Be a Tourist in Athens – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 11th, 2019

Be a Tourist in Athens - Keep Calm and Wander

Here is a list of touristy things to do in Athens. In its evolution, the ancient city has not let go of its ancient character despite the trials of time. So, if you want to be a tourist in Athens, pick some or a few of these places for your two or three days itinerary in the ancient city.

1. The Parthenon / Acropolis

This should be your first stop. Standing on the hill of Acropolis, the Parthenon before your eyes is surreal. You’ll see ancient Greek architecture standing on this sacred hill for about 2,500 years. It is actually a collection of buildings, where you’ll explore Parthenon (dedicated to goddess Athena) known for its best Doric columns.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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LGBT Tourism: “The Show’s Going to Go On”

Author: , June 14th, 2016

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Members of the LGBT community say the shooting that killed 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando won’t stop them from travel and business as usual.

“From the LGBT perspective, it will not deter us from going to Orlando,” John Tanzella, president and CEO of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association told CBS MoneyWatch. “If anything, it will likely drive more travel to Orlando as it’s typical in our community to want to show support.”

That holds true, Tanzella said, whether it involves travel to celebrate LGBT victories or to show solidarity with a community in mourning. “One example on the positive side is before the U.S. had same sex marriage, Argentina did. Our members were selling travel to that country including honeymoon trips,” Tanzella said.

By Kate Gibson – Full Story at CBS News

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North Carolina Tells LGBT Community Our Tourist Dollars Aren’t Welcome

Author: , March 26th, 2016

Governor Pat McCroryMuch has been written about the corporate response to passage of controversial “bathroom bill” signed by Governor Pat McCrory, but it’s clear the anti-LGBT legislation will also impact some vacation plans.

Dozens of comments on the state’s official Travel & Tourism Facebook page finds people rethinking vacation plans after this week’s legislative action.

One writer simply posted a link to The New York Times editorial title: “Transgender law makes North Carolina pioneer in bigotry”.

By Clayton Henkel – Full Story at NC Policy Watch

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Ugandan Tourism Officials Claim Gays Are Welcome Despite the Jail the Gays Law

Author: , September 15th, 2014

Uganda - Google MapsUgandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law. The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country’s reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

John Tanzella, president and CEO of IGLTA, told the SoSoGay website that the board felt Western media had portrayed Uganda in a particularly negative light since the country passed a law that would punish gay sex with life imprisonment in December last year. The law was struck down last month.

Tanzella said, ‘The delegation said that gay people are welcome. They were very concerned about the perception of Uganda in Western Europe and North America, and claimed that the backlash caught them by surprise. No-one thought it would pass. The delegates all pointed out that they have friends and family who are gay.’

By Darren Wee – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Are Anti Gay Countries Missing Out on LGBT Tourists?

Author: , November 5th, 2013

Gay TravelThe ‘Out Now Global LGBT2020 Study’ shows 73% of respondents said that the position of local LGBT people affected where they spend their holiday – 36% to a great extent and a further 37% to a moderate extent.

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) tourists are choosing not to travel to countries where the local LGBT communities do not enjoy equal legal rights, says new research from LGBT consulting firm Out Now Global released this week at World Travel Market.

The ‘Out Now Global LGBT2020 Study’ shows 73% of respondents said that the position of local LGBT people affected where they spend their holiday – 36% to a great extent and a further 37% to a moderate extent.

See the Full Story at Travel Daily News

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Traveling to Russia? The New Gay Propaganda Law Could Send You to Jail

Author: , July 13th, 2013

St. Petersburg, Russia Gay Pride 2012Openly gay tourists who are planning a visit to Russia may want to rethink their stay as the Canadian travel website Travel and Escape reports that foreign tourist can now be subjected to the highly controversial “homosexual propaganda” law that fines and sentences citizens for exposing minors to LGBT materials.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the new measure into law on June 30, which fines individuals up to 20,000 rubles (around $6,000 US) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” In addition, the law has a provision that allows the government to arrest or detain gay, or pro-gay, foreigners for up to two weeks before they would be expelled from the country.

The site attempts to explain what “pro-gay” actually means but the law’s language is vague. The site suggests that “gay-affirmative” speech, displaying the rainbow flag, or same-sex couples holding hands are outlawed.

Authored By Jason St. Amand – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Philadelphia Tourism Gets Local

Author: , April 18th, 2013

A new tourism campaign in Philadelphia emphasizes the city’s multi-faceted neighborhoods. Edge Boston reports:

The Philadelphia Neighborhoods campaign, which the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. rolled out earlier this month, aims to get repeat visitors and locals to explore the restaurants, art galleries, indie retailers, parks, live music, nightlife, community events and festivals in 14 neighborhoods that ring the city’s downtown.

