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Let Your Rainbow Flag Fly: The Top 50 Pride Celebrations Around The World

Pride has always been a time to celebrate identity and love, and after a long two years without in person events, LGBTQ+ celebrations are “back, back, back again” in both major destinations and charming towns around the world. Every year, Pride festivities attract millions of participants, showcasing the inclusiveness and diversity of their respective communities, and celebrating what it means to live with pride in 2022. This month also marks 53 years since the Stonewall Riots, which many consider to be the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement – and as the fight for equal rights continues, global events like Pride are more important than ever. 

Destinations around the world are set to show their pride as events kick off across multiple continents –  and many are eager to travel and take part. According to a new study conducted by GAY TIMES – which surveyed more than 15,000 LGBTQ+ people around the world on how the community approaches travel – nearly two-thirds of respondents have continued to embrace traveling abroad as restrictions eased throughout the pandemic. Over 60 percent of the community also seek out LGBTQ+ experiences, like Pride celebrations, while traveling.1

LGBTQ+ people face varying challenges and obstacles when traveling abroad. It’s often not enough to understand local laws on LGBTQ+ rights, but also the social perspective from citizens – which often varies from city to city in any given country. On the other hand, data from this GAY TIMES study shows that LGBTQ+ people often travel to embrace themselves and their identity – knowing this can sometimes be easier when away from home. After speaking with our audience on their own travel plans, we’re expecting a significant increase in LGBTQ+ travel around Pride this summer. Many Pride protests and celebrations have been cancelled since 2019 and queer travellers are ready to take part again.

Tag Warner, CEO, GAY TIMES

As these vibrant celebrations return, and to help make this year’s Pride celebrations especially unique, Airbnb is sharing the top 50 liveliest and trending global Prides that are coming back with a rainbow bang:

~tens of thousands

of nights booked for Pride weekends this summer2

+$76 million

collectively earned for Hosts over the top 50 Pride weekends in 2019

2019 vs. 2022

Pride is officially back to pre-2019 travel levels 3

Pride is a top 10 weekend for travel

June 24, 2022, the most common Pride weekend, is one of the most searched check-in dates… globally4

Krystal and I take pride in Hosting and welcoming people from all corners of the world and from every walk of life to our home. We not only get to welcome guests to our home, but also to our city — and that’s especially true during Pride. It’s incredible seeing the city come alive again and seeing people from around the world taking part in everything that makes Pride so fantastic.

Rojan & Krystal, Hosts – Toronto, Canada

The top 50 worldwide Pride celebrations  —  by total nights booked over respective Pride weekends:5

  1. London, UK (July 1-3, 2022)
  2. Paris, France (June 24-26, 2022)
  3. Rome, Italy (June 10-12, 2022)
  4. Los Angeles, USA (June 10-12, 2022)
  5. Lisbon, Portugal (June 17-19,  2022)
  6. Barcelona, Spain (June 24-26,  2022)
  7. Toronto, Canada (June 24-26, 2022)
  8. New York City, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
  9. Milan, Italy (July 1-3, 2022)
  10. Madrid, Spain (July 8-12, 2022)
  11. Vienna,  Austria (June 10-12, 2022)
  12. São Paulo, Brazil (June 17-19, 2022)
  13. Mexico City, Mexico (June 24-26, 2022)
  14. Marseille, France (July 1-3, 2022)
  15. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (May 20-22, 2022)
  16. Seattle, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
  17. Valencia, Spain (June 24-26, 2022)
  18. San Francisco, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
  19. Chicago, USA (June 24-26, 2022)
  20. Nashville, Tennessee (June 24-26, 2022)
  21. Denver, Colorado (June 24-26, 2022)
  22. Portland, USA (June 17-19, 2022)
  23. Edinburgh, UK (June 24-26, 2022)
  24. New Orleans, Louisiana (June 10-12, 2022)
  25. Montreal, Canada  (August 5-7,  2022)
  26. Berlin, Germany (July 22-24, 2022)
  27. Lyon, France (June 10-12, 2022)
  28. Vancouver, Canada (July 29-31, 2022)
  29. Tel Aviv, Israel (June 10-12, 2022)
  30. Budapest, Hungary (July 22-24, 2022)
  31. Dublin, Ireland (June 24-26, 2022)
  32. Prague Czech, Republic (August 12-14, 2022)
  33. Amsterdam, Netherlands (August 5-7, 2022)
  34. Bordeaux, France (June 24-26, 2022)
  35. Copenhagen, Denmark (August 19-21, 2022)
  36. Brighton, UK (August 5-7, 2022)
  37. Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 24-26, 2022)
  38. Cologne, Germany (July 1-3, 2022)
  39. Glasgow, UK (June 24-26, 2022)
  40. Bristol, UK (July 8-10, 2022)
  41. Ibiza Town, Spain (June 17-19, 2022) 
  42. Austin, USA (August 12-14, 2022)
  43. Provincetown, Massachusetts (June 3-5, 2022)
  44. Mykonos, Greece (August 19-21, 2022)
  45. Hamburg, Germany (August 5-7, 2022)
  46. Manchester, UK (August 26-28, 2022)
  47. Sitges, Spain (June 10-12, 2022)
  48. Liverpool, UK (July 29-31, 2022)
  49. Rotterdam, Netherlands (June 17-19, 2022)
  50. Wilton Manors, USA (June 17-19, 2022) 

