I booked a gay cruise (Atlantis) last week and knew I made the right decision after hearing you on the podcast. You were so good on Dennis’ show, so upbeat and positive, and such and good storyteller.
Thanks for allowing us a chance to promote our healthy travel resources. Your panel at the Travel & Adventure Show was a blast and very informative, a rare and delightful combination.
— Kelly Winter, MPH, Health Scientist, Travelers’ Health Branch, Communication and Education Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Ed is a great friend of Consular Affairs (U.S. State Department) —we share an interest in keeping all travelers safe—and he is also a lively and engaging presenter. He did a great presentation for us inOverseas Citizens Services last week which someone pronounced the best presentation she’d ever seen in a government building. He’d be a great addition to any course.
—Karen L. Christensen
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services
Thanks so much for coming to talk to us today! Informative and entertaining! We don’t get too much of that in the government.
— Kaitlin Turck
Global Digital Engagement Advisor
Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs | Bureau of Consular Affairs
Everyone is still talking about the luncheon and how the delightful and informative presentation you gave to our membership. [A week after delivering the keynote at the annual GSBA Business Luncheon.]
— Louise Chernin, GSBA President and Chief Executive Officer
You, sir, are a prince. Thanks so much for coming out west, taking charge of all the cooks in the kitchen, bringing our collective wisdom up a notch, charming the mayor into a selfie and being a lot of fun to hang with. I really enjoyed spending time with you. [At the annual GSBA Business Luncheon.]
— David Blandford, VP Communications, Visit Seattle
I would love to send you a great big thank you card … Nice job Ed. You rocked it. [At the annual GSBA Business Luncheon.]
— Scott Walden, Events & Community Outreach Manager
Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
I will send you a more formal “thank you” letter in a week or so but I wanted you to know your presentation was the highlight of our event this year [at the 21st International Tourism Safety Conference in Las Vegas, March 31-April 4, 2014]! THANK YOU!
— Ray Suppe, President of the International Tourism Safety Association and Director of Security for LVCVA
That you were able to juggle the creation of the Snapshot (Atlantic City Alliance’s annual report) on time and with outstanding results is truly amazing. I already have received numerous compliments on its quality and overall professionalism.
— Elizabeth B. Cartmell, President Atlantic City Alliance
We appreciate your support, Ed, and working with you is always good. Best right back to you,
— Meryl Levitz, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation
I have gotten three emails already from participants that were blown away by your presentation. I can’t wait to hire you again for even more help. You certainly gave us plenty to work with in the short term!
— Megan Smith, Vermont Commissioner of Tourism
I just wanted to personally thank you for today’s presentation – informative, relevant and thought provoking with a wealth of vital data for us all to reflect and act upon. I, for one, learned so much this morning and am looking forward to working closely with Megan and the travel and tourism community in Vermont to take advantage of your valuable insights and ideas we market the Vermont brand.
— Kathleen A. Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, State of Vermont.
You’re the man. There’s a reason you’re the go-to guy on gay tourism. I sincerely hope I can put you as a “for sure” speaker for NY Trav Fest. Thanks again for being part of our little Destination Accelerator
— Roni Weiss, founder, Destination Accelerator
Now that the Summit is over I just want to say a big thank you for the workshop you presented at the Summit [the first-ever session on LGBT tourism marketing at the Discover New England Summit in March 2012] – it was so good of you to take the time and the trouble to do this and I know the delegates who attended all found the subject matter to be interesting and useful – and I am sure they know a lot more about the LGBT market in New England now! I heard a lot of good things regarding your presentation and you are so enthusiastic and engaged – it was a pleasure working with you!
— Sue Norrington-Davies, Managing Director, Discover New England
Great presentation [the first-ever session on LGBT tourism marketing at the Discover New England Summit in March 2012]. Thank you…many people commented on how valuable it was.
— Laurel Williams, Marketing Director, Discover New England
Ed Salvato has, as stated on his website, “spent the last 14 years in the world of LGBT travel and tourism on just every angle you can imagine: editorial, marketing, communications, product development, sponsorships, events and more.” The man juggles multiple gay travel balls better than anyone I know (insert joke here). He was one of the first editors that ever published my work and he’s one of the best, most professional communicators I’ve encountered in this crazy business.
— Ivan Quintanilla, editor TravelingIQ (travel blog), bestowing the “Awesome Blog Award”
Awesome job on the webinar (that I created and conducted on targeting LGBT group and leisure business). Great information! I think you really hit it out of the ballpark and I expect you to get some follow up questions. As promised I will share any feedback with you! Thanks again for sharing your expertise.
