13 November 2017
KEY WEST, Fla. — The Key West Business Guild, acclaimed as one of America’s leading gay business associations and among the oldest in the nation, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. The Guild and its visitor center are located at 808 Duval St.
 
The location is within Key West’s “Pink Triangle,” which includes a cluster of LGBTQ bars, entertainment clubs and stores around the 700 and 800 blocks of the iconic Duval. The area also is home to four permanent rainbow crosswalks that the city installed in May 2015.
 
The guild opened its doors in 1978 to support the LGBTQ community and promote tourism to the all-welcoming subtropical island of Key West. Today the organization and its visitor center provide important services to the destination’s LGBTQ visitors and their allies.
 
The island welcomes an estimated more than 300,000 LGBTQ visitors each year.
 
“We estimate 20 percent or more of Key West’s annual visitors self-identify as LGBTQ, and we are proud to assist thousands of travelers each year,” said the guild’s executive director, Dan Skahen.
 
Services provided by staff members at the visitor center include recommendations for accommodations, dining, entertainment and attractions. The center also offers a wide selection of brochures, an LGBTQ map of the island and information about special offers and ways to maximize the Key West vacation experience.
 
The guild office and center are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for walk-ins. Visitors also can call the guild for assistance at 305-294-4603 or e-mail office@gaykeywestfl.com.
 
 
Key West Business Guild information: gaykeywestfl.com, 305-294-4603 or 1-800-535-7797
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/gay, fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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