Atlantis Events Prepares to Celebrate 30th Anniversary Season With More Payment Options and Greater Flexibility
New partnership with Uplift gives our guests more flexible payment options
New “Play it Forward” change policy offers our guests peace of mind to book now
July 8, 2020 – West Hollywood, Calif. – Atlantis Events, the world’s largest all-gay vacations company, is excited to introduce new monthly payment options through a partnership with Uplift and new flexible change policies. This news comes as Atlantis Events prepares to celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a season of new vacations for the LGBTQ+ community including their new Superstars cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas, January 17 – 24, 2021.
Quickly adapting to current market conditions and changing customer needs, Atlantis Events added additional flexibility to their payment options and cancellation policies. Through a partnership with Uplift, the leading point-of-sale travel financing company, guests can book their vacation now and pay over time, rather than having to pay in-full up front or put down a large deposit. In addition, Atlantis’ new “Play it Forward” policy allows guests to change a booking without penalty up to 60 days prior to departure if they cannot travel.
“We know our guests are excited to travel again after an extended period of staying home,” said Atlantis Events CEO Rich Campbell. “We also know many people are trying to manage out-of-pocket expenses right now. Allowing people to spread the cost of their vacation over low monthly payments and change their travel plans without penalty provides peace of mind so that they may book their travel worry-free. We want to get people back onboard as easily as possible.”
Starting July 8, 2020, Uplift Pay Monthly will be available through the Atlantis Events Reservations Center by calling (310) 859-8800 and on www.atlantisevents.com later this summer.
“It was both wonderful to celebrate virtually and yet also a tad poignant to have to celebrate Pride virtually last month. As we look forward to traveling together again, I’m so thrilled we can announce our Partnership with Atlantis Events,” said Uplift Vice President – Commercial Rob Borden. “Rich Campbell and his team produce amazing vacations and I have personally enjoyed many Atlantis Events trips. Uplift Pay Monthly is the ideal solution, allowing guests to book the trip they want so that we can all start traveling again when the time is right.”
About Atlantis Events
Atlantis Events is the world’s largest company specializing in all-gay vacations. In 2021, Atlantis celebrates 30 years of hosting nearly 300,000 guests on over 200 unique cruises and resort experiences worldwide. Atlantis creates a unique vacation experience for its gay and lesbian guests by chartering entire cruise ships and all-inclusive resorts around the world for their guests’ exclusive enjoyment. The experience is completely customized with world-class entertainers, unique parties, original activities, and a team of talented hosts.
Uplift was founded by a passionate team of travel industry veterans to help consumers budget, buy, and experience the travel they want. Uplift Pay Monthly seamlessly integrates into their partners’ booking sites and payment processes to give travelers the freedom to finance their trip and pay over time. By reducing friction from the booking process, Uplift helps travel brands reach new customers and convert more business. Uplift Pay Monthly is offered by leading travel brands throughout the United States and Canada.
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IGLTA Builds LGBTQ+ Travel Industry Connections during Covid-19 Lockdown
7 May Online Meeting Honors Milan, Italy
MILAN (6 May 2020)—The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has provided support to its members through weekly Google Meet conversations for the past month, offering as many as 12 different group calls each Thursday. The IGLTA Members Connect Series targets various regions and travel business types (travel advisors, tour operators, CVBs, media) and is offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. On 7 May, the organization will feature Milan, Italy, which would have been hosting IGLTA’s 37th Annual Global Convention this week.
“Since IGLTA began in 1983, our Annual Global Convention has been an essential part of our LGBTQ+ tourism outreach and a highlight of our year. IGLTA Members Connect doesn’t replace in-person meetings, but the conversations our global members have shared have been really helpful—and have even helped to facilitate future business,” IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella says. “We’re disappointed that we’re not in Milan this week, and we wanted to recognize our Global Partner, ENIT (Italian National Tourist Board) and the City of Milan and give them an opportunity to share their recovery plans with our network.”
Open to all tourism professionals, the 90-minute Google Meet session will begin at 10 a.m. EDT/4 p.m. CEST, Thursday, 7 May and will include a panel discussion with Maria Elena Rossi, Marketing and Promotion Director, ENIT Italian National Tourist Board; Roberta Guaineri, Deputy Mayor for Sport Tourism and Life Quality, City of Milan; and Alessio Virgili, CEO & Founder, Sonders & Beach. John Tanzella, President & CEO, IGLTA, will moderate.
