How We Created This Guide
We used information provided by the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) to identify hundreds of Pride festivals around the world. We researched the following five categories for each of the locations: the ease of travelling to the destination, the Pride festival’s year-on-year growth rate, the city’s LGBTQ+ nightlife, the LGBTQ+ friendliness of local laws, and the affordability of local accommodation. The final shortlist of 50 comprises the cities that perform strongly in all five categories. Additional cities were eligible for inclusion but were excluded from the final shortlist as their Pride festivals took place before the release of this guide (May 25, 2019).
After collecting the raw data, we assigned each data point a numerical value between 0 and 10, with 0 representing the lowest data point in the range and 10 representing the highest data point. This process was carried out for each of the 5 categories, making 50 the maximum possible score. We used the equation below in order to assign representative scores between 0 and 10 to the raw data:
Score(i) = 10 ( ( (x(i) - x(min) ) / ( (x(max) - x(min) ) )
How Each Category Was Researched
Travel Connections Score: We examined the number of scheduled direct non-stop destinations from the nearest international airport to each Pride festival, using flightsfrom.com as a data source. *Cities lacking a dedicated airport (Benidorm, Brighton, and Sitges) were given the same score as the nearest city with an airport (Alicante, London, and Barcelona). For Torremolinos, we looked at the number of destinations from nearby Malaga airport. The city with the international airport offering the highest number of scheduled direct non-stop destinations was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.
Trending Score: We used HomeToGo’s own metasearch data to compare searches for accommodation for 2019's Pride festivals vs. searches for accommodation for 2018's Pride festivals. Using this data, we were able to understand the year-on-year growth rate of each Pride festival. The city with the largest year-on-year increase in searches was awarded the maximum trending score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.
LGBTQ+ Nightlife Score: We used online mapping tools to identify LGBTQ+ friendly bars and nightclubs in each of the cities. The city with the most LGBTQ+ friendly bars and clubs was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.
LGBTQ+ Friendliness Score: We used data provided by DestinationPride.org to evaluate the laws in each of the cities in our ranking. DestinationPride.org evaluates Marriage Equality, Sexual Activity Laws, Gender Identity Protections, Anti-Discrimination Laws, Civil Rights and Liberties, and Social Media Sentiment around the world. The city with the most progressive laws was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.
Accommodation Score: We used HomeToGo’s own metasearch data to find the cost of accommodation in each of the 50 cities on the Friday and Saturday night of the weekend of the respective Pride parade. The city with the cheapest accommodation prices was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded a representative score based on the equation above.