Interview With Gay Travel Blogger Carlos Melia

Author: , August 30th, 2014

Carlos Melia

Last year, we reported that LGBT tourists spend more money on vacation than their straight counterparts. And in May, the New York Times (quoting LGBT market research firm Community Marketing Insights) estimated the economic impact of LGBT travelers in the US at $70 billion annually.

Few people know the LGBT travel industry as well as Carlos Melia. His website describes him as a “luxury travel curator,” with sidelines as a travel agent, travel blogger, and concierge. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in crafting custom travel experiences for LGBT clients, so we thought: Who better to ask for tips on traveling in style?

dot429: Besides going to LGBT-friendly places, what makes LGBT travelers distinct from straight travelers?

Carlos Melia: I’ve found gay travelers to be well informed and more savvy about the destinations and experiences they’re looking for. They move mainly by word-of-mouth, and they base their decisions on people like me, who report their own experiences free from any editorial bias or hidden interest.

My clients, who are in their 40’s, have travelled the world openly gay meaning they look for gay districts, take part in circuit parties, go to clubs and find exclusive gay hot spots. Now they also look for true local experiences, using suppliers who really cater to the affluent gay and lesbian community.

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