This article was published on December 19th, 2018
Move over Airbnb and Misterbandb: there’s about to be a new girl in town and all the gurls are talking about it. If you are a gay on the go or you holiday all over the planet anywhere, everywhere, anytime, then you’ll want to be in on what is sure to be the next best sensation in queer travel. A new service and website is about to be launched for LGBT vacationers looking for queer owned, operated, and friendly establishments. Get ready for the next innovation in gay traveling as a new LGBT platform for queer accommodation will be launching in the new year.
Gays spend an annual average upwards of $200 billion on travel and vacationing, and holiday twice as much as their straight counterparts. With an average stay of at least four nights while away, the “pink dollar” of travel and tourism is one not many companies have successfully tapped into—until now.
If you have ever traveled using a home sharing service, there is always that apprehension of having to come out to your hosts or perfect strangers just to be honest about yourself. Finding LGBT-friendly hosts can be daunting and an exhausting task for gay people simply looking to get away from it all.
A new LGBT platform is launching with ally and LGBT exclusivity, only. Airbnb Super host Robert Geller, whose home is based in Tampa, Florida, has created a website and company with the aim of removing the ‘coming out’ part of booking travel accommodations for queer travelers. He has his sights set on the nearly 5.3 million Airbnb active listings and is hoping to get an foothold in the gay travel market within the site’s first 18 months, which would make it the biggest LGBT accommodations platform.
With the site’s name being held in secrecy up until launch day, gay and queer hosts can pre-register—something more than 2,300 Airbnb and VRBO hosts have already done in just the seven weeks since they launched the site’s teaser website, www.recruitinghosts.com. Geller will implement a temporary monthly fee for his service of $11.99, and users will have access to LGBT and queer-friendly/positive hosts from around the world.
This subscription based business model will feature more than 10,000 hosts upon official launch and the fees will be paid for by the hosts. They will receive weekly promos to weekly audiences of thousands of gays on travel blogs, articles, enews, and the platform’s site.
Guest bookings take place wherever the listing originates, such as Airbnb or VRBO, and the platform will weed through to find the best possible queer hosts.
This new platform will also stand as allies and stewards of the queer community. In an effort to give back, the platform will share some profit percentages with non-profit groups and organizations combating LGBT youth and teen homelessness. These groups will also receive free marketing and promos on the site, in an effort to help end the nearly 12% of queer kids who are more likely to be homeless than their straight counterparts.
What are you waiting for? Get in on all the fun and a fantastic opportunity to cater your home and accommodations towards the LGBT community, before it’s too late. For more information and to be one of the early bird super hosts for this exciting new platform that is changing the way gays travel, visit their teaser site at www.recruitinghosts.com. You’ll be set for your next gaycation.