— Jennifer Reeves, Director Sales and Servicing, Serendipity Publishing, www.SerendipityPublishing.com
You have been amazingly supportive, flexible and reliable since our very first conversation. As one of the undisputed thought leaders in LGBT travel, your response and enthusiasm was one of the most important litmus tests by which I measured the viability of our concept and vision. I think we’ve built the infrastructure for a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship. I’m very excited to see what we can achieve.
— Brian Goldthorpe, Chief of Communications & Founding Partner, www.OffTo.com
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your knowledge and comments on the Derek and Romaine show. I am a straight female (married, 2 kids), but love outQ radio. I love to travel and enjoy your wealth of knowledge on so many destinations. When you are on their show, my commute is so much better! Looking forward to your next visit on OutQ!
— Shannon, Gilroy, CA
Ed, always enjoy hearing you; you give out great info and you’re so good with the callers.
— C. Cooper, Atlanta GA (via Twitter)
Thank you again for EVERYTHING you did for PIFA. You and your army of bloggers made a big impact on how the Festival was received by a population that we desperately wanted to reach. Plus – you were a pleasure to work with!
— Dawn Frisby-Byers, Marketing Director, PIFA (the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts)
I just wanted to tell you formally how grateful I am for all of the help you provided for this extraordinary project. It was a total delight working with you, and I hope (fervently!) that we have many more opportunities ahead to partner on any number of projects.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment, for your attention to detail and the ability to turn on a dime, for the extraordinary work you did in assembling and then directing our blogger army and your ability to then give them marching orders that they not only followed but jumped forward to put PIFA in the social media and blogosphere spotlight so many times. Clearly, the proof was in the pudding on Saturday. There is not a doubt that our bloggers had an overwhelming impact on the composition of that crowd — our mommy bloggers for sure; and the others as well. I am getting, literally from everyone, the feedback that our Street Fair audience was the nicest audience EVER at a Broad Street event, which is more valuable than you can ever imagine, and that was a direct result of the social media campaign.
At the end of the day, we couldn’t have done this — and accomplished what we did — without you. I’m ecstatic with the results, as is Ed Cambron, and Sarah, and I don’t think I can ever find the words to fully express my gratitude.
Thank you so much for all you did. I am indebted to you for being such an amazing partner and bringing us not only the results we hoped for, but so much more. With gratitude, ultimate respect and lots of love,
— Nina Zucker, President, Nina Zucker Associates
So glad all the blogger photo shoot in Philadelphia worked out — really brilliantly in fact. Thanks SO much for getting the bloggers together for us and for ALL of your efforts for this. Can’t tell you how grateful I am and how blessed we all are to have you with us on this project!
— Nina Zucker, President, Nina Zucker Associates
Since you were so generous with promoting my Big Gay Train on EdSalvato.com, I just wanted to let you know we are sold out! And that’s two weeks prior to the event. The rails of Napa Valley may never be the same! Again, Thanks & Cheers!
— Gary Saperstein, Principal/Partner, Out In The Vineyard
I want to thank and Jeff Guaracino again for the time and energy you have put in to assisting us in moving forward with our efforts to develop a strategy for engaging the gay and lesbian tourism market. Your presentation on Friday and additional information on Saturday clearly showed you had done your research and had an appreciation for our destination and some of the challenges we face. Everyone was very impressed with your preparation and knowledge.
Marketing to gay and lesbian travelers is different than marketing to other markets. Gay and Lesbian Tourism – The Essential Guide for Marketing has provided us with a blueprint for developing our marketing initiative. Prince Edward island has never presented itself to the gay and lesbian market and as we move forward with developing our strategies, this book is playing an important role in our planning.
— Bill Kendrick
Prince Edward Island Gay Tourism Association
On behalf of the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI), I want to thank you for your presentation at our Annual Meeting last week. The session was very well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take away a lot to think about. We certainly appreciate you coming to speak on the topic especially on the holiday weekend. We got great media coverage on your presentation. I hope you enjoyed your short visit to Prince Edward Island and come back again soon.
— Kathy Livingstone, Tourism Industry of Prince Edward Island
It was indeed great to see you at the Community Marketing 11th Annual International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Tourism in Vegas. And I was so happy to see you involved in the conference on both the panels and your individual presentation, what a treat that was. You’re a true expert in your field and you provided valuable and realistic information. I appreciated it; I hope everyone else did too.
— Scott Furman, Director Western Accounts, Here Media, San Francisco, CA
You are the best! You really do know everybody!
— Jennifer DiBlasi, RR Partners, Las Vegas, NV
Ed, love you on Derek and Romaine!
— P. Stanton via e-mail
It’s been so delightful to meet you, as well as a real pleasure to work with such a pro. I appreciate all the time you devoted to doing your recurring segments on the Derek and Romaine Show, and what you brought to the table. I hope our paths will cdross again, ed, you’re a real gem
— Samara Lenga, Producer, Sirius XM Satellite Radio