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GENERAL TRAVEL NEWS ARCHIVE (links to external articles were good at time of posting)

September 25, 2011
Miami Herald - USA:
Finding a Gay Presence While Cruising Greece’s Past.  By Dan Allen.  The nerdy gay traveler in me had long longed for Greece.  My nerdy self yearned to stand on the ancient hill of the incomparable Acropolis, the place where democracy itself was born.  My gay self was equally keen to check out queer Meccas like Mykonos, the stuff of modern legends.

August 16, 2011
New England Bay Windows - USA:
My Very Gay Straight Cruise.  By Dana Rudolph.  I’d only ever done gay cruising before.  No, not that kind of cruising ― I mean the floating around on a big ship kind.  My in-laws recently took my spouse, our son, and me, plus my spouse’s two siblings and their spouses and children, on a cruise to Mexico as a way of getting the family together.  I wasn’t new to cruises, having done two with my spouse via Olivia, the venerable lesbian travel company, and one with R Family Vacations, which caters to LGBT families and allies.

August 4, 2011
Gay Times (UK) - UK:
Travel: 100 Naked Boys Dancing in a Frankfurt Basement? Go On Then.  By Jack Cullen.  Frankfurt’s gay scene is a bit like if downtown Soho set-up shop in Canary Wharf.  Rainbow flags spring out of peeling doorframes like wild flowers, set against a dwarfing backdrop of silver skyscrapers and the sublime, suspiciously large headquarters of unheard-of banks.  Frankfurt is tranquil though.  Doused in that same weekendish silence that surrounds the Gherkin here in London.

July 27, 2011
The Independent - UK:
Rio de Janeiro: The Most Gay Friendly Destination in the World?  By Nicole Froio.   The authorities in Rio de Janeiro are aiming turn the city into the most gay friendly destination in the world. The government is launching innovative projects to attract this profitable branch of tourism – but is Rio really ready to be transformed into a gay vacation paradise?

January 11, 2011
New York Times - USA:
Prague Debuts New Map Geared Toward Gay Travelers.  By Jacy Meyer.   Gay travel has been an expanding niche of the industry for years.  Prague is now taking their attempts to attract gay and lesbian tourists with a new map of the city.

January 10, 2011
The Independent - UK:
Himalayan Kingdom Throws Open Its Doors to Gay Tourists.  By Andrew Buncombe.   Gay rights activists in Nepal are hoping to attract up to 200,000 pink tourists this year as the Himalayan nation seeks to boost its coffers after years of political instability.  The authorities in Kathmandu have recently announced plans to push the promotion of tourism in 2011 with the aim of attracting up to 1 million visitors.  And with Nepal gradually becoming one of the nations in south Asia where gay and lesbian rights are most solidly enshrined in law, activists and those within the tourism industry believe gay tourism is set to take off.

January 5, 2011
Edmonton Metro News - Canada:
Prague Becoming Europe's New Gay-Friendly Capital.  By Randall Shirley.   Most of the gazillion tourists who stroll across Prague’s most-famous landmark don’t realize it, but the Charles Bridge was built for a king who may have been a “queen.” Charles IV, who was the backer of much of Prague’s exquisite 14th-century architecture, is believed by gay Czechs to have been one of their own.  Prague, it seems, has been gay-friendly for a very long time.

December 28, 2010
Xtra - Canada:
Tuk Tuks, Gay Bars & Chillin' in Cambodia.  By Noreen Fagan.   The air is heavy with heat and the lingering smells of the day.  It is nearly midnight when my partner and I walk down the dusty road, hopping on and off the pavement to avoid open sewers, discarded food and parked tuk-tuks.  As we get to the end of the street we hear the unmistakable thumping of techno music, the trademark of Blue Chili — one of Phnom Penh’s oldest gay bars.

December 9, 2010
Washington Metro Weekly - USA:
Newly Independent Island Welcomes Gay Travelers with Dutch-Inspired Diversity.  By Troy Petenbrink.   When I told friends I was going to be visiting Curaçao for a few days, it never failed that I received one of two responses.  Among the small number familiar with Curaçao, there was immediate excitement and expressions of congratulations, followed by a long list of ''must see'' recommendations.  And, in a few cases, there was a discernable spot of envy.  On the flip side, most people responded with, "Where is that?"

November 28, 2010
USA Today - USA:
Kimpton Most Visible Hotel Group Among Gay, Lesbian Travelers.  By Barbara De Lollis.   Gay and lesbian travelers voted Kimpton the most high-profile hotel chain in a new study of more than 4,700 participants.

November 20, 2010
UK Gay News - UK:
Travel: Key West Climate and Celebrations Mean Year-Round Appeal for the Gay Tourist.  Unlike other premier gay resort destinations, Key West is a place where the good times know no season and the year-round climate is as warm as the community’s welcome.  Located 159 miles southwest of Miami, at the very tip of the Florida Keys, Key West is the only frost-free city in the continental United States — featuring an average annual temperature of 77.7 degrees and sunshine nearly 365 days a year.

