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Wednesday,  July 17, 2024 10:18 AM 

VACAYA is the newest LGBT+ vacation company

VACAYA is the newest LGBT+ vacation company
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch:

A new LGBT+ vacation company has entered the market.

Founded by a team of award-winning executives with nearly 100 years of combined experience in entertainment, hospitality, and travel, VACAYA works with travel agents around the globe and partners with major cruise operators to create custom, comfortable trips where all are welcome.

"VACAYA is an all-new player in the full-ship/resort LGBT+ travel landscape, providing travel agents with a true partnership – one built on clear, timely communication, infinite respect, and robust standard commissions and bonus rewards," Patrick Gunn, co-founder, VACAYA, told PAX. "With VACAYA’s state-of-the-art online Reservations Management System, earning commission has never been easier. Bookings through our agent-only portal take less than five minutes from start to finish and can literally be made from anywhere in the world around the clock. And, of course, The Vacayans are standing by to offer any help in selling VACAYA."

How is VACAYA different?

VACAYA offers an abundance of cruise and resort options for LGBT+ travellers, and as their website states:

"No matter where you fall on the LGBT+ spectrum, and no matter whether you’re single, coupled, black, white, skinny, thick, or even straight, you’ll easily find a welcoming tribe within the VACAYA universe."

VACAYA will be the first large-scale full-ship/full-resort LGBT+ vacation company to:

  • Offer a full-resort takeover from The Leading Hotels of the World's UNICO Riviera Maya
  • Offer included perks like spa treatments, excursions, and more at UNICO.
  • Sail the largest ship in history into Provincetown Carnival
  • Sail on Celebrity Summit following her multi-million-dollar refresh
  • Offer guests opportunities to give back to the communities they visit
  • Offer online booking 24/7/365.

"VACAYA expects Canada to be the largest market outside the U.S. due to its proximity to many of the embarkation cities for cruises and the resort locations," Gunn explained. "Other strong markets will be the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, and Australia."

In fact, the very first port of call in VACAYA's history will actually be a Canadian stop in Saint John, New Brunswick on board the company's PTOWN CRUISE.

While VACAYA will oftentimes package pre- and post-cruise hotels with their cruises, air add-ons will be less common. As Gunn points out, "the fact that VACAYA doesn’t focus in this area offers savvy travel agents an opportunity to present their guests with an overall travel solution that includes air, transfers, etc. that cater to their clients’ individual needs."

To celebrate its debut, VACAYA is offering Early Booking and Student Pricing, and a Best Rate Guarantee! Get access now!

Need more information? Head over to VACAYA's website for all of the details.