ‘Specialty Lodging’.

Pink Choice Gay Hotel AwardPink Choice was conceived and launched in 2006, because of the confusing information which was available, to provide gay and lesbian travelers with hotel reviews, written by people like themselves, as well as ratings, both good and bad, of their experiences staying in hotels which market  to the LGBT community. Based on these ratings, derived from the guest’s response to eight questions about the hotel experience, Pink Choice Awards are presented annually to those properties providing the very best in guest services. With more than 2000 hotels listed in 650 global destinations, Pink Choice provides its members with general recommendations ranging from award-winning properties right through the spectrum of guest experiences, to those rated the ‘Last Resort’ which should be avoided at all costs.

We believe that the Pink Choice awards and ratings provide the LGBT community with meaningful guidelines for planning vacations that will be enjoyable, and without any unpleasant surprises. We encourage all our members to tell us about their experiences by posting reviews about their hotel stays. By doing this, we can all benefit, and avoid embarrassing situations and disappointment.

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