Gay and lesbian travellers spend an average of nearly 60% more on their travels than their straight counterparts, or so a recent study says.
This was reported as one of the biggest findings of an American survey by Community Marketing Inc. that specialises in the gay and lesbian consumer market. The results were released by travel trade show ITB Berlin.
After polling 5,700 volunteer respondents across the US last year, the survey found that gay and lesbian hotel guests spend an average of 57% more during their vacation than their heterosexual counterparts.
Part of the reasons offered by the market research group include the fact that gay men and lesbians travel more, own more homes and cars, spend more on electronics and have the largest amount of disposable income of any niche market.
Other findings out of the wide-sweeping survey include:
* For 40% of gay and lesbian travellers, a destination’s degree of gay-friendliness was identified as the main influence when planning their vacation.
* Warm weather was also the priority for 66% of gay men and 67% of lesbians; other considerations include cultural attractions, beaches and cuisine.
* Relaxation was the main goal for 50% of gay respondents, while 32% of lesbians said spending time with their partner was their aim.
* When it comes to choosing a hotel, for 33% of gay and 30% of lesbian interviewees said the location of their hotel significantly influenced their decision, followed by price.
Meanwhile, another demographic identified as a major driving force in the international tourism industry is affluent Muslim travelers with money to spend, a market estimated to be twice the size of China’s.