Gogobot Unveils Its 2016 LGBT Rising Stars Destinations

Atlanta and Prince’s hometown, Minneapolis, Top the Cities on the Rise, While Amsterdam and Berlin Are Named “Declining Destinations Worth a Second Look”

Gogobot – the award-winning, tribe based travel-planning app and website – is announcing its 2016 LGBT Rising Stars Destinations, where LGBT travel is growing, as well as its 2016 LGBT Declining Destinations Worth a Second Look list.

Gogobot’s LGBT Rising Stars Destinations list for 2016 are all cities increasing in popularity amongst LGBT travelers, according to data from Gogobot’s more than 10 million travelers:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Boston
  4. Austin
  5. Dallas
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Toronto
  9. Dubai
    *Please note Dubai would have been listed as No. 9 on Gogobot's 2016 LGBT Rising Stars Destinations list. Gogobot removed it from the list since homosexuality is illegal in Dubai.
  10. Tampa

“It’s not at all surprising to see Atlanta at the top of this year’s list given that vibrant LGBT hot spots like Einstein’s and My Sister’s Room can be found throughout the city, and not confined to a single neighborhood. Similarly, Minneapolis, has long been known as a forward-thinking city and home to progressive artists like Prince,” notes Krista Canfield, Gogobot’s Getaway Expert. “We were, however, surprised to see our data showing an increase in LGBT travel to Dubai this year. LGBT travelers, like many travelers, clearly want to see and experience the world in places where traditions and cultures are different from their own. Yet while our data clearly shows that the LGBT community is increasingly interested in visiting Dubai, we decided to remove Dubai from our list because homosexuality is still illegal in Dubai. As a company, we can’t in good conscience recommend Dubai as a great destination for LGBT travelers, since the punishment for homosexuality in Dubai can include prison, fines, deportation and even the death penalty.”      

Harold Smith-Franzen, a member of Gogobot’s LGBT Tribe who has traveled to 117 countries and all of the cities on both of this year’s lists, says Dubai is popular with LGBT travelers despite the legal situation there, “because it is a vibrant city that offers an experience you won't find anywhere else in the Middle East. It has a perfect mix of modernity, wealth, sophistication and garishness, yet it’s still tethered by more conservative traditions.”

Gogobot’s 2016 Declining LGBT Destinations Worth a Second Look may be experiencing a drop in tourism for reasons ranging from LGBT travelers simply being less enamored with them to economic or global concerns:

  1. Greater Tokyo
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Barcelona
  4. Berlin
  5. Bangkok
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Paris and Surrounds
  8. Oahu
  9. Orlando & Walt Disney World
  10. Seattle and Surrounds


For more info on why each place made Gogobot’s lists and ideas on where to stay, eat and play in each destination, head to this link.

Gogobot takes a number of different factors into account when selecting its winners including reviewing data across the more than 60,000 destinations in its database. Both lists are based on the number of reviews from distinct travelers visiting the destination, the number of people creating trips on Gogobot for these destinations and real travelers recommending these spots to the LGBT Tribe on Gogobot in 2015.

More than 10 million used Gogobot to plan and research places to go and discover great places to stay, eat and play in the past year. Members have posted more than one million reviews and shared more than five million photos and postcards on Gogobot’s free website and apps.

Having marked its fifth anniversary in 2015, Gogobot also celebrated a banner year with several awards and accolades. Gogobot was named an Editors’ Choice app by Google Play in 2016 and a Top Developer by Google Play in 2015. PC Magazine deemed Gogobot one of the, “Best Travel Apps of 2015.” In 2015, Gogobot was also called one of Mashable’s, “Five Can’t Miss Apps,” one of USA Today’s, “Best Apps to Survive Life After College,” and one of the Travel Channel’s, “Top Ten Apps to Download.”

About Gogobot
Gogobot’s mission is to help people discover great places to stay, eat and play that are perfect for them. Nineteen tribes (Family Travelers, Foodies, Luxury, Wellness and LGBT, among others) provide Gogobot members with personalized recommendations. More than 10 million people used Gogobot to plan and research places to go in the last year. Gogobot also has more than one million reviews, five million photos and postcards as well as 60,000 city guides available on both the site and its apps (Android, Apple Watch and iPhone).


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