Visiting Rotorua, New Zealand

Author: , December 3rd, 2014

Rotorua, New ZealandA must visit for the culture-loving traveler seeking to get a taste of indigenous Maori heritage. Of course, like the rest of the country, Rotorua has a visually stunning landscape that’s also very unique because of the fact that it’s a geothermal hotspot. With much to offer to nature and culture lovers as well as those looking for some therapeutic rejuvenation in its world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua makes for an ideal stop when travelling in New Zealand’s North Island.

Being extremely popular with tourists, it’s no surprise that there are a number of operators who offer indigenous experiences and cultural tours in traditional Maori villages. As most of these tours are similarly priced, it can be difficult to choose one. My experience with poor quality of food offered on cultural tours in other countries made me especially cautious when choosing which company to go with.

Te Puia came highly recommended and as I also wanted to see the Pohutu Geyser, I opted for the complete experience called Te Puia-Te Po.

By Natasha Amar – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Bay of Plenty, New Zealand Gay Travel Resources

Twelve Surprising Gay Friendly Destinations

Author: , April 5th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenThe gay travel industry is booming, in large part because of the increased worldwide acceptance of the LGBT community. From LGBT travel associations like Alt and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), to LGBT cruise lines like Atlantis, Olivia and R Family Vacations, the gay and lesbian communities are becoming highly prized markets for the travel industry.

According to Merryn Johns, travel writer and Curve Magazine’s editor-in-chief, “[G]ay men and lesbians take at least four leisure trips per year, which is higher than their heterosexual counterparts, and fewer than 10% of LGBTs take organized trips of any kind. This makes gays and lesbians more frequent and more adventurous travelers than straight people.”

But LGBT travelers also seek different comforts. “Romance, seclusion and nature are important to lesbians when they travel, whereas gay men often seek out a scene or bars and clubs. While safety is important to lesbians when they travel, they … seek romance, outdoor adventure, culture and value for money,” she said in an interview with PolicyMic. “Not to mention some great beaches, which means they may seek out more exotic and far-flung destinations than other travelers.”

Authored By -Marcie Bianco See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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Ellen Drives LGBT Travel to Sydney, Australia

Author: , October 16th, 2013

Ellen Degeneres ShowAmericans are flocking to Sydney following the visit of TV superstar Ellen DeGeneres. So far there’s been a 22 per cent bounce in inbound tickets sales from the US to Sydney compared to normal, NSW Tourism Minister George Souris says.

So far there’s been a 22 per cent bounce in inbound tickets sales from the US to Sydney Ellen and her entourage, including Australian wife Portia Portia de Rossi, spent five days in Australia in March.

Their visit was promoted in the joint marketing campaign Dance Your Way Down Under by Destination NSW and Qantas.

See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

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Queenstown, New Zealand’s Gay Ski Week Kicks Off This Weekend

Author: , August 27th, 2013

SkiingWith only days to go until the opening event, things are full steam ahead for organisers of the 2013 DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown.

Known as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event, hundreds of gay men and women converge on Queenstown from this Saturday August 31 for a week-long celebration of skiing, socialising and evenings full of fun.

The programme starts with a bang at the More FM Opening Party at Barmuda on Saturday and follows up with other highlights such as ‘Get it on! Bingay’ sponsored by the New Zealand Aids Foundation, a take on traditional Bingo with a glamorous host and fabulous prizes up for grabs, and the infamous Karaoke night at SKYCITY Casino with Miss Ribena.

See the Full Story at Yahoo News

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