I’ve been quoted 7 times in one week. (Must be Gay Pride Month!)

25 06 2019

Ed Salvato speaking about LGBTQ hospitality training at Proud Experiences London May 2018You know how you can tell it’s LGBTQ Pride month? I was quoted in seven pieces in one week. I am quoted frequently but I wish publications would cover LGBTQ travel the OTHER 11 months of the year. Well, at least they focus on us in June.

Fox40Best places to travel to for pride

TravelPulse: This two-part article quotes us extensively and covers the topic of LGBTQ travelers in the luxury market space plus a follow-up piece on our #PrideTravel Twitter Chat in June 2019.

AARP:

LifeHacker.com: This piece looks at the topic of LGBTQ travel safety





THIS EVENT HAS ENDED #PrideTravel 🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+ travel safety Twitter chat, Thursday, Jun 13, 2pm EST Please join!

12 06 2019
This event is over.

Thank you to all that participated. This chat about the timely and important topic of LGBTQ travel safety usually generates over 50 million impressions and reached nearly 5 million accounts.

Missed it? Read all the great Tweets here! (It’s an on-the-fly FAQ of LGBTQ travel safety!)
Please join our annual #PrideTravel safety Twitter chat this Thursday, June 13 at 2pm EST.
#PrideTravel safety Twitter chat
This is a unique opportunity to reach a vast, receptive queer audience with your messages of inclusion (as well as your LGBTQ product offering). Last year we generated 46 million impressions and reached nearly 4.6 million accounts. With World Pride around the corner, this chat promises to be the biggest and best yet.
I’m passionate about LGBTQ+ travel safety and rely on partners to raise awareness of this important issue. I’d really appreciate your participation. We published the foremost guide to LGBTQ travel safety. Download it here for free.
How to participate:
  • Use the accompanying graphic to promote the chat via your networks and platforms
  • On Thursday, June 13 at 2pm log in to Twitter and join in!
    • Be sure to include A1, A2, A3 etc in your response so we know which question you are answering.
    • ALWAYS use #PrideTravel in every tweet so participants can see your response.
  • If you’re traveling or in an incompatible time zone, please consider pre-scheduling your responses.
    • Please direct message me to receive the questions.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to “seeing” you on Twitter Thursday!




Travel Expert

18 04 2019

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 2.57.38 PMEd Salvato is an LGBTQ+ travel expert, published author, instructor at NYT Tisch School and Temple and chief content officer of ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine and HospitableMe (strategy, content marketing & LGBTQ education & training). Read his bio. Post comments below or send an email. SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST POSTS, STORIES & PIX. 





I’m on the beta team for the TripAdvisor launch

13 11 2018

Follow me on the new TripAdvisor experience launched today at EdSalvatoI’ve been working with the TripAdvisor launch team of its new experience and I can finally share it with you! Follow me on TripAdvisor at @EdSalvato to see what I’ve added to my profile so far!

Planning a trip? Take me with you! I am now on TripAdvisor, sharing top travel advice, ideas and more.

Exciting news: You can now find all of my travel tips on TripAdvisor! Follow my profile to keep up with my adventures — and get inspired to start an adventure all your own.

The TripAdvisor launch is scheduled for today!

 





Mean Girls Day Is Coming Up. Wear Pink!

28 09 2018

Ed Salvato and boyfriend at Mean Girls on BroadwayIf you’re in New York, try to catch Mean Girls on Broadway. What a fun show with a lot of gay subtext and a gay character who is terrific. Remember “On Wednesday we wear pink.” Also remember that October 3 is Mean Girls Day. What, you ask? Recall “On October 3 he asked me what day it was.” Check out all the businesses in NYC celebrating the day.

We got to see it on Wednesday. You don’t see it in the photo but we were both wearing pink:) The audience seemed to include mostly gay men and high school and college age young women. And women their moms’ age.

Expect a story that reflects the movie but includes an amazing original score and a lead narrator character, Damian Hubbard, who’s gay and steals whatever scene he’s in.

Mean Girls is a musical with music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, a book by Tina Fey, based on the 2004 film of the same name written by Fey, which, in turn, was inspired by the book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.

