KWBG Mission Statement: The mission of the Key West Business Guild is to promote LGBT travel to Key West through marketing and the promotion of specialty events; to support gay-owned, gay-managed, and gay-friendly businesses; to strengthen the Gay community’s position within the local community by supporting relevant LGBT issues.
The Key West Business Guild (KWBG or the Guild) is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting Key West to LGBTA travelers. We provide comprehensive information about Gay Key West and promote our member organizations to a national and international travel market. This work helps to attract about 250,000 LGBTA travelers here each year, earning Key West the well-deserved reputation as one of the most appealing gay-friendly destinations in the world.
Begun in 1978 to encourage summer tourism and support Key West’s gay community, the Guild was the nation’s first gay-oriented chamber of commerce. From a small original membership it has grown to include more than 400 enterprises representing virtually every facet of the island’s business community.
Today, the Key West Business Guild ranks among the nation’s leading gay business associations, and its marketing efforts, supported by the Florida Keys Tourism Development Council, incorporates a gay marketing specialist and an award-winning advertising campaign.
The Guild also operates the Gay Key West Visitor Center located at 513 Truman Avenue. Walk-in visitors can find a warm welcome and an informative introduction about the island, events, local businesses, and area attractions.
In addition, the Guild produces several annual signature events that support area businesses and attract visitors from around the world: Kamp Key West, Key West Pride, Tropical Heat, Key West Womenfest, Headdress Ball, and Hot Pink Holidays! LGBTA visitors have something special to enjoy year-round.
Want to become a part of the Key West Business Guild? Members. Volunteers. Committees. Corporate Partners. Contact us today and find out how. There’s always something happening at the Guild.