If you’d like to submit a question for the panel or learn more about the IGLTA Members Connect Series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the meeting, please visit https://www.iglta.org/members-connect.
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and advance LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in approximately 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta.
April 2, 2020
New Out & About CBD Launches Line of Wellness Products Specifically for LGBT Community
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – Few groups could benefit more from the non-addictive, natural wellness properties of CBD than the LGBT community where anxiety levels are as much as 2.5x higher than their heterosexual counterparts (Mental Health America). That’s the premise of a new Southern California start-up called Out & About CBD with the launch of its new line of CBD products this month.
Out & About CBD has raised more than $1.5 million from almost two dozen angel investors across the country who were attracted by the hyper-growth in the CBD market, a seasoned management team with a track record of success, and Out & About CBD’s differentiated “do good, do well” business model.
The company was founded by long-time brand marketing executive (P&G, Heinz, WPP) Ralph Fascitelli and Wayne Carkeek, a former retail manager at LA-based Alo Yoga. Both principals have links to the LGBT community. Carkeek, grew up in a small town in Montana, and came out shortly after a four-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Out & About CBD is committed to giving a minimum of 5% of all proceeds back to the LGBT community, a percentage it hopes will generate more than a million dollars in donations within three years. The company is a corporate partner of The Trevor Project the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. As part of the company’s launch efforts, Out & About CBD will donate 15% of all sales during the month of April to The Trevor Project. According to long-time LGBT activist and former Board President of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Matt Skallerud: “the gay community is not yet fully up to date on the many benefits of CBD and a well-focused, community-conscious, and committed business like Out & About CBD can be very successful.”
The Out & About CBD product line-up will include several traditional CBD products including:
- Both 10mg and 25mg gummies
- An energy and sports recovery drink mix – a convenient alternative to CBD water
- CBD massage oil with lavender
- CBD dog chews formulated especially for small dogs, 25 pounds and under.
Out and About CBD will sell direct via its own, ecommerce site which will be aggressively promoted in LGBT media and via LGBT influencers and on social media. The company also intends to sell to a variety of retailers in leading LGBT neighborhoods as well as wellness outlets across the U.S.
The CBD market is predicted to grow into a $20 billion dollar category by the year 2022 according to a Brightfield Group study, and has enjoyed stamps of approval from both the World Health Organization, which declared hemp-based CBD to be “a safe product with health benefits,” and the U.S. Government which classified CBD as a legal product in the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp-based CBD which is short for cannabidiol, comes from the same cannabis family as marijuana though hemp CBD contains less than 0.3% of THC, which is the addictive element in marijuana that gets one high. Out & About CBD’s hemp CBD products typically contain zero THC and are organic, vegan, U.S. farmed, and third-party tested.
CBD is at the center of the booming wellness, self-care industry due to its dual mind and body benefits. CBD can have a positive impact on our physiological functions by interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is crucial for balancing a healthy stress response, mood and sleep/wake cycles.
The typical CBD user has above average education and higher income levels than the general population, and takes fewer prescription drugs. Growth in the industry has been grassroots driven, with reported efficacy levels over 80% according to CBD user surveys. Studies also indicate almost half of people who use CBD, use it daily.
Out & About CBD
Out & About CBD’s mission is to be the CBD market leader for the LGBT community, which it believes can represent 10% of all CBD sales in a few years. They aim to do this by assuming the role of thought leader in the space and by educating LGBT individuals about the latest research on this promising anti-inflammatory, non-addictive genre of natural products. The Company’s tagline is “Love Every Day,” which aligns with an intent to bring the mind-body balance benefits of hemp-based CBD to members of the LGBT community. Retailers in the wellness space and LGBT communities should contact Out & About CBD’s Co-founder Wayne Carkeek at email@example.com.
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George Takei Makes Waves on Queen Mary 2’s Holiday Voyage
VALENCIA, Calif., February 4, 2020 – Celebrated actor, author and LGBTQ activist George Takei headlined Cunard’s popular holiday voyage on the flagship liner Queen Mary 2 as part of the luxury cruise line’s renowned Insights program in December. Catch a personal glimpse of George Takei speaking on QM2 on our new video, and find out more about Cunard’s partnership with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. See Cunard profile.
