Latest Trend for Gay Travelers is More Luxury and Less Clothes: The Fusion of Two Lucrative Growth Markets

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An increasing number of gay baby boomers are packing lighter these days, as the appeal of luxury travel and clothing-optional vacations has developed into a fast-growing niche market. For some, clothing-optional vacations are about getting closer to nature, while for others it is an opportunity to experience a renewed sense of freedom. As a pioneer in the gay travel industry, Source Events has expanded its 2009 clothing-optional offerings to include a premium luxury cruise in Costa Rica and a five-star, all inclusive resort vacation in Tulum, Mexico.

They have a unique way of crafting experiences that bring together friends, music and magical destinations.

An increasing number of gay baby boomers are packing lighter these days, as the appeal of luxury boutique travel and clothing-optional vacations has developed into a fast-growing niche market. For some, clothing-optional vacations are about getting closer to nature, while for others it is an opportunity to experience a renewed sense of freedom.

Nude travel has become a $440 million industry - more than double what it was ten years ago, according the American Association for Nude Recreation. The business has increasingly gone upscale, trading rustic nudist camps for luxury resorts and cruises.

"A large portion of our travel business is this fusion of the two growth markets: naturist travel and the luxury boutique experience," says Craig Smith, president of Source Events, the Miami-based gay adventure travel company. "We started with modest sailing ships, and now, in response to requests from our guests, we specialize in offering luxury accommodations with amenities such as spa facilities, gourmet dining, flat-screen televisions, i-pods and fine linens. Our upcoming trip to Tulum, Mexico even provides a personal butler for each villa."

As a pioneer in the gay travel industry, Source Events has expanded its 2009 clothing-optional offerings to include a premium luxury cruise in Costa Rica and a five-star, all inclusive resort vacation in Tulum, Mexico. The Full Moon Costa Rica Cruise aboard msy Wind Star sails February 7-14, 2009, and the All-Inclusive Resort Experience - "Luna Maya: A Full Moon in Mexico" is set for March 8-13, 2009. Both trips are sponsored by Gay Naturists International, the world's leading organization for gay naturists.

Year after year, Source Events' clothing-optional trips have sold out well in advance. "Source Events is the only adventure travel operator catering to the gay naturist community," says Zac Mikles, Media Editor of GayTravel.com. "They have a unique way of crafting experiences that bring together friends, music and magical destinations."

"It's great to invite people to dream," adds Craig. "We have sailed on tall ships to exquisite Caribbean islands, hiked through hidden rainforests, danced on the waves in South Africa and watched the sun set over the Pyramids from camelback. Source Events is about experiencing the transforming magic of connecting with the unexpected - and doing it in style."

For more information go to http://www.SourceEvents.com or call Source Events at 1-888-SOURCE-8 (1-888-768-7238) or 305-672-9779 to speak with one of their travel professionals.

Source Events, Inc.
700 NE 90th Street
Miami, FL 33138
Tel: 1-(888) 768-7238 or (305) 672-9779 / Fax: 305-672-9769
Email: craig @ sourceevents.com

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