The areas were chosen because they are with 15 minutes of downtown hotels and they have lively retail corridors and active neighborhood and business associations.

“We are really aiming to raise the visibility of these neighborhoods so that people will be motivated to go and spend more time there,” said Alethia Calbeck of the tourism marketing agency.

We love exploring the small outlying neighborhoods and shopping districts when we go to a new city.

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Will Lawsuit Against Bisbee’s New Civil Unions Ordinance Backfire Against Arizona Tourism?

Author: , April 5th, 2013

Arizona mapThe tiny southern Arizona town of Bisbee passed a civil unions ordinance this last week, and a lawsuit from state Attorney general Tom Horne wasn’t far behind. But could it hurt tourism? AZ Family reports:

In the midst of the back and forth, there’s concern that fighting Bisbee’s decision is hurting the state’s reputation. “The public consensus is that this is a non-issue anymore and that this should just be left alone,” said Ben Bethel, who owns The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. He believes this latest legal battle will leave a bad taste in tourists’ mouths. “People will take their conventions, they will take their businesses and they are going to take their dollars and they will move them to those places instead of Arizona,” he said.

Arizona’s reputation has already been badly damaged by the GOP’s actions, most notably the “papers please” law. My husband Mark, who is Hispanic American, wouldn’t set foot there for years, and only went the last time because my grandmother was deathly ill.

US Tourism Ad Featuring Gay Couple Lambasted By Conservatives

Author: , June 6th, 2012

The ad promoting tourism to the U.S. seemed innocuous enough, but Family Research Council president Tony Perkins warns that the advertising campaign is being used to “highlight same-sex attractions.”

The Discover America ad highlights diversity in the US, including a song by Rosanne Cash and images of an interracial couple, two Muslim women in a city and people celebrating the Hindu festival Holi. But Perkins is peeved by its attempt “to celebrate homosexuality” by featuring a man with his arm around his partner on a bus for almost two seconds.

Perkins claimed that the ad depicts “a country of radical values and backwards priorities” for including “so much cultural baggage.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Gay Cape Town, South Africa

Author: , June 5th, 2012
Victororia and Alfred Waterfront with Table Mountain in the background

Victororia and Alfred Waterfront with Table Mountain in the background

Unlike most of Africa, South Africa is gay friendly and embraces the freedom we all should feel when we travel. In 1996 South Africa amended its constitution which now reads that people are offered protection from discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

Cape Town in particular has become an increasingly popular destination for all travelers. It is beautiful, vibrant, historic and interesting. A full week in this city will not sate the appetite of an ardent traveler.

Adventure

There is the mountain to climb, although I would take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. On a clear day you can see for miles. There are sharks to view from a cage hanging over the side of a boat. Ok so I’ll be watching from the boat, not getting me in that cage but for the adventure seeker this is a real thrill. There are helicopter flips, whale watching (in season), lying on the sun drenched beaches or riding a horse on the Noordhoek beach. Cape Town is full of adventure and entertainment.

 

Winelands of Cape Town and surrounds

Winelands of Cape Town and surrounds

Wine

Wine tasting could be within a cab ride of the city center at Constantia. Alternatively, a full day out in the wine country such as Stellenbosch or Franschoek is a must. Maybe think about a picnic lunch wine tasting afternoon on horseback near Franschoek. South  Africa has award winning wines and if you travel a little further in land to Oudsthoorn and Calitzdorp you will marvel at the superb quality port.

Night Life

There is a collection of areas that offer gay only clubs especially in De Waterkant area, but generally any nightlife in Cape Town is easy going and no distinction is made between gay and straight patrons.

Food

South African cuisine is influenced by so many different flavors and cultures that it is difficult to categorize it. However, I can promote their incredible sea food and the spicy Malay dishes are to die for. Much of the sea food is caught locally. You might want to try a cheese and wine or chocolate and brandy pairing tour. For folks who love to cook there are a few operators who will take you on a cullinary tour of Cape Town and you could book some cooking classes.

Camps Bay Cape Town

Camps Bay Cape Town

Exclusively Gay Accommodation

Again as with all the attractions and entertainment in Cape Town, accommodation is gay friendly. There are some gay owned or gay run, gay exclusive accommodation options in Cape Town.

The best value accommodation is the guest houses. They run anything from R400 (US $ 55) per person for a moderate say 6 room guest house to a larger 9 room guest house with views that can cost in the region of R700 ($95) per person. These are high season prices and will often include a full breakfast and use of the amenities. You should always ask for special deals such as long stay discounts or off season dates and rates.

Staying at a gay run guest house offers the guest an added encyclopedia of information about the city. The management will know just where to send you for the best shopping, the best restaurants and other entertainment.

Celeste Wilson is an African Specialist and co founder of an African Travel Guide called www.findtripinfo.com