In-person Pride celebrations are back in 2022, after two years of digital or rescheduled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and LGBTQ+ travelers are heading across the world to major destinations to be part of queer joy.
As the modern Pride movement has gained momentum over the past few decades, parades, protest marches and queer parties draw millions of LGBTQ+ people from around the world to celebrate in solidarity.
In the UK, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in London in 1972, as 53 years have passed since the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York acted as a catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement. that we know today.
But Pride has spread to many major cities around the world as an annual celebration of inclusion and liberation, while continuing to call for increased protection and support for all LGBTQ+ people.
New data from Airbnb has revealed the Top 50 Global Pride Celebrations based on the total number of nights booked over the respective Pride weekends, with UK capital London ranking No. 1.
Tens of thousands of nights have been booked with Airbnb hosts in major Pride destinations, earning those who rent out their rooms and homes to LGBTQ+ travelers and allies $76m (£60m) ).
A recent study by GAY TIMES – which surveyed over 15,000 LGBTQ+ people around the world – found that more than two-thirds (74%) have started traveling again as lockdown restrictions have eased.
Additionally, 61% of respondents said they actively seek out LGBTQ+ experiences as part of their travel itinerary.
“LGBTQ+ people face various challenges and barriers when traveling abroad. It is often not enough to understand local laws on LGBTQ+ rights, but also the social perspective of citizens – which often varies from city to city within a given country,” says Tag Warner, CEO of GAY TIMES.
“On the other hand, data from this GAY TIMES study shows that LGBTQ+ people often travel to embrace each other and their identities – knowing that this can sometimes be easier when away from home. with our audience of their own travel plans, we expect a significant increase in LGBTQ+ travel around Pride this summer.
“Many Pride events and celebrations have been canceled since 2019 and gay travelers are ready to participate again.”
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Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and Lisbon round out the Top 5 most popular destinations for Pride weekend celebrations based on total number of nights booked through Airbnb.
“Since our inception, Airbnb has helped cities use existing space to scale accommodations and absorb visitor influxes, while creating significant economic opportunities for hosts and local small businesses,” said Haven Thorn, communications manager for Airbnb.
“With Pride making a strong comeback after too long a hiatus, the opportunity to host on Airbnb remains significant. In 2019, when Pride last took place in person, hosts around the world collectively earned more than 60 millions by opening their homes to welcome LGBTQ+ guests from around the world.
“Tens of thousands of nights have already been booked for Pride weekends across multiple continents, and the UK is home to seven of the world’s 50 Prides this year.”
The company has a strict non-discrimination policy and community commitment that all Airbnb hosts and travelers must agree to before using the platform, to keep LGBTQ+ hosts and travelers safe.
“Krystal and I are proud to host and welcome people from all corners of the world and from all walks of life into our home,” says Rojan and Krystal, Airbnb hosts from Toronto, Canada.
“We not only welcome guests to our homes, but also to our city – and this is especially true during Pride. It’s amazing to see the city come alive and see people from all over the world participating in all the things that make Pride so great.
You can see the full list of the top 50 Pride destinations based on Airbnb bookings below, based on bookings made on the platform between January and May 2022.
Top 50 Global Pride Celebrations – by total number of nights booked during the respective Pride weekends:
1. London, UK (July 1-3, 2022)
2. Paris, France (June 24-26, 2022)
3. Rome, Italy (June 10-12, 2022)
4. Los Angeles, USA (June 10-12, 2022)
5. Lisbon, Portugal (June 17-19, 2022)
6. Barcelona, Spain (June 24-26, 2022)
7. Toronto, Canada (June 24-26, 2022)
8. New York, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
9. Milan, Italy (July 1-3, 2022)
10. Madrid, Spain (July 8-12, 2022)
11. Vienna, Austria (June 10-12, 2022)
12. São Paulo, Brazil (June 17-19, 2022)
13. Mexico City, Mexico (June 24-26, 2022)
14. Marseilles, France (July 1-3, 2022)
15. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (May 20-22, 2022)
16. Seattle, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
17. Valencia, Spain (June 24-26, 2022)
18. San Francisco, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
19. Chicago, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
20. Nashville, TN (June 24-26, 2022)
21. Denver, Colorado (June 24-26, 2022)
22. Portland, USA (June 17-19, 2022)
23. Edinburgh, UK (24-26 June 2022)
24. New Orleans, Louisiana (June 10-12, 2022)
25. Montreal, Canada (August 5-7, 2022)
26. Berlin, Germany (July 22-24, 2022)
27. Lyon, France (June 10-12, 2022)
28. Vancouver, Canada (July 29-31, 2022)
29. Tel Aviv, Israel (June 10-12, 2022)
30. Budapest, Hungary (July 22-24, 2022)
31. Dublin, Ireland (June 24-26, 2022)
32. Prague Czech Republic, Republic (August 12-14, 2022)
33. Amsterdam, Netherlands (August 5-7, 2022)
34. Bordeaux, France (June 24-26, 2022)
35. Copenhagen, Denmark (August 19-21, 2022)
36. Brighton, UK (August 5-7, 2022)
37. Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 24-26, 2022)
38. Cologne, Germany (July 1-3, 2022)
39. Glasgow, UK (June 24-26, 2022)
40. Bristol, UK (July 8-10, 2022)
41. Ibiza Town, Spain (June 17-19, 2022)
42. Austin, USA (August 12-14, 2022)
43. Provincetown, Massachusetts (June 3-5, 2022)
44. Mykonos, Greece (August 19-21, 2022)
45. Hamburg, Germany (August 5-7, 2022)
46. Manchester, UK (August 26-28, 2022)
47. Sitges, Spain (June 10-12, 2022)
48. Liverpool, UK (July 29-31, 2022)
49. Rotterdam, Netherlands (June 17-19, 2022)
50. Wilton Manors, USA (June 17-19, 2022)
As a company, Airbnb is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for its LGBTQ+ employees, particularly through its internal Pride Network.
“We are very proud and grateful for the hard work of Employee Resource Groups AirPride and [email protected] to make Airbnb a great place to work for LGBTQ employees,” the company also states.
“AirPride’s mission is to celebrate diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation and to enable Airbnb to be a positive force for both its own LGBTQ+ employees and the world. [email protected]’s mission is to support trans and gender non-conforming employees and to advocate for Airbnb improvements that will benefit the trans community.