George is an activist for LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, and has won several awards and accolades for his work on human rights and Japan-U.S. relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum, where he is chairman emeritus and a trustee. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S-Japan relations.
While sailing on the 12-night Caribbean voyage, roundtrip out of New York, George and his husband rubbed elbows with QM2 guests and delivered two presentations, a Q&A, and a book signing for guests. His candid, first person accounts gave him the chance to reflect on American history and his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. In his second lecture, George regaled every guest with his storied Hollywood moments and behind-the-scenes anecdotes with some of his famous friends such as Tom Hanks, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Brad Pitt, Howard Stern, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jane Fonda.
An internationally beloved figure, George is most notably known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, in the acclaimed TV series Star Trek. His acting career has spanned six decades including appearances on the TV series Fresh Off the Boat, Hawaii Five-0, The New Normal, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Will & Grace, Miami Vice, MacGyver, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible and The Twilight Zone, among others.
Takei is the author of five books, including his autobiography To the Stars, and his latest graphic memoir, the New York Times bestseller They Called Us Enemy, which debuted in July 2019. He first sailed with Cunard as an Insights speaker in 2014 when Queen Mary 2 screened the documentary “To be Takei,” about his journey from imprisoned child to pop culture icon.
Cunard’s onboard Insights program offers guests an unmatched opportunity to learn from and mingle with captivating experts from various industries on every voyage, holding lectures and Q&As throughout the trip. Recent speakers have included Alan Cumming, Keegan-Michael Key and John Landis. In addition, Cunard is offering extraordinary special event voyages in the remainder of 2020 celebrating fashion, ancestry, astronomy, wine and more.
Cunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Awarded ‘#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ by Travel + Leisure’s 2018, 2017 and 2016 World’s Best Awards and ‘Best Service,’ ‘Best Onboard Enrichment’ and ‘Best World Cruise’ by Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2018 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.
South Africa, India and Colombia are Among the Countries Featured in IGLTA’s New LGBTQ+ Travel Guides
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South Africa, India and Colombia are Among the Countries Featured in IGLTA’s New LGBTQ+ Travel Guides
The free online resource helps travelers stay informed and safe during their trips
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (4 February 2020) — The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has published a series of LGBTQ+ travel guides, expanding the online resources it offers LGBTQ+ travelers and the travel industry at large. The 26 country guides reflect IGLTA’s diverse global membership and include destinations with progressive LGBTQ+ legislation and protections such as Iceland and the Netherlands as well as destinations where LGBTQ+ acceptance is not as widespread.
For all its rewards, travel presents additional challenges for the LGBTQ+ community given the wide variations in acceptance and laws around the globe. More than 70 countries have anti-LGBTQ+ laws so it’s particularly important for LGBTQ+ travelers—and the travel advisors who are assisting them—to be properly informed and do additional research when planning a trip. The IGLTA guides combine information on when to visit and destination highlights with LGBTQ+ safety considerations and travel tips.
“Since its founding in 1983, IGLTA has been a resource for travelers looking to find LGBTQ+ welcoming businesses around the world,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “We’ve now taken it a step further by working with our LGBTQ+ media members to create guides that will help LGBTQ+ travelers to ensure their travel experiences are not only enjoyable but also LGBTQ+ welcoming and safe.”
About IGLTA: The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and advance LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in approximately 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta.
2019 Gay Travel Awards Nominees Revealed & Voting is Open
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, the Gay Travel Awards Are Here!
