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March 26, 2015

 Event recognized as one of the leading UK events in the LGBTI community

GSN readers have until midnight tomorrow to vote for the Gay Star Travel Expo for the Best Event Award at the British LGBT Awards.

The one-stop travel shop took place at London's Heaven nightclub in January, and featured exhibitors from around the world such as Vienna and Gibraltor.

March 25, 2015

Link will help promote travel between Brazil and the US

Delta Air Lines has signed a partnership deal with the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS), it has been announced.

The link between the Atlanta-based airline and Brazil's largest LGBTI group aims to promote travel opportunities between Brazil and the US.

Delta's Brazilian director Luciano Macagno commented: 'Delta recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and is committed to seeking out and building mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT community.'

March 18, 2015

The tech giants will host forums for LGBT entrepreneurs and the tourism and hospitality industry as part of the inaugural LGBT Week NYC

Details are being finalized for the first LGBT Week – a new series of conferences, symposia, workshops and events aimed at the LGBT business community and those looking to explore the LGBT market.

LGBT Week NYC will take place from 20-24 April 2015, and will be followed by future conferences in Orlando (4 June) and Seattle (18 September).

The NYC event builds upon the success of the annual LGBT Marketing Week – which will be incorporated into this new event – and will look specifically at business, marketing and technology.

March 4, 2015

LGBTI travel is booming

An array of tourist boards and travel organisations have converged on Berlin for the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, or ITB) – with a record number joining the event's Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion.

The 'Pink Pavilion', as it's known, now showcases the largest range of LGBTI tourism products at any trade fair in the world.

February 26, 2015

IGLTA praises Caribbean island's efforts to embrace LGBTI tourists

Curaçao is to be given a 'Destination Pioneer' award by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). 

February 17, 2015

Tom Daley, Ellen DeGeneres, Graham Norton and Sue Perkins are all up for major awards

Will Sam Smith add to his list of awards?

Will Nicola Adams knock out Tom Daley for best sports personality?

And how exactly can you choose between Hillary Clinton, Joan Collins and Kylie Minogue for Global Gay Icon?

These are the questions that will be asked as the UK gets ready for the British LGBT awards that will be handed out at the Landmark Hotel in  London on 24 April.

Among the nominees for Best Event includes the Gay Star Travel Expo. 

January 25, 2015

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.

24 year-old Sam Hawli was born and raised in Sydney. We caught up with him for his tips on how to get the most out of your visit...

What are some of the best things about living in Sydney?

January 15, 2015

They hope to bring more education, awareness and visibility to LGBT travel in Africa

The International Gay and Lesbian Association (IGLTA) has signed an agreement to become an association partner for World Travel Market Africa (WTM), an exhibition for Africa’s leisure travel industry.

IGLTA is a global travel network dedicated to connecting LGBTI travellers and the business that support and welcome them.

Through the partnership with WTM Africa, they hope to bring more education, awareness and visibility to LGBT travel in Africa where homosexuality is illegal in 36 countries.

January 8, 2015

Gay travel has a superstar – and its name is Destsetters 

Sponsored content: It started three years ago and now Destsetters stands out as one of the fastest developing travel projects around the world. Two guys from Greece and Cyprus decided to create a new travel platform that would help gay travelers around the world change the way they plan their holidays.

January 3, 2015

The first-of-its-kind law in California will require big public utilities companies in the state to report how much work they do with LGBT business owners as they do with other specific groups

Electrical, gas, water and telephone companies as well as wireless telecommunications service providers in California with annual revenues of more than US$25 million will be required to report how much work they do with LGBT-owned businesses.

Current laws already require public utilities companies to report how many businesses they contract with are owned by designated ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans under the Supplier Diversity Program which is administered by the California Public Utilities Commission.

December 31, 2014

20% of visitors to Buenos Aires are LGBTI, says tourism institute

Gay tourism is booming in Argentina.

The pink pound brought in a whopping $1.2b to the country's economy in 2014, according to the Tourism Ministry's National Institute for Tourism Promotion.

More than 445,000 LGBTIs descended on the country this year, says the TMNITP.

Research shows there was an especially high concentration of queer travellers in Buenos Aires.

One in five visitors to the Argentine capital were gay this year, according to data collected by the organisation.

November 27, 2014

'In Europe, we're crawling; in America they're running' – GETA boss claims businesses aren't catering for queer travellers

Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith took part in a panel discussion on gay travel last night, hosted by Grayling and the Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) – and urged companies to directly market to queer tourists.

