Authentic, Welcoming Destinations Key To Attracting LGTBQ+ Travelers

Guest Host: Ed Salvato
Airdate: 07/18/01

Ed Salvato discusses many of the challenges facing LGTBQ+ travelers, identifies which generation(s) hold the greatest promise for breaking discriminatory barriers, and highlights the benefits of sensitivity training.  Returning from Destination International’s annual convention, Tripadvisor’s Steve Paganelli covers this year’s theme and how DI is moving beyond the pandemic, with emphasis on ways DMOs can expand their local resident support.  Jim Luttjohann, President & CEO of the Catalina Island Tourism Authority shares how Catalina Island learned to grow their role in destination management versus destination marketing.  Dave Bratton at Destination Analysts reveals some new, concerning traveler sentiments as the Delta variant brings an added element with a nation working to recover. 

Kurt Burkhart gives heads-up on a contest by Ganja Vacations that’ll give one lucky winner a vacation to remember (or, perhaps forget), opines on when non-essential travel will resume across the US-Canadian border, and congratulates Marriott International, Inc. for topping the score on the Disability Equality Index, and being named to the Best Places to Work Disability Index list.