Dallas has moved up two spots in the rankings and is now in a three-way tie as the 16th-most popular destination for LGBT travelers, according to the newly released 14th annual Gay & Lesbian Tourism Study by Community Marketing Inc. Dallas was alone at No. 18 last year. This year’s rankings show that 11 percent of the 4,726 LGBT people surveyed in the U.S. had traveled to Dallas in the last year and spent at least one night in a hotel. This tied Dallas with Denver and Phoenix at No. 16, and put us immediately behind Miami and Atlanta and immediately ahead of New Orleans. New York took the No. 1 spot at 32 percent, followed by San Francisco at 27 percent, Las Vegas at 26 percent, Chicago at 25 percent and Los Angeles/West Hollywood at 24 percent. Here are a few other trends from this year’s report:
1) Due to the deep recession, almost all destinations experienced a decrease in LGBT travel, except Washington D.C., which garnered higher numbers.
2) The rankings remain remarkably consistent from past years. A few destinations such as Seattle, however, did jump up in rankings.
3) The top seven LGBT destinations experienced the least decline in LGBT visitors, while other destinations experienced larger declines.
4) Overall, leisure travel declined slightly among LGBT travelers, but business travel and cruise travel saw steeper drop-offs.