Attended by representatives of several high-profile travel organisations, talking points included how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI travellers and the benefits of working with them.

September 23, 2014

Whether you’re flying solo, with your partner or rainbow family, the Gay European Tourism Association offers some advice to keep safe and have fun on your European adventure

The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.

GETA's new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan 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.

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

June 2, 2014

The basketball star joins a trans model and a lesbian employee in #LoveTravels, Marriott's new campaign to encourage LGBTI customers to book with the international hotel chain

Hotel chain Marriott International is courting gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans travelers with a new ad campaign featuring out NBA star Jason Collins, trans model Geena Rocero and other LGBTI individuals.

Using the hashtag #LoveTravels, Marriott’s campaign features print ads and social media Collins called ‘important not only to the LGBT community but to society in general’.

April 8, 2014

The fourth annual event is changing Latin America by putting the region’s LGBT businesses and consumers face-to-face with the world’s largest companies

This summer Puerto Vallarta opens its shores to some of the world’s most powerful companies, all seeking to promote LGBT diversity in Latin American business.

The beach destination of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, one of the most gay-friendly travel destinations in Latin America, will serve as the backdrop for the 4th International LGBT Business Expo.

February 5, 2014

Gay people live in and travel to places that may not have the best LGBTI rights record. Should that stop us from traveling to these destinations?

Last month, some of the LGBTI community’s leading activists met in London to debate the ethics of LGBTI travel.

Should individuals travel to a country hostile to the gay, bi and trans community?

Should travelers boycott these countries in attempts to influence them by hurting their travel industry, or should we go anyway to engage with the locals and support the local LGBTI movement?

December 25, 2013

More LGBTI Americans took leisure trips in 2013, survey says. Hawaii is top honeymoon destination. Free wifi emerges as major motivator for hotel bookings

New York is the top domestic destination and Canada the top international destination for US LGBTI travelers, a survey has found.

The study by Community Marketing Inc discovered that, while lesbian, gay and bi travelers chased the sun on their holidays, the desire for ‘rest and relaxation’ as well as ‘culture, art and heritage’ were bigger motivators.

And modern gay holidaymakers demand free wifi in their hotels with 70% of them saying this was significant.

November 29, 2013

Can an Eastern European economy dependent on tourism afford to annoy LGBTI travelers with a constitutional ban on gay and lesbian marriage?

A few years ago I spent a fantastic day exploring the truly amazing medieval city of Dubrovnik, one of the most stunning walled cities on the Mediterranean.

Along with 2,500 other gay people from an RSVP cruise liner I spent loads of money in the shops and restaurants and I even took a high speed boat ride into the bay to get the best possible view of the city.

November 14, 2013

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one (or more) memorable photo.

Sarah and Laura sent us this photo from their visit to Russia.

'We went to Moscow a few years ago, and it was beautiful,' said the girls.

'It was really interesting being in a country that was SO different from where we are from - there were guards everywhere!

November 11, 2013

Enter now to win a two-night’s stay for two, courtesy of Pink Pillow Berlin collection who vets hotels to ensure courtesy, dignity and respect for all LGBT travellers

Get up to your own adventures in Berlin with a free two-night stay in the German city, thanks to a competition brought to you by VisitBerlin and GermanWings.

Gay Star Travel has visited Berlin throughout the years for Berlin Fashion Week, a stay at a five-star hotel and a tour with DJ Lucio Buffone.

November 9, 2013

LGBTI market research group Out Now has told the World Travel Market in London this week that it estimates that LGBTIs will spend over $200 billion on travel in 2014

The spending power of LGBTI tourists has been estimated to be worth $202 billion in 2014, a global tourism conference has heard.

LGBTI focused market research company Out Now released their estimates at the World Travel Market in London this week.

The United States was the biggest travel destination with LGBTI tourists expected to spend $56.5 billion there, followed by Brazil where LGBTI tourists were expected to spend $25.3 billion.

November 8, 2013

Countries that demonstrate a genuine commitment to the LGBT community are expected to benefit most from this record-breaking travel spend projection

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals will contribute $202 billion (€149 billion) to the travel industry next year, predicts LGBT marketing agency Out Now.

Out Now specializes in helping the global travel market understand the needs of the LGBT traveller, offering services like corporate training schemes for hotel staff and research studies with data from LGBT consumers around the world.