The Advocate

Book review:
Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality, by Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato

The Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality (Harrington Park Press), coauthored by travel experts Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato, is a practical insider’s guide to the now booming global industry of LGBT-focused travel. If you’ve ever thought about starting your very own lesbian-friendly B&B (or any tourism or hospitality-related business geared at LGBT folks), then The Handbook is a must-read. Experts in the industry agree: Thomas Roth of Community Marketing & Insights, which has been surveying the LGBT market on their travel habits for decades, calls the guide “a well-organized manual for any reader, from the doe-eyed newbie to the long-time veteran, to help set and acheive realistic goals.”

Bob Witeck, founder and president of Witeck Communications, agrees. “Our human impulse to travel is grounded in curiosity, adventure, and romance – whether we’re gay or straight. What often sets LGBT travel apart are our lifelong needs for community, acceptance, and safety. Few writers are better than Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato to distill their expert knowledge across six continents into the best practices found in this one essential book.”

Reviewed by Desireé Guerrero