The results are based on the opinions of 350 respondents to a survey conducted on the Travel Gay Asia web site during May and June 2014, combined with an analysis of 5,000 gay travel reservations and provides a unique insight into this fast-growing market.
54% of respondents said they travel on their own, compared with 30% who said they usually travel with a partner.
16% said they usually travel with a friend or group of friends.
20% of respondents said they have experienced a problem at a hotel because they were a same-sex couple.
The most consistent issue reported was a hotel providing a twin room, when a double had been previously booked.
Our survey confirmed that a country’s “gay-friendly” reputation has an impact on holiday spending decisions, with 89% saying it was an important factor.
Popular holiday activities include hitting the beach (53%) sightseeing (70%), shopping (56%) and enjoying gay bars & clubs (75%). Less than 14% of respondents preferred non-gay nightlife.
Availability of a gay bar scene is more important than gay nightclubs. More than 88% of respondents said that the availability of gay bars was important, compared with on 58% who considered gay dance clubs as being important.
Despite recent troubles (a coup occurred during the time the survey was open), Bangkok stands out as the most popular destination for gay travellers, with more than 40% saying it was their favourite Asian destination.
Hong Kong 6%
62% of respondents said they had taken 3 or more trips for pleasure during the previous 12 months (that involved at least 1 night in a hotel).
32% said they had taken 6 or more trips for pleasure in the previous 12 months.
Only 4% of respondents said they had not travelled for pleasure at all during the previous 12 months.
We asked our respondents how many short (up to 5 days) and longer (6 days +) trips for pleasure they planned to take over the coming 12 months.
52% of our survey respondents said they planned to take 3 or more short trips. 38% of survey respondents said they planned to take 3 or more longer trips.
Overall, on average respondents planned to take 5 trips for pleasure (long and short) in the coming year.
Only 6% of respondents said they did not plan to take any short trips and only 2% said they did not plan to take any longer trips.
Within Asia, only 17% of hotel stays were for more than 5 nights or more.
|1 – 2 nights||40%||50%|
|3 – 4 nights||35%||33%|
|5 – 6 nights||13%||10%|
|7 nights +||12%||7%|
This compares with 25% for hotels stays by gay travellers within Europe.
This trend is more pronounced in Asia, where 39% of gay traveller hotel bookings are made 7 days or less before check-in.
|0 – 7 days before check-in||27%||39%|
|8 – 31 days before check-in||30%||30%|
|32 – 90 days before check-in||28%||22%|
|91 – 180 days before check-in||12%||7%|
|181 days +||3%||2%|
75% of travellers from Thailand and 72% of travellers from Malaysia booked accommodation within Asia less than 31 days before check-in.
68% of travellers from the USA, 64% of travellers from the UK and 62% of travellers from Australia booked accommodation in Asia less than 31 days before check-in.
The Gay Asia Travel survey was conducted on www.travelgayasia.com web site during May and June 2014.
95% of the survey respondents said they were gay males.
54% of respondents said they lived with Asia, 21% lived in Europe and 13% in North & South America and 11% in Australia & New Zealand
Hotel stay data was compiled from anonymous statistical data for a sample of bookings made via the www.travelgayasia.com web site over a 12 month period.
European comparison data was based a similar sample of bookings made via the www.travelgayeurope.com web site for the same period.
www.travelgayasia.com and www.travelgayeurope.com provide comprehensive free gay travel guides for more than 100 of the most popular destinations in Asia and Europe.
The sites are used by more than 300,000 visitors a month from virtually every country on the planet to help plan short breaks, holidays or just great nights out.
Travel Gay Asia and Travel Gay Europe are editorially independent and maintained by a gay team based in the UK and Thailand.
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