Dominican Republic Begins Campaign to Welcome LGBT Tourists

Author: , February 4th, 2015

A Dominican advocacy group is working with government officials and travel industry representatives on a campaign designed to promote LGBT tourism and gay rights in the Caribbean country.

Members of the Center for Integrated Training and Research, a Dominican advocacy group known by the Spanish acronym COIN that has fought the AIDS epidemic in the country and throughout the Caribbean for more than two decades, on Monday will meet with representatives of the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Police at the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. Representatives from the country’s travel industry and a staffer from Human Rights First, a Washington-based human rights advocacy group, have also been invited alongside members of the media.

Bob Satawake, the husband of gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican republicepublic James “Wally” Brewster, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the meeting. – See more at:

By Michael K. Lavers – Full Story at The Washington Blade | Dominican Republic Gay Travel Resources

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Diversity Rules Magazine Launches IndieGogo Campaign

Author: , October 9th, 2014

Diversity Rules

Our friend Jim Koury at Diversity Rules Magazine has launched a new fundraising campaign over at IndieGoGo:

Gay activism is the editor/publisher’s passion. He is a fighter for equality and has a respect for diversity and acceptance in all forms. Diversity Rules Magazine is his vehicle by which to achieve his mission of helping foster better understanding of diversity and acceptance of the differences in people. Diversity Rules Magazine is a celebration of the diversity of our humanity.

Diversity Rules Magazine was conceived in 2006 to fill a void that existed in gay focused publications in upstate New York. The vision brought the magazine to fruition and it continued as a “freebie” publication with 10,000 copies being distributed throughout New York State. It was the most widely distributed gay themed publication in New York State at the time.

With the economic downturn of 2009 Diversity Rules Magazine ceased publication. A year later it returned as a digital format publication for 2 years. In March of 2013 it returned to print as a subscription only magazine. The goal was to serve both digital and print tastes.

The magazine today needs your support to continue its mission to serve the gay community and educate others about issues important to gay people around the world.


Jim puts out a great magazine every month – give him a little support at:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/diversity-rules-magazine-rockin-forward

Germany Goes After the Gay Tourism Market

Author: , September 14th, 2014

GermanyIt’s time to get excited! ‘Why?’ we hear you ask.

Well, those lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have just re-launched a brand new website just for us – yes dear LGBT reader, that means you – so that we can learn more about Germany and everything that it has to offer next time we visit.

The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany, and it’s all tailored exclusively with LGBT visitors in mind.

That doesn’t mean that this new website is all about pride events, parties and bars though. Of course there is some really useful information on the LGBT scene in Germany’s five largest cities — Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Cologne, as well as details of the major LGBT festivals and events that take place across the country. But there is also information on Germany’s buzzing art landscape, cutting-edge architecture, latest design trends as well as what’s happening right now on the German fashion scene too.

Full Story at the Gay Times | Germany Gay Travel Resources

Marriott Hotels Kicks Off New Gay Travel Campaign #LoveTravels

Author: , June 2nd, 2014

Marriott #lovetravels

Marriott International today launched a historic new LGBT campaign that celebrates the diversity of love and showcases the brand’s commitment to the gay and lesbian community. #LoveTravels hopes to convey the message that everyone should feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel.

To bring #LoveTravels to life, Marriott partnered with photographer Braden Summers to share exclusive and images celebrating inclusion. “Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace,” said Kristine Friend, senior director, segment marketing. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests feel comfortable at all of our hotels and are proud to stay with Marriott.

#LoveTravels is a universal theme we believe is shared by all cultures and communities and truly represents our company’s philosophy and values. We also want to encourage our guests and travelers around the world to share their own journey and story through #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.”

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport

VisitBritain Launches “Love is Great” Campaign

Author: , March 30th, 2014

Love is GreatAs England and Wales welcome the new same-sex marriage law March 29 (Scotland will follow later this year), VisitBritain, the national tourism agency responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain, highlights where to enjoy a GREAT summer of love.

