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Story by Joseph Alexiou
The good folks behind Damron Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides (their slogan: "The First Name and Last Word in Lesbian and Gay Travel") has teamed up with Certified Vacations Group to operate a new brand of LGBT travel operator, Damron Vacations.
This fantastic new resource for gay travelers offers "one stop travel research, planning, and purchase." A human being-operated call center (yes, it is possible!) was also established to help travelers with their choices. Because Damron has access to all of the insider information from some 40+ years of reporting on gay and lesbian vacation spots, planning your stays with Damron Vacations is an obvious move to make. The call center's number is 1-888-850-6585. Reservations can also be made online by visiting their website.
We were lucky enough to speak with Damron president Gina Gatta, who considers the partnership with Certified Vacations an "obvious choice" because of their innovation and experience in the industry.
Because Certified so excellently met the needs of what Damron needed in creating a travel operator, "Damron Vacations is more than just a booking engine," according to Gatta. "We're putting packages together for everyone. We'll always be able to help our travelers who need to get to the gay-friendly places in quaint small-town Kansas to New York City, but we're also putting together packages together for those who have done all of the gay stuff and are looking for something new."
Sounds kind of like "post-gay" travel to us!
Gatta agrees; "This is travel for those of us that want to experience something fresh and new, but still within our comfort zone when we need it to be."
Much expanded since its humble beginnings in 1964, Damron travel guides produces five titles annually: Damron Men's Travel Guide, Damron Women's Traveller, Damron Accommodations, Damron Amsterdam, and Damron City Guides, with listings for the best gay businesses in cities around the world.