WEST HOLLYWOOD, UNITED STATES, December 17, 2019 – The 2019 Gay Travel Awards℠ presented by GayTravel.com have released their list of finalists today! This year 135 nominees have been selected from across 22 categories. The full complement of finalists (in alphabetical order) are listed below:
BED & BREAKFAST/INN
Inn on the Alameda
Made INN Vermont
Mirror Lake Inn
Simpson House Inn
Advantage Rent a Car
Avis Car Rental
Sixt rent a car
Disney Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Royal Caribbean International
Banff & Lake Louise, Canada
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Dallas Purple Party
Gay Wine Weekend
Telluride Gay Ski Week
Winter Party Festival
J-Bay Zebra Lodge
Pemberton Valley Lodge
Queen’s Gardens Resort & Spa
Sky Rock Inn of Sedona
THE OMIA Mountain Lodge
33° North, Monarch Beach Resort
Fifty Mils, Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
OllaCeviche Bar, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
Rowes Wharf Bar, Boston Harbor Hotel
Whiskey Blue, W Atlanta – Buckhead
HOTEL, BEACH RESORT
Baba Beach Club Phuket
Hilton Playa del Carmen
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
W Punta de Mita
Hotel Republic San Diego
INK Hotel Amsterdam
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Old No.77 Hotel & Chandlery
The Orlando Hotel
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Center
The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Andaz San Diego
Eaton Hotel Hong Kong
New York Hilton Midtown
The Rubens at the Palace
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
W Atlanta – Midtown
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Princess Mundo Imperial
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
The Magnolia Hotel
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Cervo Hotel, Costa Smeralda Resort
Sri panwa, Phuket
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
Mandarin Oriental Miami
Meadowood Napa Valley
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
The St. Regis Mexico City
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Viceroy Los Cabos
‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Coqui del Mar
Kimpton La Peer Hotel
The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
W Mexico City
HOTEL, SPA & WELLNESS
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Douro41 Hotel & Spa
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Travaasa Hana, Maui
Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
South Seas Island Resort
UNICO 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya
White Oaks Resort & Spa
San Diego Pride
Tel Aviv Pride
Adventure Bound Tours
Machu Travel Peru
Voting is now open and qualified voters will be entered to win fabulous prizes from Gay Travel Award sponsors Andrew Christian and MËNAJI skincare. Votes can be cast by visiting www.gaytravelawards.com.
“The Gay Travel Awards support and promote LGBTQ+ travel and tourism by identifying and rewarding select organizations which exemplify a spirit of inclusiveness, superb customer service, and hospitality excellence,” said Charlie Rounds, Editor of GayTravel.com.
Voting is open through December 27, 2019.
About the Gay Travel Awards:
The mission of the Gay Travel Awards is to recognize and promote select destinations and travel-related companies around the globe. These distinguished organizations lead by example and help to inspire and challenge other companies and brands to follow their spirit of inclusiveness as well as to constantly improve their amenities and service levels for the LGBTQ+ Community.
For more information on the awards, please visit www.gaytravelawards.com.
GayTravel connects the LGBTQ+ community with gay-friendly destinations, hotels, cruises, tours, events, entertainment, attractions, clubs, and restaurants throughout the world. Their mission is to provide the community with safe, welcoming, and curated recommendations to ensure that every vacation is both pleasurable and memorable. Wherever the journey ends it begins with GayTravel.com!
For additional information, visit www.GayTravel.com or call (800) GAY-TRAVEL or follow @GayTravel on Facebook and Twitter, @GayTravelInsta on Instagram.
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IGLTA Announces Atlanta as the Host City for its 2021 Global Convention
The renowned Georgia Aquarium will welcome delegates on opening night
ATLANTA (3 December 2020)—The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has selected Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and an LGBTQ+ oasis in the southern United States, as the host city for its 38th Annual Global Convention, 5-8 May 2021. This will be the first time the city has hosted IGLTA’s premier educational and networking event.
The opening night reception, sponsored by Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held at Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States and the only marine institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks. The aquarium, a longtime IGLTA member, has presented the kickoff party for Atlanta Pride for the past 10 years. Voyage, the annual IGLTA Foundation fundraiser held during the convention, will take place under the wings of a 747 in Delta Flight Museum, courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
“On behalf of Atlanta’s entire hospitality community, we are thrilled to host the 2021 IGLTA Global Convention and welcome attendees from across the world,” said William Pate, President and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Atlanta is a progressive and inclusive city and hosting this international event will allow us to showcase what makes it a fantastic destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.”
Atlanta is home to the largest LGBTQ+ Pride event in the Southeastern U.S., as well as numerous other well-attended LGBTQ+ events, such as Out on Film, Black Gay Pride and the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. The city has a large gayborhood in its Midtown neighborhood.
