KOG, an LGBT tourism marketing agency, is run by Gordon Smith and Krystin Arneson. Their projects connect global tourism brands with the LGBT community.
KOG co-founders Krystin Arneson and Gordon Smith are young enough to be in touch with millennials — but old enough to remember the heady days of dial-up internet. Now, they're on a mission to connect the world’s most dynamic travel destinations and organisations with the rapidly growing LGBTQ+ tourism community.
Krystin Arneson | BERLIN
Born and raised in the American Midwest, Krystin traded in the U.S. for the buzz of the German capital. A dedicated ally to the LGBTQ+ community, she’s passionate about redefining the tourism industry across the globe.
Her gifted ability to pen sparkling copy has piqued the interest of top publications in London and New York, and as Glamour’s weekend editor, she’s crafted trending stories and social media content read by hundreds of thousands around the world.
KOG's go-to wordsmith, Krystin is aided by her MSc. in Cultural Studies, her Scottish creative-partner-in-crime, and the odd Porto tonic.
Gordon Smith | GLASGOW
Hailing from the windswept northeast coast of Scotland and now heading up KOG’s Glasgow operation, Gordon is the chips to Krystin’s freedom fries.
At 23 he was one of BBC News’ youngest-ever network television producers, covering the biggest domestic and international stories of recent years. Conscious journalism is only one side of the media machine, he later managed major multinational clients including Qatar Airways, Silversea, and Finnair as account director at one of London’s top travel PR consultancies.
When he’s not hard at work with KOG, Gordon can be found daiquiri in hand, plotting his next trip with the help of his American accomplice—usually to a place the rest of the world hasn’t heard of yet.