Community Marketing Releases 2011-2012 Gay & Lesbian Tourism Report

Published Date Author: , December 21st, 2011

Community Marketing 16th Annual Gay and Lesbian Tourism ReportKey findings from CMI’s 16th Annual LGBT Tourism Study have been compiled from responses from self-identified gay and lesbian consumers who read LGBT publications, visit LGBT websites, and attend LGBT events. With over 10,000 respondents, this study polled more qualified, community-representative respondents than any other LGBT tourism survey, and offers valuable insights about consumers who may be reached through LGBT-dedicated marketing initiatives.

In addition to the Tourism Study, CMI produces online surveys, focus groups, field studies and customer satisfaction evaluations for a wide variety of clients including CVBs, DMOs and tourism offices, tour operators, hospitality groups, real estate developers, etc. In the year 2011 alone, CMI collected and analyzed over 100,000 gay and lesbian survey responses.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the travel and tourism industry in the United States generated more than $1.3 trillion in economic output in 2010. Based on this data and CMI sample demographics, we estimate that the annual economic impact of LGBT travelers is over US$65 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

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