Travel Group Names Palm Springs Best Gay Travel Destination in the West

Author: , April 17th, 2013

Palm SpringsGreater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been honored with a TravelAge West 2013 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best of the West: Best Western Destination for Gay Travel as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards..

Now in its eighth year, the goal of TravelAge West’s WAVE Awards is to give travel agents in the Western U.S. the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners.

The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

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Edge Media Names Scandinavian Airlines the Favorite Gay Friendly Airline

Author: , April 21st, 2012

Scandinavian Airlines Awarded for Gay FriendlinessScandinavian Airlines was named Favorite airline at the EDGE Awards after 70,000 online votes had been cast. The annual competition features a number of categories within travel, lifestyle and entertainment, and is organized by one of the leading LGBT media houses in the US, Edge Media.

SAS edged out other LGBT-friendly airlines such as Air New Zealand, American Airlines, JetBlue, LAN Airlines and Virgin America/Virgin Atlantic to win the coveted title as Favorite airline. In 2010, SAS launched what became one of that year’s most successful global media campaigns, Love is in the air, which concluded with the world’s first gay and lesbian weddings in the air on a flight between Stockholm and New York. Late last year, SAS created a gay video version of its popular SAS Crew Guide concept featuring Anton Hysen, the young Swedish footballer player who came out last year and currently the favorite to win “Dancing with the Stars” in Sweden.

“This is a major honor for SAS. In less than two years we have gone from being more or less invisible in the global LGBT travel market, an extremely loyal customer group with high spending on travel, to now be perceived as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly airlines.

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Gay Israeli Tour Operator to Receive IGLTA Award

Author: , April 14th, 2012

Russell LordRussell Lord went on a summer trip in 1981 from his native New York to Europe and Israel–and never went back. He found a new life and new career–along with a life partner–and has grown into an award-winner as a marketing and tourism consultant for Kenes Tours, based in Tel Aviv, where he now lives.

“My career in tourism has given me the opportunity to meet great people, make wonderful friends, and to promote a country that I love, that I’ve made my home, and that has accepted me as one of them,” Russell said. “It’s been a great road and I hope for it to continue for a long time to come.”

Russell, 54, has been with his partner, Avi Ozeri, since 1982 and the two were married in 2005. He has worked in the tourism industry since 1983. “In 1983-1984 I decided to put my B.A. in accounting in the drawer and make a career out of something I love,” Russell said. “I enrolled in the Israeli ministry of tourism’s two-year course of study and started my career in incoming tourism. I learned the sites of the country. Although Israel is about the size of New Jersey, there is a lot to see, and I started putting programs together.

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Latin American Airline Nominated for Best Gay friendly Airline by LOGO

Author: , September 29th, 2010

MTV’s LOGO has nominated LAN Airlines for the coveted “Best Airline” award in their second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN Airlines is the only non-U.S. airline to be nominated for this accolade. American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and Virgin America are also nominated.

LAN Airlines Marketing Communications Manager, Megan Kat, was excited about the airline’s monumental nomination. “LAN Airlines is honored to be the only non-U.S. airline nominated for ‘Best Airline’ in Logo’s second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN is South America’s leading international airline, offering award-winning service to and within South America from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Toronto.”

Kat continued, “LAN provides extensive service to the top destinations in South America for LGBT travelers, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Lima, as well as more exotic tourist destinations such as Iguazu Falls, Easter Island, Cuzco/Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. LAN is also a proud and active supporter of several important LGBT organizations, including IGLTA, NGLCC, IGLCC and San Francisco Pride.”

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