New Brighton-based travel agency Be Out Be Free is hoping to grow its business by selling the most LGBT+-friendly hotels around the world.
“Were not looking for the red carpet treatment, its about receiving the same experience as everybody else”
Founder Marc Silver (pictured), who has 13 years experience in the travel industry, set up the agency five months ago with the aim of filling a “gap in the market” for the LGBT+ community. The agency currently specialises in tailor-made holidays, honeymoons and luxury villas.
“Being LGBTQ+ myself, Ive had a lot of experiences travelling over the past six years and wanted to use that knowledge and experience,” he told TTG.
“There is a lack of choice and availability in finding LGBTQ+-friendly hotels in destinations like Brazil, China, Hong Kong and Japan.”
Silver said Be Out Be Free is working with LGBT+-friendly hotels and suppliers so clients “feel safe and wanted” when they go on holiday, with the type of welcome they receive at hotel receptions a key factor.
“Were not looking for the red carpet [treatment], its about receiving the same experience as everybody else,” he added.
Silver already has growth plans for Be Out Be Free, which is a member of The Travel Network Group (TTNG).
“At the moment, were very small but we want to grow,” added Silver. “We are getting out there and promoting ourselves. Were going to Pride in London and will have a massive presence at Brighton Pride in August. We really want to be a point of choice for the LGBTQ+ community.”
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