Top 10 global Pride weekends — by collective Host earnings in 2019: 

  1. London, UK (over $9 million)
  2. New York City, USA (nearly $7 million)
  3. Paris, France (nearly $6 million)
  4. Los Angeles, USA (nearly $6 million)
  5. Rome, Italy (over $3.5 million)
  6. Barcelona, Spain (over $3 million)
  7. Montreal, Canada (nearly $3 million)
  8. Toronto, Canada (nearly $3 million)
  9. Amsterdam, Netherlands (nearly $2.5 million)
  10. Madrid, Spain (over $2 million)

Top 10 most hospitable Pride destinations — by % of 5-star guest reviews

  1. ​​Portland, Oregon (89%)
  2. San Francisco, California (86%)
  3. Bristol, England (85%)
  4. Seattle, Washington (85%)
  5. Austin, Texas (85%)
  6. São Paulo, Brazil (84%)
  7. Glasgow, Scotland (84%)
  8. Mykonos, South Aegean (84%)
  9. Edinburgh, Scotland (83%)
  10. Los Angeles, California (82%)

Top 10 trending Prides versus 2019 – by year over year nights booked growth:

  1. Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  3. São Paulo, Brazil
  4. Marseille, France
  5. Austin, USA
  6. Lyon, France
  7. Wilton Manors, USA
  8. Sitges, Spain
  9. Milan, Italy
  10. Bristol, UK
Praha, 16. 8. 2014, Prague Pride, sexualita, lesbička, lesba, homosexuál, homosexualita, pochod, gay, LGBT
Foto: HN – Lukáš Bíba
Praha, 16. 8. 2014, Prague Pride, sexualita, lesbička, lesba, homosexuál, homosexualita, pochod, gay, LGBT
Foto: HN – Lukáš Bíba

With Pride kicking off and summer arriving at long last, LGBTQ+ travelers can take advantage of a new way to search via Airbnb Categories, launched last month. Categories — like Lakefront, Cabins, Islands, OMG!, Luxe and Amazing Pools -– make it easier to discover millions of unique homes you never knew existed in places you may have never known to exist, helping to spread tourism outside of typical Pride destinations. 

Creating a world of acceptance

While travel is a clear priority for the LGBTQ+ community, challenges are still present. According to Gay Times, two-thirds of respondents of their survey said they are worried about their LGBTQ+ identity when traveling, and nearly 65 percent say they cannot find LGBTQ+ travel information easily when searching for a destination. More so, over 70 percent do not find LGBTQ+ destination information trustworthy online.6

Airbnb’s belief in connection and belonging extends to every facet of our community – including our non-discimination policy and our community commitment that all Hosts and guests must agree to before using the platform. 

Airbnb has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a top place to work for LGBTQ equality, and we’re committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable company where anyone can belong. We continue working hard to find ways to support our LGBTQ+ employees, including: 

  • As of 2020, our US and Canada-based employees have the option to identify their gender identity and sexual orientation as part of their demographic data. This will help us better represent, recognize and understand the identities of our employees, and we will continue to expand our definitions of diversity. 
  • Airbnb was among more than 40 major employers who joined HRC and Freedom for All Americans in calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular. 
  • We celebrated the US Supreme Court’s June 2020 ruling to protect LGBTQ+ workers, after signing the HRC-led friend-of-the-court brief in support of these cases in 2019. 
  • We signed on to an amicus brief led by the HRC in the Supreme Court case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, supporting the City of Philadelphia’s ability to enforce non-discrimination laws and ensure foster children have every option for a safe and loving home.

We are so proud and thankful for the hard work the AirPride and [email protected] employee resource  groups do to make Airbnb a great place to work for LGBTQ employees. AirPride’s mission is to celebrate the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation and empower Airbnb to be a positive force for both its own LGBTQ+ employees and the world. The mission of [email protected] is to support trans and gender non-conforming employees and advocate for improvements to Airbnb that will benefit the trans community.

  1. According to consumer survey conducted by Gay Times between December 2 –  21, 2021
  2. Total nights booked in Q1 2022 for Pride weekends this summer
  3. Total nights booked over Q1 2019 for Pride weekends are similar to 2022 levels
  4. June 24, 2022 is included in the top ten most searched for check-in dates in Q1 for stays starting from June 1, 2022
  5. This ranking is based on total nights booked over respective Pride weekends worldwide, looking at bookings made from Jan – May 2022. The specific purpose of each trip is not captured by our data
  6. According to consumer survey conducted by Gay Times between December 2 –  21, 2021

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