New Report Says 2011 Was Banner Year for Airline Customer Service

Author: , April 4th, 2012

Report on AirlinesWhile many people continue to complain about the decline of airline services, a new study has called 2011 the “best year ever,” in terms of airline service.

The independent company, Airline Quality Rating, has been studying date for 21 year and they found that in 2011 a passenger was less likely to be bumped, less likely to lose their luggage and more likely to arrive at their destinations on time.”

Also, passengers complained the least to the government this year. “Everything is heading in the right direction,” says Dean Headley of Wichita State University, who co-authored the report with Purdue University professor Brent Bowen.

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Community Marketing Releases 2011-2012 Gay & Lesbian Tourism Report

Author: , December 21st, 2011

Community Marketing 16th Annual Gay and Lesbian Tourism ReportKey findings from CMI’s 16th Annual LGBT Tourism Study have been compiled from responses from self-identified gay and lesbian consumers who read LGBT publications, visit LGBT websites, and attend LGBT events. With over 10,000 respondents, this study polled more qualified, community-representative respondents than any other LGBT tourism survey, and offers valuable insights about consumers who may be reached through LGBT-dedicated marketing initiatives.

In addition to the Tourism Study, CMI produces online surveys, focus groups, field studies and customer satisfaction evaluations for a wide variety of clients including CVBs, DMOs and tourism offices, tour operators, hospitality groups, real estate developers, etc. In the year 2011 alone, CMI collected and analyzed over 100,000 gay and lesbian survey responses.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the travel and tourism industry in the United States generated more than $1.3 trillion in economic output in 2010. Based on this data and CMI sample demographics, we estimate that the annual economic impact of LGBT travelers is over US$65 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

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Why Visit Ft. Lauderdale This Season?

Author: , December 12th, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Events Winter 2011This year’s winter line-up in sun-kissed Greater Fort Lauderdale offers fun-filled events and cultural activities. So pack your bikini, suntan lotion and flip flops and check out this season’s signature celebrations, parades as well as new international exhibitions. In addition, there’s 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, world-class arts and entertainment, exceptional shopping and dining options, and the following calendar listings you won’t want to miss:

1. The 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair are free two-day events held on January 7-8 (Part I) and on March 3-4 (Part II) attracting 150,000 visitors and 280 artists. The festival features vendors from across the country selling paintings, sculptures, photography, crafted jewelry, pottery and other creations and is held in downtown Fort Lauderdale along boutique and restaurant-lined Las Olas Boulevard. Visit

2. Want to be swept off your feet with a memorable Valentine’s Day this February 14? Why not try the ultimate trifecta – a romantic stroll along a sandy beach, followed by alfresco dining, then finish the night with tickets for you and your loved one to see Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, performing an encore Valentine’s concert again this year at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise for one night only. Other highlights on-tour this season at the Center include Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band, January 12 and comedian Jeff Dunham, February 11. Visit

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Purple Roofs December 2011 Gay Travel Newsletter

Author: , December 5th, 2011

Welcome to the Purple Roofs Newsletter for December, 2011 – our last newsletter of the year!

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this month – from featured articles on Springfield, Illinois; Wheeler, Oregon; Porto, Portugal; and San Francisco to other gay travel articles from around the world!

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Springfield, Illinois, Home of President Abraham Lincoln
by Don and Ray, Gay Travelers

Springfield is the Capital of the State of Illinois and also the resting place of our 16th President. It is located 100 miles North of St. Louis on Interstate 55. The Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library opened in downtown Springfield 6 years ago to huge crowds everyday. On weekends, tourists come from all over to visit and on weekdays, school children are bussed in so it is busy all the time. The Museum is in one building and the Library is directly across the street. We have visited several Presidential Museums and this is the finest one. While downtown, visit Lincoln’s Springfield home as well as the old State House. Springfield is full of history and among the many things to see are the Vachel Lindsay Home which is the 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist.

