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November 18, 2014

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London over the weekend of January 17/18th to showcase the hottest gay destinations in 2015 – from the best cruises to the fiercest party islands

Now in its second year, the Gay Star Travel Expo is taking place over the weekend of 17/18th January 2015 at London’s Heaven nightclub. 

Showcasing the hottest destinations for gay travel in 2015, the expo hosts tourist boards and top travel brands ready to help you plan the best year of your life in travel.

Once you’ve discovered your trip(s) of a lifetime, stick around as the daytime expo transforms into a holiday-themed club night with competitions, giveaways and more – you could even win a mystery getaway!

November 27, 2014

French and Mediterranean styles collide in picturesque beachside town

It's one of the oldest cities in Europe – and one of the most vibrant on the Mediterranean coast. Welcome to Marseille, south of France, a city with 26 centuries of history, and still transforming.

A mix of cultures indeed, next to the harbour you'll find African markets, Italian communities (the border is not far), crowds of tourists and students from all over the world, Corsican, Spanish: all of them trying to preserve their traditions but also trying, at the same time, to hone Marseille's reputation as a truly multicultural tourist destination.

November 27, 2014

Detours Travel founder on Vancouver's unique climate: shirts off in the summer but mountain skiing never far away...

Miles Mitchinson, founder of gay tour operator Detours Travel, shows us around his icily cool home city – including where to find a 16-piece sushi dinner that's cheaper than a Starbucks across the road!

I've lived here since…
...since I was 2 weeks old!  In the 'newlywed and nearlydead' suberb of White Rock for the first 18 years, and now in the Yaletown area of the downtown core.

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.

November 26, 2014

I swear I saw it fall out of my bag and I just didn’t pick it up.

So. It’s happened. You’re days away from that big vacation. You’ve waited all year for this, but something has stirred you from your sleep.

Where is it? It’s not been seen since you put it in that ‘safe place’ that you now can’t remember the location of. Is it at work? WHERE is my passport?!

In the minutes following this tragic realisation irrational thoughts on life begin to take hold followed by illogical plans to get out of this impossible situation and safely to the beach – here are 10 of those:

November 26, 2014

German capital looks to entice LGBT travellers in 2015

The city of Munich has reached out to the world's queer community by launching a survey to help it better understand the needs of LGBTI tourists.

The German capital is conducting the online study with a view to analyzing the international draw of queer and queer-friendly events.

These include the famous Christopher Street Day parade (the biggest annual gay event in the city), plus the city's annual funfair, Oktoberfest.

The results will then help experts devise marketing strategies to better cater for queer tourists over the next year.

November 25, 2014

Openly gay Emmerdale actress on loving California and the Lake District

She recently won Entertainer of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, for her role as Ruby Haswell in Emmerdale. And here the out and proud Alicya Eyo – who also made her directing debut last year with the queer short Brace – shares her travel tales, from experiencing discrimination in Egypt to the gay rite of passage which is San Francisco...

November 25, 2014

Unlock the ancient, enigmatic glamour of the Turkish metropolis with our guide

Pushed and pulled by the eastern and western worlds for centuries, absorbing influences and attitudes from both Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is astoundingly resilient.

And Istanbul, with 14 million people, has been the cosmopolitan centre of the region since it was founded as Constantinople in 330 AD. The Bosphorus Strait, a shipping lane that links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea dividing Istanbul in two, is one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia.

November 24, 2014

Pink Iceland founder and local DJ reveals she'd take a Reykjavik virgin to a geothermal pool!

This week Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir Lange, founder of LGBTI travel specialists and wedding planners Pink Iceland, takes us on a tour of her one-of-a-kind hometown – from outdoor art galleries to humbling natural beauty...

I moved here in…
…1996, when I moved from Naples, Italy. So I went from one volcano to a more active one!

November 24, 2014

Blockbuster gay destination reaches out to trans travellers following trailblazing study

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) has announced its intention to better cater for the needs of trans travellers following a pioneering new study.

The popular beachside destination commissioned the survey, completed by over 700 self-identified members of the American trans community, earlier this year.

November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.

November 21, 2014

Mulled wine and mince pies at the ready!

Vienna has announced the first 'Rainbow Christmas Market' for LGBTI shoppers this December.

The market will launch in Europe's most Christmassy city on the 1 December to coincide with World AIDS Day.

November 21, 2014

Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert gets Australian premiere at epic gay culture fest

Melbourne's gay culture extravaganza Midsumma Festival has announced a stellar line up for its January 2015 outing – including the hotly-anticipated Australian premiere of Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert.

Taking place between 18 January to 8 February, the festival will include everything from fringe theatre and film screenings to club nights and panel debates.

November 20, 2014

The Andes, the Sacred Valley – breathtaking vistas abound on Detours Travel's new route

Gay and adventure tour operator Detours Travel has announced its latest boutique trip for LGBTI travellers – the gorgeous Peru.

The travel specialists – who already host group trips for queer travellers to Greece, Thailand and Costa Rica – will begin visiting the destination, known for its abundance of exotic natural beauty, from June 2015.

November 20, 2014

Fleshy and juicy with a full-bodied density – and that's just the vintners

What happens when a bunch of queer wine-lovers board a train through Napa Valley to taste the region's gayest, sun-sweet grape juices? We're not entirely sure, but we'd love to find out!

The Big Gay Wine Train has announced details of its all-gay winemaker dinner event next spring: taking place on Saturday, March 28, oenophiles will be able to taste the fruit of four of California's most delectable gay wine merchants.

November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

November 19, 2014

Cruise specialist woos pink passengers with exclusive offers – and routes to Copenhagen, Key West and Gran Canaria

'My husband had never even entertained the idea of taking a holiday on a cruise until we met,' laughs Scott Anderson, General Manager of the Luxury Cruise Company. 'But since then that's the only type of holiday he wants to do!'

November 19, 2014

Travels of Adam blogger reveals city's best queer bars, cheapest eats and where he'd take a Berlin virgin...

This week, blogger by trade and Berliner by choice Adam Groffman shows us around the German capital…

I moved here in…
...2011 as a backpacker for the gay pride parade. I spent a week here and then left to continue my Eurotrip to Prague and Vienna. But as I was planning where to go from Vienna, I realised I missed Berlin. So I got the next bus here and haven't looked back yet!

November 18, 2014

On the road with the gay dad and former Coronation Street star

He played Marcus Dent in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street – but the gorgeous Charlie Condou, 40, is equally known by many aspiring gay fathers as a parenting role model. With his Canadian boyfriend Dr Cameron Laux, 49, Charlie is a father to two children – Georgia, six, and Hal, four (Charlie and Cameron's close friend Catherine Kanter is the children's mother).

November 18, 2014

Titan hotspots London, Berlin and San Francisco battle it out to be named top LGBTI havens

We've brought you numbers 20 to 16 and 15 to 11 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 10 to six; check back tomorrow for the final five!

10. Berlin

November 18, 2014

Gay travel operators Pink Iceland share their clients' awe-inspiring wedding snaps

As Iceland's go-to gay travel and event specialists, Pink Iceland have organised more than their fair share of heart-swellingly romantic same-sex weddings – and they have the pictures to prove it. Here, the founder of this fab organisation – the lovely Eva María Thorarinsdottir Lange – shares some of the most beautiful nuptial moments ever caught on camera. Probably. Tissues at the ready...

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 17, 2014

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture

Can a queen be as sweet as marzipan, as romantic as an old ship moored in a harbour, or as elegant and smart as an old and superb medieval church? Of course she can, and you’ll discover this 'queen' is Lübeck.