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Successful consumer reception in DC
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More than 200 attendees made IGLTA's consumer event in Washington, D.C., on 16 August a smashing success. The reception, held at Donovan House, was created in partnership with Barefoot Wine, Kimpton Hotels and D.C. event Homo Hotel Happy Hour. RSVPs for the VIP Barefoot Suite reached capacity in a matter of hours, with many of the 100 participants taking pride in learning that some of their favorite wines were part of the Barefoot brand. The next consumer event in this partnership will be held 1 October at The Muse Hotel in New York.

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France to consider marriage equality bill
The Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The French government will introduce a marriage equality bill to Parliament in October, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the annual meeting of the Socialist Party. More

Passport's annual kickoff to Southern Decadence at W New Orleans
Passport Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Passport Magazine is set to host our annual Southern Decadence soiree on 31 August at the fabulous W New Orleans as a benefit for Project Lazarus. More

Aston Hotels & Resorts – More than Just a Room
Your dream Hawaii vacation begins at Aston Hotels & Resorts. Choose from 25 hotels and condominium resorts on four breathtaking Hawaiian Islands, from serene beachfront hotels to spacious villas and charming, historic cottages. Experience the many wonderful things that make Aston Hotels & Resorts a lasting favorite among Hawaii travelers.

Preferred Hotels is proud of its pride collection
HotelChatter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether it's major hotel chains like Marriott or Hilton offering dedicated pride packages, a new booking site for on- (or off) the-beaten path destinations, or even a "straight-friendly" hotel in NYC, the hotel industry is catering more and more these days to the lucrative gay travel market. More

World's most expensive cities for a hotel room
CNNGo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Revolution swept the Russian czars out of power in 1917, but, judging by the room rates, Russian hotels have never quite let go of the country's aristocratic past. Hotels in Moscow are by far the world's most expensive and have been so for nearly a decade, according to a biannual study by Hogg Robinson Group. More


Aruba's Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts offers couples a romantic and tranquil boutique resort experience on one of the "Dream Beaches of the World".
New York City Marriott and Renaissance Hotels

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FAA reconsiders limits on consumer electronics in the sky
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Will the familiar warning for airline passengers to "discontinue the use of all portable electronic devices" become a relic of the past? Perhaps. By popular demand, the Federal Aviation Administration is forming a group to study policies governing the use of consumer electronics in the sky. More

Prince Harry's antics spark interest in Las Vegas holidays
The Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Inquiries for package holidays to Las Vegas have increased by nearly a third, according to one U.K. tour operator, with Prince Harry's visit thought to be responsible. More

San Paulo celebrates first gay marriage
On Top Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mario Domingos Grego and Gledson Perrone Cordeiro married recently in San Paulo, becoming the first gay couple to marry in the Brazilian city without judicial intervention. More

North Carolina city wants gay visitors, launches new LGBT-focused tourism website    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In May, North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Recently, one of the state's most progressive cities announced a new campaign to encourage gays and lesbians to visit. More

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Your Home Under the Rainbow!
Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Hawaii's largest gay owned & operated resort, welcomes all, but caters primarily to the LGBT traveler. Located on the shore in Kihei, Sunseeker is perfect for gorgeous Ocean views. A clothing optional heated pool and Jacuzzi awaits you. Sunseeker welcomes you to Maui's island paradise.
Hilton Barbados Resort’s exquisite setting on the lush tropical peninsula of Needham's Point offers a combination of natural beauty and Hilton style for an unforgettable tropical experience. With amenities tailored for couples, families, and business travelers alike, this really is paradise for all. Come enjoy!

Peruvian government announces plans for new airport near Machu Picchu
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According to press reports, Peru's president, Ollanta Humala, has announced that his government has committed some $460 million toward the creation of a new airport near Cusco to boost tourism in Machu Picchu. Humala said that the current airport in Cusco is inadequate and expressed hope that a new facility would bring more tourism dollars to the country. More

Switzerland Tourism promotes country's strong value for U.S. visitors
Travel Pulse    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apparently Europe's economic turbulence is not reaching the Swiss Alps, and Switzerland Tourism is asking travelers to look at the country's value proposition in comparison to Europe. More

Burmese government cuts a third of names from travel blacklist
The Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Burma's government has trimmed 2,082 names from its notorious blacklist, opening traveling privileges to roughly a third of the people officially barred from entering or leaving the country, an official said. More

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner writes passionate plea in support of gay marriage
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hugh Hefner, perhaps the world's most famous heterosexual, is using his Playboy pulpit to speak out in support of gay marriage. More

Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa
Ideally situated on an immaculate stretch of white-sand beach, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa offers its guests an idyllic oceanfront setting. The resort is easily accessible from major international destinations, located less than 20 minutes from the Danang International Airport.

Enjoy 3 nights on our Private Island. Get daily breakfasts and 1 night free. Contact your travel agent. MORE

Cameroon: Anti-gay march to counter homosexuality in country
Têtu    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Distress message from African human rights activists: "On 21 August, in Cameroon, an organization called Youth Rally Cameroon holds an anti-gay 'celebration,' claiming that homosexuality is a 'crime against humanity.'" More

Spring Airlines blacklists passengers who claim compensation
Travel Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has broken new ground for the budget sector and stolen a march on Ryanair by blacklisting passengers who claim compensation for flight delays. More

Celebrate with Splendor at Kapalua

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Gay Ugandans, loud and proud
Windy City Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Val Kalende writes, "About 10 years ago, when I first came out to my guardian and, later, to my closest colleagues at the Daily Monitor newspaper in Uganda, I was nothing short of terrified of losing both family and friends." More

Madonna sued in Russia for supporting gays
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg. More

Halifax rallies to support gay pride celebration    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"It is not 'us' and 'them' anymore," said Krista Snow, the volunteer chair of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Pride and former Halifax City Council member. "We have gone from a completely 'gay event' to a celebration for the entire Halifax community." More

Planning for Gay Games in 2014 is ahead of schedule
Metro Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many people around the world were shocked when Cleveland beat Boston and Washington, D.C., in the battle to host the Gay Games in 2014. Previous Gay Games had been held in such major cities as Cologne, Chicago and Sydney. However, Ohio's second largest city is proving it is not just up for the task but ready to set the bar for future Gay Games. More

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The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice

A luxury Hotel which offers you an unforgettable stay in front of the sea. Its panoramic Roof top Terrace and its Private Beach will satisfy you in an idyllic environment. MORE

Travel outpacing other sectors of the economy
Travel Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest federal employment figures indicate that job growth in the U.S. travel industry is outpacing the rest of the country's economic recovery, according to the U.S. Travel Association. More

In travel, age makes a difference
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gordon White is 79. Kevin Chang is 24. Both recently tried to rent cars, but ran into trouble because of their age. White's online travel agency warned him that he might be too old, and Chang had to pay more for his vehicle because of his youth. A quirk of the auto rental business? Hardly. Other parts of the travel industry, from airlines to hotels, routinely segment their customers by age. More

West Hollywood's rainbow crosswalks to stay
Passport Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
West Hollywood, Calif., will permanently keep this year's Pride month rainbow crosswalks spanning San Vicente Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard, as voted by the West Hollywood City Council. More



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