The musical premiered at the National TheatreWashington, D.C., in October 2017 and opened on Broadway in April 2018 at the August Wilson Theatre.





Video: ManAboutWorld’s Travelin’ Tom Visits Kyoto, Japan

10 09 2018


Konnichiwa from Kyoto, Japan! For thousands of years, Kyoto was the cultural center and capital of Japan — and It shows. Kyoto boasts expansive temples and a deep sense of tradition. As Kyoto modernized, it never lost its sense of culture and history, making it a fascinating example of modern and ancient Japan living side by side.

Join Trav’lin Tom for a fun, fast-paced tour of temples, bamboo groves, food markets, and even Japanese karaoke.

Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent. He travels with his husband, Mike, all around the world and sends us these video updates. Click on his video and follow his KinosakeOnsen adventure. Follow Tom’s other video adventures here.

TOM’S ALSO A TALENTED PERFORMER

Tom is also a singer, songwriter, and filmmaker whose concerts and projects keep him constantly moving. When not traveling for work, Tom is usually traveling for fun. Check out his music at TomGossMusic.com and more Trav’lin Tom videos on YouTube.

Also connect with Tom on the following social media platforms:

Meet all of our Global Correspondents hereSubscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Ed, Billy and Kenny.

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The importance of LGBTQ sensitivity and sales training

11 06 2018

Ed Salvato speaking about LGBTQ hospitality training at Proud Experiences London May 2018

 

I didn’t get any photos of myself talking but my friends at Proud Experiences did, and they even quoted me! “You can’t provide personalized service to LGBTQ people if you don’t understand us.

For more information about the services we provide at HospitableMe please review the information on our website, highlighted below.

Strategy
Diverse travelers are shaping the future of travel in profound ways. LGBTQ travelers have been a highly profitable niche for many years — today they are even more important, as the way they are represented, welcomed and treated can brand a destination as modern, progressive and desirable to a much broader population of future customers.

As advocates for suppliers and consumers, our work starts with strategy to bridge where your business is today, to where it needs to be to welcome diverse travelers of all kinds in the future. With a keen understanding of the financial, political and community implications for tourism businesses, our recommendations are smart, creative, and actionable.

  • Identify LGBTQ challenges, opportunities and market potential for your business
  • Create consumer-facing marketing and communications plans
  • Create action plans for destinations and brands that can’t openly market to LGBTQ
  • Leverage marketing, communications and training efforts to transform local service culture and increase welcome for diverse travelers of all kinds.

Marketing
With LGBTQ travel related spending reaching US $211 billion annually, there’s great value in target marketing to segments of the community. And there’s even more value in leveraging LGBTQ marketing and communications to reach allies and younger travelers. Many of our clients have strategic goals that go beyond increasing visitation by LGBTQ travelers. We help create communications programs that share a broader message about diversity and inclusion to position destinations and brands as modern, progressive and welcoming. We develop content marketing that leverages LGBTQ voices to elevate and align discussion around new and lesser known products, services and attributes. And we deliver LGBTQ consumers through programs on our own media (ManAboutWorld), third-party platforms including facebook and LGBTQ media, and your own platforms.

Training
We empower customer-facing professionals to engage with LGBTQ customers in authentic, intuitive and personalized ways. Our destination, company, and role-specific training provides knowledge and tools that enable

  • Understanding of LGBTQ specific issues and mindsets
  • Comfortable and confident connections with LGBTQ guests
  • Delivery of personalized, anticipatory service to diverse guests of all kinds

Our consumer travel-focused background is a unique advantage in understanding how diversity issues play out in real-world scenarios and building practical, meaningful competency among staff.  Our onsite trainings are customized to your specific service paradigms and delivered to small groups of up to 25 employees per session. Friendly, interactive, and emotionally resonant, our sessions explore how ingrained notions of gender, sexual orientation and relationship status have shaped service paradigms, and how stripping away preconceptions and bias allows more engaged and authentic hospitality for all guests. By helping employees understand LGBTQ guests, they become more inclined to engage rather than retreat from interaction with them.








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