Wheeler: The Gem of the North Oregon Coast
by Raine, Old Wheeler Hotel

Situated in the protective shelter of Nehalem Bay, with the stunning backdrop of Neahkahnie Mountain, Wheeler is the gem of the North Oregon Coast. It has been referred to as ‘the town with the million dollar view’, and many would agree. The Natives called it ‘hole in the sky’ because it tends to have better weather than surrounding areas A prime location for outdoor enthusiasts, this area offers world class bay and river kayaking. Wildlife abounds; be it a herd of elk, majestic eagles, or statuesque herons.

Porto for Americans
by Yvonne, Gaia Apartment

Porto is a city in Portugal. Portugal is a country in Europe. Europe is a continent across the Atlantic Ocean from the USA. The Atlantic Ocean is a big wet thing you fall into if you go to Atlantic City and keep walking East. America has never been in a war with Portugal. Portugal doesn’t have any oil.
Porto is not pronounced “poor-dough”, it is pronounced “port-oh”, with a T sound in the middle, like the sound a clock makes when it’s ticking.

San Francisco Shopping for the Holidays
by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs

San Francisco is always a great place to visit, but it’s especially magical during the Holiday Season. While there’s no snow, the Christmas decorations come out, it seems like there’s music on every corner, and holiday cheer abounds. We decided to take a short holiday ourselves the week after Thanksgiving, to head down to The City to see what this holiday season had to offer. The weather was fantastic – high 60s and even up into the low seventies – record high for the date – on our last day, and the fog, after making a brief appearance on our first full day, never returned.

The Harvey Milk Tour with Cruisin’ the Castro
by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs

One of our favorite things to do when we visit The City is to take a walking tour. San Francisco has to be one of the most walkable of the major cities in the United States – hills notwithstanding – so why not soak up a little history while you walk? Trevor Haley initiated the Crusin’ the Castro tour many years ago, and a couple years back, she handed the reins over to Kathy Amandola, who now offers a general Castro walking tour most days of the week and a special Harvey Milk tour from 10 am-1 pm on Wednesdays.

Caffe Baonecci: Our Favorite Gay Friendly Italian Restaurant in San Francisco
by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs

We wanted to bring up one of our favorite SF eats again – Caffe Baonecci in the heart of North Beach. We’ve been here several times before, but it was the first time we had a regular meal here. More on that later. Caffe Baonecci is a cute little Italian ristorante on Green Street, just one block east of Columbus, on the bottom floor of a converted Victorian. Run by the Gambaccini family who bought the old Danilo Bakery about five years ago, this is a place where you can come to talk with real Italians and hear real Italian spoken – a rarity these days in North Beach.

More Gay Travel News

We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month:

Gay Travel Events The Next Two Months:

Check out our new events calendar, where we list gay events around the world – Here are the events for the next two months:

  • Australia, NSW, Byron Bay: 12/29/11-12/30/11, Queer Fruits Film Festival 2011.
  • Canada, QC, Montreat: 12/31/11-01/02/11, Le Bal des Boys 2011-12.
  • Italy, Campania, Naples: 12/15/11-12/19/11, OMOVIES – Festival Di Cinema Gay, Lesbica e Questioning Napoli 2011.
  • Italy, Emilia Romagna, Bologna: 12/03/11-12/05/11, Some Prefer Cake – Bologna Lesbian Film Festival 2011.
  • New Zealand, Golden Bay, Takaka: 12/21/11-01/03/12, Gay Summer Camp: Week-Long Event in New Zealand., Autumn Farm, 37 Central Takaka R.
  • Switzerland, Arosa: 01/08/12-01/15/12, Arosa Gay Ski Week 2012.
  • USA, AZ, Phoenix: 01/27/12-01/29/12, Desperado Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012.
  • USA, CA, Los Angeles: 12/31/11-01/01/12, Masterbeat New Years 2011-12, Mayan Theater.
  • USA, CO, Aspen: 01/15/12-01/22/12, Aspen Gay Ski Week 2012.
  • USA, IN, Bloomington: 01/11/12-01/29/12, Pride: Bloomington’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2012.
  • USA, MA, Provincetown: 12/02/11-12/04/11, Holly Folly Provincetown 2011.
  • USA, NY, New York: 12/08/11, Empire State Pride Agenda’s Holiday Party, Private Home, 7-9 PM.
  • USA, VT, Stowe: 01/18/12-01/22/12, Stowe Vermont Gay Ski Week 2012 – Winter Rendezvous 2012.

