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Full Steam Ahead: China's First LGBT Cruise Launches

Full Steam Ahead: China's First LGBT Cruise Launches | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Don’t you need to get away?  Wind-whipped winter is nearly (nearly!) behind us, and what better way to embrace the summer ahead than with a cruise? Not just any cruise, mind you, but China’s first-ever LGBT cruise. 

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Enter for a chance to win a Tampa Bay getaway!

Enter for a chance to win a Tampa Bay getaway! | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Enjoy a getaway to Tampa Bay, known worldwide for its cultural diversity and welcoming nature. Play by day under bright, blue skies and experience the legendary nightlife of Ybor City after the sun goes down. 

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August 2017 Gay Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise and Land Tour

August 2017 Gay Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise and Land Tour | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
This luxury package from Brand g includes a gay Vietnam and Cambodia cruise combined with a land tour. It highlights the jewels of both countries.
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Maui a popular stop for LGBT travelers

Maui a popular stop for LGBT travelers | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

According to study, most come for the scenery, not to meet other LGBT people

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Maui is the second-most visited island for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers from the United States, but it is top amongst Canadians and third amongst Australians, according to a study released by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority in March.

Over the past five years, Oahu was the most visited island at 49 percent of U.S. participants, followed by Maui at 42 percent, Hawaii island at 37 percent and Kauai at 26 percent. Not as many had been to Lanai (3 percent) or Molokai (2 percent).

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Come learn about LGBT travel Sunday at Dallas Market Hall

Come learn about LGBT travel Sunday at Dallas Market Hall | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Come learn about LGBT travel Sunday at Dallas Market Hall
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Lincoln Road landmarks will be lit with rainbow colors to mark Miami Beach Gay Pride

Lincoln Road landmarks will be lit with rainbow colors to mark Miami Beach Gay Pride | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
The iconic parking garage and office tower that bookend South Beach’s well-known shopping destination will be lit in rainbow colors at 8 p.m. April 6, opening Miami Beach Gay Pride through April 9.
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Competition for Airbnb as other home-sharing sites target niche audiences

Competition for Airbnb as other home-sharing sites target niche audiences | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
The Irish site Homestay, OneFineStay and Mister B&B all chasing a share of the market
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#GayTravel Analysis for 2017, in preparation for #IGLTA2017

#GayTravel Analysis for 2017, in preparation for #IGLTA2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

In preparation for the upcoming IGLTA Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida coming up May 4-6, we wanted to do an up-to-date analysis of the top hashtag used for LGBT travel, which is still #GayTravel.

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Tourism authority commissions studies to attract LGBT travelers to Hawaii

Tourism authority commissions studies to attract LGBT travelers to Hawaii | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

The Hawaii Tourism Authority commissioned four research studies to better understand and attract LGBT travelers from the U.S. Mainland, Canada, China and Australia.

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Sydney's Mardi Gras | More than Glitter and Joy

Sydney's Mardi Gras | More than Glitter and Joy | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
In depth reporting from Mardi Gras 2017. I will take you into the two weeks of events and parties that make Sydney's Mardi Gras parade one of the best!
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One Less Clothing-Optional Resort in the Nude Capitol of the World

One Less Clothing-Optional Resort in the Nude Capitol of the World | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
When you enter the Warm Sands area of Palm Springs you see a lot of high walls and hedges. The reason? This area is known for its clothing optional, gay resorts. But the owner, known as Mo, of Warm Sands Villas tells us guests now have to keep their clothes on and you don't have to be gay to stay there. He did not want to appear on camera but says he made the change for financial reasons.
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Visit Britain Aims To Attract LGBTQ Tourists

Visit Britain Aims To Attract LGBTQ Tourists | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

The "Love is GREAT" campaign will incorporate native content stories, videos, cross-platform banners and promotional units, as well as social syndication.


Via Wendy Forbes
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Tourism campaign touts Toronto’s diversity

Tourism campaign touts Toronto’s diversity | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

The views are different here in “Canada’s downtown,” proclaims a new campaign from Tourism Toronto.

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Just released on Monday morning, the ad spot features ballet dancers riding the TTC, a kid flipping his bat like José Bautista, the vibrant energy of Chinatown, a Raptors game, a Drake concert and Pride weekend — all crammed in to just over a minute.

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Latest addition to Boston's travel-tech scene, Wanderful caters to women

Latest addition to Boston's travel-tech scene, Wanderful caters to women | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
In addition to hosting travel-themed summits and networking events, the startup just launched a home-sharing network for its female members.
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Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

969 hotels in the US have been revealed as the country's ultimate hotel hotspots, according to the Hotels.com.  Loved by Guests Awards 2017, where the hotel guests are the real judges... Popular LGBT hotels included Montage Laguna Beach, California, which has 4.6 stars, or the Travaasa in Austin, Texas, which has 4.6 stars.