“Atlanta delivers a blend of Southern hospitality and urban sophistication that sets the stage for a successful, welcoming conference,” says IGLTA Board Chair Jon Muñoz. “Our global delegates that have not yet experienced Atlanta’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community are in for a treat, and the venues the city has selected to showcase are truly world class.”
IGLTA’s board of directors determines each year’s host city through an extensive bidding process that considers the association’s diverse membership as well as the destination’s support for LGBTQ+ tourism and its desire to grow that presence. Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau has been an IGLTA Global Partner since 2013, and Delta Air Lines, headquartered in Atlanta, has been an IGLTA Global Partner since 2006.
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. The association also is a proud supporter of ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, travel advisors, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta. IGLTA’s 2020 convention will be held in Milan, 6-9 May 2020. For more information, visit igltaconvention.org.
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CAPE TOWN (22 November 2019)—WTM Africa 2020 will see the introduction of an LGBTQ+ travel event named EQUAL Africa in partnership with IGLTA. EQUAL Africa stands for EQUAL Love, Rights, Experiences & Opportunities and will be a bolt-on, full-day conference at #WTMA20, taking place on 6 April.
IGLTA is the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association, which works to advance LGBTQ+ travel globally by providing information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and demonstrating the significant social and economic impact of LGBTQ+ tourism. IGLTA’s membership includes LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, travel advisors, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries.
Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Sports Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions South Africa says that the partnership with IGLTA is another way that WTM Africa continues to track the latest international travel & tourism industry trends. “Pink travel is on the rise globally, and facilitating safe, comfortable travel for LGBTQ+ travellers to Africa’s wonderful destinations is the focus of EQUAL Africa in partnership with IGLTA,” she says.
“IGLTA is pleased to partner with WTM Africa on this initiative to expand support and visibility for LGBTQ+ travel in Africa,” says John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO. “Equal Africa is about furthering important conversations about inclusive and accessible travel into Africa for the LGBTQ+ community and opening new avenues for travellers to explore.”
Attendees at EQUAL Africa in partnership with IGLTA can also look forward to other trending topics and content shares from over 150 speakers from around the globe in six different theatres on the #WTMA20 show floor.
To find out more about EQUAL Africa in partnership with IGLTA, visit http://africa.wtm.com/. #WTMA20 takes place in Cape Town from 6-8 April 2020.
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, travel advisors, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta. IGLTA Annual Global Convention, 6-9 May 2020, Milan Italy. Igltaconvention.org
About WTM Africa
WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Nearly 5,000 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading inbound and outbound travel and tourism market. WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade Next event: Monday 6 to Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Cape Town.
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Luxury, small group, lesbian travel experiences to Peru, Croatia and Iceland offered in 2020
Toronto, Canada (October 10, 2019) – The world’s leading provider of outdoorsy and luxurious small-group excursions for gay men and lesbians is launching a trio of lesbian tours for their 2020 season. These are the first tours the company has offered specifically for women, and were created to fill a gap in the offerings for lesbian travelers. Croatia (July, 2020), Peru (August, 2020), and Iceland (August, 2020) are the first trips, with more destinations to come in 2021.
“There are only a few companies creating tours specifically for lesbians and bisexual women,” said Iris Serbanescu, a travel industry veteran who will also be hosting the company’s Croatia trip. “But none of them have put as much effort as Out Adventures to craft a female-first experience, from the moment you look online and book your trip, to when your trip ends and you board your flight home. All the details are well-thought out to ensure they resonate with this market.”
Before launching their lesbian tours, Out Adventures worked with a lesbian travel researcher and lesbian travel experts to identify what exactly travelers are looking for from a small group experience. In the end, most lesbian travelers want many of the traditional travel experiences – such as staying at fabulous hotels and visiting the Amazon and Machu Picchu – but with additional opportunities to support local women-owned and operated businesses, to have female guides, and to meet local lesbians when possible.
With these insights in mind, Out Adventures built out the itineraries based on their decade of success offering tours in these destinations, but adding a holistic, female-first perspective. To that end, all tours are hosted by a lesbian Out Adventures Brand Ambassador and all local guides are women. The Croatian trip will take place on a small, luxury, female-owned and operated yacht. In Peru, participants will eat at a restaurant owned by a female, Michelin-starred chef, and meet the lesbian owners of a cupcake shop in Lima. In Iceland, local lesbians will host a house-party to introduce attendees to Reykjavik’s women’s community.
