CERTIFIED LESBIAN AND GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS
We are pleased to announce World Rainbow Hotels, the first ever consortia program aimed at gay & lesbian welcoming hotels worldwide. Over 1,000 gay & lesbian welcoming hotels in over 120 destinations are participating in the program, ranging from 3 to 5 star properties located in the most popular destinations for gay and lesbian travelers.
Travel professionals will now be better equipped to offer their clients a certified LGBTQ+-friendly hotel and book a gay friendly hotel on the GDS. Only carefully selected hotels have been approved into the program based on World Rainbow Hotels’ strict acceptance criteria.
HOW TO BOOK GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS ON THE GDS
Public commissionable rates
If you are looking to book a gay friendly hotel on the GDS, you can search for World Rainbow Hotel specific rates with the rate name of “World Rainbow Hotels BAR”. These rates will be found on the GDS in the promotional category, and are commissionable at a hotel’s regular commission level.
Confidential, discounted rates
Alternatively, travel agents can book our preferred rates simply by completing the registration form to gain access to our confidential rates. No costs apply to participate in this agreement. Our member hotels offer both enhanced commission and discounted rates for registered agencies. It will only take you a few minutes to register. Once we have received your registration details we will set your agency up with access to book our discounted rates on your GDS: using the rate code GY1 (Amadeus, Sabre, Worldspan) or GAY (Galileo/Apollo).
How to define “gay-friendliness”? Being “gay-friendly” is not about treating your LGBTQ+ customers different to other customers. It is about letting your LGBTQ+ customers experience what most travelers take for granted; the ability to relax and be themselves on vacation.
Every customer has their own subjective interpretation of what “gay-friendly” means, and each is valid. World Rainbow Hotels aims to give hotels all the right tools to make these criteria the least subjective as possible. When accepting hotels into our program, we are focused on partnering with tolerant and open-minded properties that believe in providing knowledge, support and training to their staff in order to make their LGBTQ+ clients feel welcome.
World Rainbow Hotels supports hotels that exceed their LGBTQ+ clients’ expectations and help them go out of their way to provide a truly LGBTQ+-welcoming experience from the time of reservation to check-out.
Only carefully selected hotels have been approved into the program based on World Rainbow Hotels’ acceptance criteria, which analyzes:
- Hotel’s location
- Hotel’s characteristics
- Hotel’s knowledge of local gay-scene
- Hotel’s current involvement with the LGBTQ+ community
- Hotel’s compliance with non-discrimination policies and same sex benefits to their staff