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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.

October 30, 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 memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel reader Travis Lofland sent us this postcard from his holidays in Mexico.

Travis told us: 'My boyfriend and I travelled to Oaxaca this summer. It's a beautiful tropical part of Mexico with amazing beaches and friendly people.

October 25, 2013

Winter's hottest events from North America to the Alps are filled with skiing, snowboarding, drag races, fondues and hot tub pool parties

It doesn’t matter if you’re a ski week virgin or a seasoned snow bunny.

These gay and lesbian ski weeks are the best ways to make the most of winter wonderlands around the world.

Held in the best snow resorts known for their altitude, snowfall and welcoming attitudes toward LGBT travellers, these ski weeks are designed for singles, couples and groups to make new friends and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime activities.

How many times have you jumped on a horse-drawn sled, or seen drag queens race down a mountain?

October 8, 2013

New website Gay Star Travel will fuel our readers' passions for exploration, from adventure trips to luxury stays and from parties to culture

Gay Star News has launched a new mini-site Gay Star Travel to become the leading resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel content.

Gay Star Travel now features a slideshow where we share our readers’ most dynamic photos, along with stories about how the LGBT community can enjoy the best:

October 7, 2013

Gay Star News is thrilled to launch its dedicated travel ‘mini site’today (8 October 2013) to become the market leader for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel content

Gay Star Travel, supported by global currency experts Moneycorp, will have a dedicated travel editor working with contributors from around the globe to bring you the latest travel news, events, features and more.

The launch of Gay Star Travel comes ahead of London’s first ever LGBT travel show.

September 19, 2013

The LGBT Travel Show is a new, unique way to reach the affluent gay and lesbian travel market (worth £113billion)

Hosted by award winning global LGBT site, Gay Star News (GSN), we’re handpicking a collection of the finest holiday and luxury travel experiences - and we’d love your brands to get involved.

Taking place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2014, this two-day ‘City, Beach and Snow Party’ themed spectacle will feature at London’s most famous gay hotspot; Heaven, in the heart of central London’s Charing Cross.

September 9, 2013

American Airlines, IBM, American Express and more showcased at the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara this week to encourage LGBT inclusion in business and tourism  

The spending power of the LGBT market united Fortune 500 companies and regional tourism operators under one roof this week for the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico’s second-largest city welcomed speakers, exhibitors, and for the first time the general public to spark a dialogue on the value LGBT inclusion in Latin American travel, banking and consumer markets.

August 13, 2013

Research into LGBT travelers sees horror stories including the couple who were asked to leave their double room and move into a single

Gay couples face embarrassment at hotel reception desks and are often given twin rooms even when they have booked a double, a study has found.

More than 40% of LGBT travelers have admitted to either feeling uncomfortable, or having experienced discomfort when booking into hotels or B&Bs as a couple.

One contributor stated: 'A couple of times we have had twin rooms allocated although we booked doubles, this [even] happened on our honeymoon.'

This revelation comes as part of new research of gay travelers from Europe and the US.

March 31, 2013

The Austrian capital joins Germany, Bulgaria and Greece as the latest European destination to promote itself as a desirable holiday for gay and lesbian travelers

City officials in Vienna have announced a strategy to woo gay and lesbian travelers to the Austrian capital’s streets.

Viennese authorities will promote the country’s music, culture and history to attract the presence and money of gay and lesbian tourists.

According to Reuters, the plan to court LGBT tourists came after a study among gay and lesbian travelers from outside Vienna revealed their average household income was €385 higher than that of other tourists to Vienna.

March 4, 2013

From Amsterdam to Australia and South Beach to San José, we check out some of the world’s most exciting gay hotels

From an urban resort in New York City with a 5,000 square feet spa, to a rooftop pool and bar in Barcelona or an unbeatable location between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest in Australia, the world of gay and gay-friendly hotels and accommodation offers far more than you may realize.

January 14, 2013

The Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo are known for their culture, history, sun, sea and great diving. But there’s also a fun gay nightlife says our insider, Joseph Grech

You might be forgiven for thinking that a country that is predominantly Catholic (we are talking over 95% of the population) would not be particularly friendly towards gay travellers. But in reality you would be very wrong.

Malta may only be starting to build its reputation as a hotspot for gay tourism but it certainly has a lot to offer for your pink pound.

October 26, 2012

Manuel Diaz Cebrian, European director of the Mexican Tourism Board, tells GSN why gay travel is changing Mexico's image
 

From retail to real estate, today's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers are in the unique position where flexing their spending power means they can help encourage companies to become gay-friendly and even have the power to help some firms stay in business. Or not.

While some genuinely support the LGBT community, more businesses are understanding that investment translates to serious influence.

Cue the courting of the LGBT consumer.

October 25, 2012

Gay Star News first business breakfast has seen companies worth a total of $1trillion coming together to learn the future of the LGBT market.

The event at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London gave representatives from major global corporates and brands the chance to discover how GSN has gone from new arrival to market leader in European LGBT media in less than 12 months.

Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith used the latest market data, including figures not yet released to the public, to show how the global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender market is rapidly maturing and expanding.

October 22, 2012

Gay Homestays offer safe, comfortable and affordable accomodation in destinations around the world

While it's sweet that 'straight' hotels are making the effort to look after their gay guests, many still remain woefully clueless on what really makes a queer traveller tick.

Thankfully, now you can bed down in accomodation where the staff will not only point you to the nearest gay club, but also know Madonna's back catalogue better than the Material Girl herself.