Thailand’s recent pledge to increase focus on LGBT travelers aligns with a unique partnership between TravelGay and Agoda
TravelGay, the comprehensive gay travel, entertainment, and lifestyle guide for Europe, USA, and Asia’s most popular gay destinations, today announced a partnership with Agoda, one of the world’s fastest-growing online booking platforms.
The announcement comes at a time when Thailand has recently pledged support for an increased focus on the LGBT traveler, as evidenced by the inaugural LGBT+ Travel Symposium, hosted in Bangkok by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
TravelGay and Agoda intend to work much more closely together to provide the best LGBT travel content to their users, who make up part of the 35 million LGBT travelers annually.
Darren Burn, Managing Director of TravelGay, said, “We’re hugely excited to be working more closely with Agoda as we grow and develop our business further. We have expanded our site rapidly since acquiring the business just a few months ago and intend to work together with our accommodation partners in the coming months and years to further assist the LGBT community on their travels. Together with our sister brand OutOfOffice.com, we are the largest LGBT travel business in the world. By working with a company as well-known as Agoda, we hope to further enhance our offering to the millions of visitors a year who visit our websites.”
The partnership will provide better access to the latest up-to-date information for the most safe, welcoming and LGBT-friendly places to stay, visit or hang out. “Central to everything we do at Agoda is the belief that we can help everyone to travel anywhere, so we are thrilled to partner with a company dedicated to ensuring that millions of LGBT travelers each year experience the same warm welcome and level of respect as all other travelers do. Together with TravelGay, we hope to improve the planning and journey for LGBT travelers in this region and beyond.” says Aaron Moy, Head of UX Research and Agoda Colors (Agoda’s LGBT employee-resource group).
The partnership is active from September 2018.
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TravelGay, recognized globally as the leader in LGBT travel, launched in Bangkok in 2011 as, “Travel Gay Thailand”. Quickly expanding outside of Thailand and outside of Asia, TravelGay currently attracts tens of millions of views each year and is the most visited gay travel website in the world.
Agoda is one of the world’s fastest growing online travel booking platforms. From its beginnings as an e-commerce start-up based in Singapore in 2005, Agoda has grown to offer a global network of 1.8 million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, offering travelers easy access to a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels, apartments, homes and villas to suit all budgets and travel occasions.
Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings (Nasdaq: BKNG) and employs more than 3,700 staff across 53 cities in more than 30 countries. Agoda.com and the Agoda mobile app are available in 38 languages.
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