Focus on LGBT Family Travel

Author: , July 8th, 2015

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul J. Heney

Jackie Cooper, a curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, grew excited when she located the clownfish — made famous as the central character in the animated film “Finding Nemo” — swimming in the facility’s enormous blacktip reef tank.

“With clownfish, they’re all born gender-neutral,” she told the assembled parents and children. “When a spot opens up, one turns female … that’s the dominant one. If a female’s lost, one of the males will turn into a female to take its place. Wrasses do the same thing, but the male gender is dominant to female in that family.”

To fish, flexibility regarding gender and related identity might be somewhat old hat, but we humans are coming a bit late to the party. Only in the past decade have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people gained wide societal acceptance in the U.S., highlighted by the right to marry in (currently) 37 out of 50 states [Note: The day after the print version of this report went to press, a U.S. Surpreme Court ruling that gay marriage is a constitutional right made gay marriage legal in all 50 states]. Gay and lesbian families, while not a new phenomenon, could arguably see an upswing in numbers in the coming years, as more and more LGBT individuals exchange wedding vows and then ponder whether children should be the next step in their relationships.

By Paul J. Henry – Full Story at Travel Weekly

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Venice’s Rialto Bridge and Market

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Rialto Bridge Venice - Carlos MeliaThe Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

I came to visit before I lunch at the lovely, recently opened, Aman Grand Canal, which is only steps away. Like Ponte Vecchio is to Florence, Ponte di Rialto is to Venice.

This bridge dates to 1181, originally built out of wood, like it was painted on the Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman painting by Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.

It is a fabulous spot for photos, and if you can… take a private riva along the Grand Canal and cross under the bridge. You will get AMAZING photo moments.

Now the biggest surprise was to discover the Rialto Mercato or Rialto Market. It takes place from early in the morning to around 1PM. See locals and foreigners flock to shop and enjoy the real daily Venetian life. Rialto Bridge and Market are a MUST see and visit spot of Venice.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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The Gay Travel Market

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Gay TravelGay travel is not always perceived as a proper travel market. Many offices of tourism -especially in Asia or Africa- continue to look at gay and lesbian markets as a pure sexual tourism travel segment. This is a complete wrong assessment: GLBT (GLBT for Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transvestite) generally have sophisticated or/and cultural needs and are high spenders on their vacation spot.

ITB in Berlin has been for many years a strong advocate for Gay and Lesbian travel. A dedicated area has been attributed to GLBT travel companies or destinations since 2003 recognizing the increased importance of gay tourism for many cities. They were a dozen of companies and NTOs this year while a conference was also organised to while a seminar was dedicated to GLBT strategies in tourism.

Among the speakers present at the forum were Philip Heylen, Vice Mayor for Culture and Tourism of Antwerp, Stephen Murray-Smith, Gay-Market Sales Manager for the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council, Marco Antonio de Britto Lomanto, Director of Products and Tourist Destinations for the Brazilian Tourism Board EMBRATUR and Tom Roth, President & Founder of Community Marketing. In the ITB gay and lesbian travel section were present for the first time EMBRATUR as well as the tour operator Dertour with its first dedicated catalogue for gay travelers.

Full Story from Travel Daily News

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Australia’s Gay Travel Market Worth $4 Billion a Year

Author: , November 8th, 2010

Australia Gay Travel MarketAUSTRALIA’S gay and lesbian travel market is worth a whopping $4 billion a year, according to a study to be published in London on Wednesday. The research provides new insight into what has always been considered a niche market but should clearly not be dismissed as a small one.

The results, revealed to The Sun-Herald ahead of the official release at the World Travel Market in London, show the median leisure travel spend for the Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) market was $1500 last year. Twelve per cent of respondents spent more than $10,000 on leisure travel last year.

The wide-ranging 2010 global LGBT study was done by consultancy Out Now, spanning 23 countries and 10 languages. In Australia, where the international consultancy worked in collaboration with the Sydney Star Observer, Southern Star Melbourne and QNews, about 1500 people completed the detailed questionnaire.

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