The LGBT community is incredibly web savvy, booking over $8 billion in online travel reservations last year. Yet there has been a dearth of information available to help gay and lesbian travelers decide where to go and what to do in a place where they can feel comfortable
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2008
GayCities (http://www.gaycities.com), the most user-friendly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) travel and city guide on the web, today unveiled its new website, adding a host of new features to better connect and inform its rapidly growing community. GayCities has integrated photos, ratings, and forums with rich editorial content and user-generated reviews to enable users to share invaluable insider information on where to go, eat, and stay in more than 65 cities throughout North America.
Underscoring the need for diverse, in-depth travel recommendations, GayCities has seen over 110,000 unique visitors, an increase of 42%, while the number of pageviews has risen by 62% in less than six months. The enhanced feature set now offers more ways for these users to connect, building an even larger community as members invite friends, share photos, rate destinations, and discuss travel experiences.
"The LGBT community is incredibly web savvy, booking over $8 billion in online travel reservations last year. Yet there has been a dearth of information available to help gay and lesbian travelers decide where to go and what to do in a place where they can feel comfortable," said founder and chief executive Scott Gatz. "We're now building upon the best aspects of GayCities and taking it a step further to create the definitive gay travel community on the web, eliminating guesswork and opening new avenues for communication."
In addition to highlighting comprehensive user reviews and profiles, editorial coverage, and aggregated content, GayCities' new features include:
- "Become a Fan": In one click users can become a fan of a destination, specific bar, restaurant, hotel, or another user. The fans feature enables users to quickly and easily express themselves while allowing others to see at a glance the type of people who like a particular place. As users contribute to the site, fans can follow their updates.
- Photos: Users can upload photos to any bar, hotel, or restaurant. Additionally, GayCities now pulls in photos from partnerships with local websites and from flickr to enable travelers see exactly what they can expect when visiting.
- Forums: This feature offers users another means for asking and answering travel questions. Forums also provide a place for lively discussion.
- Updated Design: The new look and feel of the site is designed to emphasize the community-building and communications aspects of the site.
- Expanded City Focus: GayCities continues to add exciting destinations to the guide, most recently expanding into Mexico and Puerto Rico.
- Enhanced Listing Program: Local businesses now have opportunities to stand out in GayCities listings, providing additional avenues for promotion. For more information on the enhanced listing program, go to http://www.gaycities.com/owners
Additionally, users can access the GayCities community through the popular iPhone version of the site for last minute, on-the-go information. Features and information also easily integrate with users' facebook pages or blogs, further extending the GayCities network. For more information, please visit http://www.gaycities.com.
GayCities is developing the most comprehensive, user-friendly online travel guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Designed to bring useful, up-to-date information on gay bars, clubs, hotels, and restaurants to the masses, GayCities is community-driven so that users can find out what travelers really think about a destination. GayCities currently provides in-depth reviews and information on destinations in more than 65 cities in North America. For more information, please visit http://www.gaycities.com.