“We’re so thrilled to finally offer these tours,” said Robert Sharp, founder of Out Adventures. “When we launched our company a decade ago, we had planned on having fully mixed groups of men and women, but we quickly learned that gay men generally prefer to travel with other gay men and lesbians with lesbians. We’ve been fortunate to have success and learn so much with our tours for gay men, but I felt very strongly that we needed to be more inclusive and offer trips specifically for women. I’m so thankful we built such a great team to develop these tours and can’t wait to welcome women to our first lesbian tours in 2020.”
For more information, please contact Tanya Churchmuch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347.701.2515.
About Out Adventures
Out Adventures is the world’s leading provider of outdoorsy and luxurious small-group excursions for the gay and lesbian community. Based in Toronto, Canada, the company celebrates ten years in business in 2019. They live by the motto, “Never Lose Your Sense of Adventure”.
FabStayz.com Recognizes Safe, Welcoming Spaces from Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway
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TAMPA, Fla. – A former Airbnb Superhost aims to remove the ‘coming out’ conundrum for LGBT+ travelers when booking accommodations through the 10+ million listings across major short-term rental platforms including Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and HomeAway. FabStayz.com brings an end to travelers having to message hosts ensuring they are ‘OK’ with hosting a gay couple or member of the transgender community. The platform’s FabHosts are recognized LGBT+Ally hosts fostering welcoming safe spaces for all.
“Travel is about fun and exploration, coming out to stranger is no way to kick-off a vacation,” says Robert Geller, Founder and CEO of FabStayz and himself an Airbnb Host. “Be your FabSelf wherever your travels take you. No more scouring listings for clues if the host is LGBT+ welcoming, an ally or member of our community. FabStayz wants to take away all the guesswork for the LGBT+ traveler.”
Geller shared that property owners listed on FabStayz will be some of the most experienced hosts who must meet the platform’s strict criteria of seven months minimum hosting on another major platform with at least 10 great to excellent reviews. Geller points out this criteria brings added security as hosts cannot join FabStayz without prior hosting experience. Additionally, all FabStayz hosts much agree to FabStayz diversity and inclusion statement.
“Our featured FabHosts are super at hosting,” exclaims Geller, playing on Airbnb’s ‘Superhost’ badges. “To date, 96 percent of featured FabHosts are allies wanting to be recognized as welcoming to the LGBT+ community. And, they’ve done so by purchasing yearly subscriptions to be featured on FabStayz.com.”
When developing FabStayz, Geller and his team also wanted to make it easy for hosts to join the site. Unique to FabStayz is that hosts do not have to create a new listing from scratch. Instead, their listing is uploaded from other major short-term rental platforms. This feature allows LGBT+Ally property owners to be listed on the site in a matter of minutes.
FabStayz beta v1.0 went live with just weeks ago with its Fab100 Hosts, the first 100 to join the platform and now has over 500 listings. Featured listings include such unique properties as tiny homes in Portland, Oregon, a castle in France, a vintage RV on a hillside in Los Angeles, a restored firehouse in Chattanooga, TN, home shares, beach front condos, and guest suites throughout the United States, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, and United Kingdom.
Additionally, a FabOffer during the site’s launch gives hosts the opportunity to experience the benefits of the FabStayz platform. LGBT+Ally Hosts with listings on Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking or TripAdvisor can get a six-month free trial subscription to be recognized on FabStayz.com.
Representing every letter of the acronym LGBT+, Geller’s diverse FabStayz team has their sights set on Airbnb’s 7M active listings in over 100,000 cities looking to gain a 3 percent foothold within its first 18 months, making it the largest LGBT+ accommodations platform.
FabStayz.com brings together LGBT+ travelers and exceptional LGBT+ Ally Hosts from vacation rental sites like Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and HomeAway. Featured FabHosts are allies supporting the FabStayz platform. They are eager to welcome members of the LGBT+ community and host their stay in a new destination. LGBT+Ally Hosts dotting the globe are applying to join the FabCommunity, elevating the guest and host experience. Community allies interested in listing their properties and LGBT+ travelers wanting to book on FabStayz for their next vacation can visit www.FabStazy.com and follow us Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.