Whether celebrating your honeymoon or a sexy singles weekend, Britain has a dazzling array of choices for gay men and lesbians. From city stays to lovely countryside escapes, Pride parades galore, a big night out or a romantic hotel night in, here’s where to eat, stay, party and play in each Pride destination:

Manchester

This once industrial city in the north of England is now a glitter-dusted modern metropolis for gay men and lesbians. Focused around Canal Street, Manchester’s gay village is one of the best-known in Britain. Its cobbled streets play host to one of the biggest dates in the British LGBT calendar, the annual Manchester Pride. Over the years artists such as Kelis, Human League, MKS, Chicane, Alexandra Burke, The Gossip, The Feeling and many more have all strutted their stuff. This year’s pride theme is yet to be announced but judging by previous years it will be outrageously fabulous as ever, and the big weekend kicks off August 22nd for 72 hours of fun.

See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

Click here for gay travel resources in the United Kingdom.

Amtrak Reaches Out to LGBT, Minority Riders

Author: , November 23rd, 2013

Ride With PrideIn an effort to reach out to some of its “multicultural” riders — namely those who identify as LGBT, black or Hispanic — Amtrak has launched three new “microsites” where bloggers will be chronicling travel issues specifically relevant to those communities.

The three sites launched earlier this month. For the bilingual Hispanic community, there is the translatable DescubreNorteAmerica.com; for the black community, there is MyBlackJourney.com; and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, there is AmtrakRideWithPride.com.

“While Amtrak’s main website, Amtrak.com, is a travel-planning resource for all travelers, the microsites are culturally focused travel sites that host the unique, original multicultural voices of a rotating set of featured bloggers,” Amtrak said in a statement.

Authored By Kevin Rector – See the Full Story at the Baltimore Sun

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Stockhom, Sweden Launching New Gay Marketing Campaign

Author: , June 20th, 2012

Stockholm, Sweden Gay TravelDiscover the world’s ‘Favourite LGBT-Friendly City’, fly with award-winning SAS Scandinavian Airlines with a local Stockholm resident guide – to highlight some of the best of their own favourite things which the city has to offer.

Entrants choose between six guys or girls, depending on what most interests them, each being a Stockholm ambassador for a specific theme, such as Arts & Culture, Sports, Outdoor, Fashion & Design, Food & Flavours or Music & Nightlife.

The new social media campaign, Win A Date With Stockholm, is live online until June 30, 2012 at www.winadatewithstockholm.com and is organized by Stockholm Visitors Board, VisitSweden, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network.

Full Story from WebWire

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NY: State Launches “Save the Date” Campaign

Author: , July 18th, 2011

With less than a week before gay marriage becomes legal in New York, the Empire State has launched a campaigned aimed at increasing tourism dollars from the wedding celebrations of gay and lesbian couples.

The Save the Date campaign helps couples plan a wedding and honeymoon in destinations such as Niagara Falls or New York City.

The campaign by ILOVENY.COM aims to “establish New York as a premiere destination location for same-sex weddings.”

Full Story from On Top Magazine

Click here for gay travel resources in New York.

Cambodia Launches Campaign to Welcome Gay Community

Author: , February 12th, 2011

Cambodian tourism businesses have launched a colorful, global campaign, Adore Cambodia!, to let GLBT travelers know they are especially welcome in the Kingdom of Wonders.

With the spread of ultra-cheap flights from regional hubs like Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, gay and lesbian tourists have discovered a quiet haven of tolerance, culture and world heritage that is actively reaching out to the economically powerful GLBT niche travel market.

“Siem Reap is remarkable because major players in the hospitality and service industries are comfortable extending a genuine welcome specifically to GLBT visitors,” explains John Goss, director of Utopia-Asia.com which lists more than 70 gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses around Cambodia. “These include Travel and Leisure’s #1 hotel in Cambodia, dozens of gay-run boutique accommodations, trend-setting restaurants, and fashion and design innovators that are part of a hip, emerging contemporary arts movement dubbed Cambodia Cool.”

Full Story from SFGate

Click here for gay travel resources in Cambodia.