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Playing Cupid for a Gay Friend on a (Mostly) Straight Cruise

Playing Cupid for a Gay Friend on a (Mostly) Straight Cruise | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
The Queen Mary 2 isn’t exactly a hub of gay culture. But that wasn’t going to stop me from trying to help my friend get lucky.
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Can Gay Circuit Parties Survive Equality? Asia May Offer an Answer.

Can Gay Circuit Parties Survive Equality? Asia May Offer an Answer. | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
On Saturday, hordes of gay men and other dance lovers will descend upon a club space in Manhattan for the Black Party, an edgier, kinkier underground
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For LGBTQ travelers, river cruises are the rage

For LGBTQ travelers, river cruises are the rage | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
As river cruises become more popular with gay and lesbian travelers, cruise lines are offering a wide array of LGBTQ-targeted experiences.
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Exploring LGBT-Friendly St. Petersburg, Florida

Exploring LGBT-Friendly  St. Petersburg, Florida | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
St. Pete is a quirky sun-drenched metropolis whose cultural attractions, stately downtown and LGBT friendliness are often overshadowed by other cities
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Madrid for Foodies

Madrid for Foodies | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Food and drink are essential ingredients of a sensual sweep through the witching hours; Madrileños uncork the wine and other libations with abandon.
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AllOutVacations.com - 2017 Bearibbean Cruise

AllOutVacations.com - 2017 Bearibbean Cruise | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Join the Bears of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Dallas on a exotic 7 day cruise out of the exciting Port of Galveston Texas. We will hit many exotic places such as Cozumel Mexico, George Town Grand Cayman, the Royal Caribbean owned port of Falmouth Jamaica, before heading back to our home port of Galveston. Soak in the Caribbean sun, lounge by the pools, and just have a cocktail while on the beach or sailing on a boat.

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Join in as your hosts the Bears of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, and Dallas present a fund raiser for their community work. Every stateroom sold, Cruise Planners-All Out Vacations will donate a portion of the proceeds back to these Bear chapters of the west coast. Not just BEARS are invited. We had many different people and all are welcomed and embraced by this group. Special Activities planned for 2017 Bears Caribbean cruise.

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Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS May 5-8, 2017

Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS May 5-8, 2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party Palm Springs heats up the desert valley May 5-8, 2017 bringing revelers innovative new parties, and extraordinary experiences, including totally redesigned Day Club Pool Parties at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel.

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Join tens of thousands of the hottest men from all over the world as they once again take over the entire city for the world’s premier gay dance festival – with three days of unforgettable parties and with our new title sponsors: Almar Resort and Mantamar Beach Club (Puerto Vallarta).

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Las Vegas Welcomes Fabulous LGBT Events and Visitors in 2017

Las Vegas Welcomes Fabulous LGBT Events and Visitors in 2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

The Entertainment Capital of the World welcomes LGBT visitors to special events throughout the year

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Las Vegas bolsters its reputation as the premier LGBT travel destination with a variety of thrilling special events, conferences, parties and more throughout the year. Recently awarded destination of the year by GayTravel.com, Las Vegas is extremely welcoming of the LGBT community, offering every visitor an experience they won’t soon forget.

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'Gifts from Greece' Initiative at ITB to Woo LGBT Travelers

'Gifts from Greece' Initiative at ITB to Woo LGBT Travelers | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
A new project named "Gifts from Greece" has kicked off and involves a series of international promotional activities to draw in the LGBT crowd to Greece.
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A Night Out in L.A.'s Newest "Gayborhood," Downtown Los Angeles

A Night Out in L.A.'s Newest "Gayborhood," Downtown Los Angeles | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

For decades many have considered West Hollywood the gay capital of Los Angeles. While countless young homosexuals, including myself, have turned to WeHo to sow their wild oats, others have wished for an alternative. Especially as you enter your 30s (as I begrudgingly did last year), Santa Monica Boulevard sometimes feels a little too crazy.

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Luckily for people like me, a new "gayborhood" has emerged in downtown Los Angeles. While divey Mexican gay bar the New Jalisco has been around for years, three new gay establishments all opened their doors in 2015: Bar Mattachine, Redline and Precinct. I went with some friends to check out the burgeoning downtown LGBTQ scene and explore how a night out in DTLA compares to Silver Lake and West Hollywood.

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