Waikiki Welcomes LGBT Tourism

Author: , March 29th, 2015

Waikiki

The epicenter of gay life here is near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Streets–about a minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, in the second-story, open-air, scenic spot known as Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand.

Located inside the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula’s is a national treasure of the gay community, not just a local stop for mai tais, $6 pitchers of beer, live musical acts, a dance floor and a bevy of 20-something, physically-fit male bartenders and servers.

After all, how many gay bars anywhere have celebrated 40 years of existence, as Hula’s did this past July? Sidetrack, by comparison, will have its 33rd anniversary in 2015. And Hula’s marketing crew is already brainstorming ideas for its 41st celebration during the summer of 2015–something charming, catchy, creative and, no doubt, sexy and celebratory will be the theme of the festivities.

By Ross Forman – Full Story at the Windy City Times | Oahu Gay Travel Resources

Japan Working to Attract LGBT Tourism

Author: , February 27th, 2015

JapanTo many, Japan may seem like one big sophisticated high-tech metropolis of the future when images of flashy Tokyo fly across your screens. But its LGBT rights movement remains a work in progress.

After a few years away from the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Japan will be attending the organization’s annual meeting this year in Los Angeles and looking into attracting more LGBT tourists. Yuki Tanaka, the executive director of the Japan National Tourism Organization, said that the initiative is still in its fledgling stages, but it’s making progress. “Tokyo and Kyoto are the most popular,” she said, “people like the modern design of Japan, the high-end hotels, and the nightlife.”

Similar to the United States, it’s the major cities — such as Tokyo and Kyoto — where LGBT rights are making their first advances. In Japan, couples renting houses or apartments need some sort of authorization, and a marriage certificate is usually used. But since gay couples can’t get married in Japan, it was difficult for them to rent property when the owner could deny them.

By Dennis Hinzmann – Full Story at Out Magazine

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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Virginia Launches New LGBT Tourism Drive

Author: , February 3rd, 2015

Blue MountainsThe US State of Virginia has revealed a major new LGBTI tourism drive – with Governor Terry McAuliffe recruiting a 21-person strong gay task force to get the job done.

The move follows the legalisation of gay marriage in the Old Dominion in October 2014.

Charlottesville Pride Community Network president Amy Sarah Marshall will be part of the gay travel dream team, according to reports.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Virginia Gay Travel Resources

Gay Tourism Worldwide Likely to Reach $200 Billion in 2014

Author: , February 13th, 2014

titleThe outlook is good especially for those who are gearing their marketing and products towards the LGBT community, as the collective spend is believed to be in excess of $200 billion (#120 billion).

The latest findings from the Out Now market research group suggest that the top markets for tourism were: Europe (USD$66.1 billion) USA (USD$56.5 billion) and Brazil (USD$25.3 billion). In terms of most sort after destinations France led the way by more than 6%, the LGBT2020 Research found.

ALL SIGNS POINT TO FRANCE

Founder of the The Villages Group Rainbow in France, Danny Silver said: ‘France is the ultimate destination for the LGBT community. Having lived here for many yearsnow I have seen the progress which has been made in transforming the nation into a LGBT-friendly destination; the legalization of gay marriage last year was a significant step in the right direction and with Paris hosting the Gay Games in 2018, I can only see LGBT tourism to France going one way – up!

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Marriott Hotels Launches New LGBT Tourism Campaign

Author: , June 8th, 2012

Marriott and Gay TravelGlobal lodging leader, Marriott International, Inc. today announced a new marketing campaign aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers, friends and families – “Be You, With Us”.

The “Be You, With Us” campaign launches in celebration of Pride Season (often observed from June through September) in cities around the world that host gay pride parades and festivals to celebrate the LGBT community. The campaign is filled with imagery and messages that welcome all guests to be themselves when staying with Marriott. The campaign comes to life through travel packages and amazing hotel experiences and culminates with a sweepstakes where one grand prize winner and guest will receive a trip valued at $5,000 to the 2013 New York, San Francisco or Berlin Gay Pride Festivals. Travelers can register through www.marriott.com/pride to enter the “Be You, With Us” sweepstakes.

Participating Marriott brands include: JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites.

Full Story from Market Watch

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