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TripOut Calls Rio 2011’s Hottest Gay Travel Destination

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gay TravelRio de Janeiro has been selected as the hottest gay destination in the world for the second time in a contest sponsored by and MTV.

With 48% of the votes, Rio beat out Madrid, Spain; Portland, Oregon; St. Tropez, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Stockholm, Sweden. The candidate cities were chosen by a group of writers and journalists specializing in global travel.

The beaches and nightclubs available in Rio were specifically noted as a result of this recognition. Here’s a list of some of Rio’s hottest beaches and gay nightclubs.

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Five Great Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve, 2011

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

FireworksNew Year’s Eve is celebrated all over the world with various different types of celebration, but one thing that is for certain is that wherever you go; there’s bound to be parties, smiles and usually fireworks. Here is our guide to the top 5 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve…

It goes without saying that London plays a genial and merry host for a New Year’s Eve party, with the River Thames itself serving as a spectacular venue for this special night. What could be better than celebrating the New Year as you pass through this historic City?

Many companies offer river cruises, giving you a prime location to enjoy the fireworks display by the London Eye, whilst enjoying food and drinks along the way. You’ll have to get down by the Thames early to get a good spot, however the fireworks are an amazing site to behold, and you’ll be able to see them from miles away.

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NewNowNext Calls Columbus, Ohio 2011’s Top Gay Destination

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

Columbus Ohio Gay TravelColumbus, Ohio has won the NewNowNext Travel Award for gay travel destination of the year. Ohio’s most populous city and home of The Ohio State University was voted the best travel destination from six alternatives by readers.

Columbus fended off Baku, Azerbaijan, Cartagena, Colombia, Floriandopolis, Brazil, Istanbul, Turkey and St. Petersburg, Russia to take home the coveted travel title.

In a Meet the Nominees item, NewNowNext editors described Columbus as a thriving metropolis.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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Liverpool’s Homotopia 2011 Begins November 1st

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Homotopia 2011Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off next week with the theme of ‘Cruising For Art’. The festival will showcase an “array of the queer, the extravagant, the bold, the unexpected and the daring” with theatre, dance, film, cabaret and discussions.

Visitors will be able to admire exhibitions including ‘Savage Style’, a collection of Lily Savage’s dresses, and ‘Pin Ups’, a selection of portraits by Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling.

Dance highlights include the premier of ‘Cruising, Clubbing, F**king’ and ‘The Male Species’, a dance trilogy.

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Want to Be a Part of Palm Springs Gay Pride?

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Palm Springs Gay PrideSan Francisco enjoyed Palm Springs sunny and warm weather over the weekend but there are already predictions that this winter will be unseasonably warm and even wetter than usual.

If you are a Palm Springs fan, you can be part of the city’s gay pride parade. On Monday, October 24, Palm Springs’ tourism board announced details about how you can participate in Palm Sprigs Pride parade on Sunday, November 6.

Palm Springs Pride is teaming up with the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, city officials and community leaders to gather in the spirit of pride and raise awareness of equal rights for all individuals.

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Atlanta Pride: A Welcoming Atmosphere

Author: , October 13th, 2011

Atlanta Gay PrideFormer Marines Jorge Perez-Cisneros and Jimmy Baynum, as they prepared to walk in Sunday’s parade at the 41st Atlanta Pride Festival with members of a color guard, said the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy had heightened the event’s importance.

“I believe more military people may come or participate in the parade because they won’t be afraid,” said Baynum, 42, of Atlanta.

Perez-Cisneros, a school teacher and Marine reservist, said while he’s marched in the parade in the past, this year’s resonated more. “This time it is different, because I feel differently about it,” said Perez-Cisneros, 45.

Full Story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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