Dec 11, 2020 | Life | 0 comments

Iowa City Iowa, December 1, 2020 – Think Iowa City, the convention & visitors bureau, has received the designation “Gay Travel Approved” by through an inclusive review and accreditation process.

“Iowa City has a long LGBTQ history and has always been lauded as progressive and ahead of the curve. But we didn’t want to rest on our laurels,” said Nick Pfeiffer, Vice President of Marketing & Communications of Think Iowa City, “That’s why we sought after this designation with”

Think Iowa City is a pioneer among hidden LGBTQ cities. While many travelers are currently curtailed from making International travel plans, gay-friendly, domestic destinations with plenty of open space have much to offer gay travelers, especially for those with a pent-up desire to travel. A recent Harris Poll indicates that LGBTQ travelers will be among the first to return to travel.

“Iowa City’s Pride Festival is one of the longest-running pride events in the world — just having celebrated its 50th-anniversary last year. Iowa’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld the legalization of same-sex marriage, making it the third in the nation behind Massachusetts and Connecticut. Iowa City was one of 88 out of 500 cities to receive a perfect score from HRC. These are just a few reasons why, at, we are proud to show our travelers why it’s time to think outside the box when considering gay-welcoming destinations. Iowa City is an inclusive place that is safer and closer than many more well-known gay-friendly cities,” said Steve Rohrlick, Chief Visionary Officer of

“When the time is right to travel again, Iowa City and Coralville have a lot of desirable qualities for all demographics. So we want to be on people’s radar,” added Pfeiffer. “This designation validates hard work by hundreds, if not thousands, of people for decades. Iowa City will be ready to welcome travelers with open arms.”

About Think Iowa City:

Think Iowa City is the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is the Iowa City area’s official destination management organization. Its goal is to attract more visitors, meetings, groups, and events to the area through destination marketing, outreach, and facilitation. The mission of Think Iowa City is to advance the economic vitality and quality of life for residents and visitors as Iowa’s premier destination.


For over 20 years, the GayTravel team has scoured the globe seeking gay-friendly, welcoming, and inclusive destinations to bring Gay Travelers meticulously-curated recommendations representing our LGBTQ+ travelers’ rarified taste, Editors, Experts, and GayTravel Gurus. GayTravel prides itself on working with travel partners worldwide who have shown themselves to be gay-friendly and welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community and who continuously improve their amenities and service levels for all travelers. For more information, visit or call 1-800-GAY-TRAVEL.




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