November 5, 2010
Fast Company - USA:
Nepal's First Openly Gay Travel Company Launches on Religious Holiday.  By Jenara Nerenberg.   Computer Scientist turned gay activist turned Parliamentarian, Sunil Pant, is the founder of Pink Mountain Travels and Tours.  He's spearheading the effort to make Nepal a gay-friendly tourist destination, and he's pressuring the conservative Hindu nation to legalize gay marriage.

October 27, 2010
Living In Peru - Peru:
Download a Free Gay Guide to Peru.   A recently published gay guide to Peru features recommended nightlife, hotels and health services.  The guide focuses on the capital city of Lima, but also recommends gay spots in cities such as Arequipa, Iquitos, Trujillo, and Cusco.  Gay-friendly restaurants, hotels and doctors are listed, while nightlife such as bars, discothèques, and saunas are distinguished as gay or gay-friendly.

October 25, 2010
Globe and Mail - Canada:
Travel: Munich’s Gay Enclave Has Become Hetero-Trendy.  By Will Aitken.   Is the slogan plastered on the Munich cigarette machine – “SO NOT BERLIN” – bragging or complaining? If Berlin is all about art and sex, Munich is more focused on design and fashion.  Nowhere is this truer than in Glockenbachviertel, a warren of twisty streets, unique boutiques, pastel-washed neo-classical façades, oddly cozy gay fetish bars and a hundred tiny cafés and louche lounges – all just a quick polka away from heavily touristed Munich Central.

October 15, 2010
Toronto Star - Canada:
Travel: Never a Dull Moment in Sydney’s Gay Scene.  By Julia Steinecke.   The crowd is screaming with enthusiasm for a pretty woman in a 1950s dress with red taffeta, who’s lip-synching, “If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake.”  By the end of the show she’s got the rolling pin sticking out of her strap-on-harness and she’s thrusting it into a pie, while the crowd treats her like a rock star.  The Supper Club, above the Oxford Hotel, is packed with lesbians, trans men and everyone in between for this Pussycat Club event, featuring burlesque by Lillian Starr.

June 2, 2010
New York Times - USA:
India Could Be Next Big Destination for Gay TouristsBy Mridu Khullar Relph.  When Bryan Herb steps into stores on his trips to India, he says, shopkeepers almost always ask whether he is looking for a souvenir for the woman in his life. A ring for his girlfriend, perhaps? What about a beautiful pink scarf for his wife?

May 10, 2010
USA Today - USA:
Red Roof Economy Hotel Chain Courts Gay and Lesbian Travelers With 15% Discount.
 The Red Roof budget hotel chain announced a new partnership with a travel group for gay and lesbian travelers.  The 350-location hotel chain this morning announced it's pairing with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

April 6, 2010
Sofia News Agency - Bulgaria:
Travel Watch: Bulgaria Is Bold and Beautiful.  Jon Fairbanks casts a "gay eye" on Bulgaria which is not exactly on the top of the list of "gay holiday destinations" in Europe ... yet it's capital boast what is probably the oldest "gaybourhood" in Eastern Europe.

January 9, 2010
The Guardian - UK:
The World's Best Gay Ski Weeks.  By Rupert Mellor.   More than 20 ski resorts around the world host gay festivals - here's the pick of the crop ...

December 21, 2009
On Top Magazine - USA:
Gay Cruise To Sail From Shanghai, China.  Add another first for Atlantis Events.  Last year, the company set sail on the first all-gay cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore with a sold-out ship, the Azamara Quest.  And soon, the West Hollywood, Calif.-based company will bring the first all-gay cruise to mainland China – along with a special $399 round-trip airfare from any continental U.S. or Canadian city.

October 29, 2009
Czech News
- Czech Republic:
Going Gay: A Queer Guide to Prague.  It was one of Prague's most popular Wednesday dancing spots, club Mecca. By midnight, my girlfriends and I had finished our rounds of the bar and lounge area and, cocktails in hand, were pushing our way through a crowd of faces and bodies half obscured by a thick cloud of artificial fog and the rhythmic patterns of multicolored lights.

May 7, 2009
The Age
- Australia:
Paradise Goes Gay to Boost Tourism.  Tahiti is promoting itself as a gay-friendly tourist destination for the first time, to help boost the tropical island's ailing visitor numbers.

May 6, 2009
YNet News
- Israel:
El Al Appeals to European GaysBy Yoav Zeitun.  Israel's national airline markets special travel packages targeting European gay community in hopes of flooding Tel Aviv with tourists ahead of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in June.

March 17, 2009
SF Gay Travel Examiner - USA:
Ireland's 'Overnight' Gay EvolutionBy Ed Walsh.  Brian Finnegan recalled going into a gay bar in Dublin 16 years ago. He had to knock on the door to get in.  A man on the other side pushed a peephole door to the side and made sure Finnegan belonged there before opening the door to let him inside.

March 15, 2009
HIV Travel - Germany:
HIV Travel InformationIf you are HIV positive travelling to another country is always a challenge knowing whether you need a visa, can you enter the country,  can you bring medication, can you get travel insurance and more.  An invaluable resource.

January 6, 2009
Travel Trade Gazette - UK:
Alternative Holidays Cancels Ski EventBy Kay McLellan. 
Alternative Holidays, the gay-themed events organiser, has revealed that general manager Tony Manson has left the company with immediate effect, forcing the cancellation of its 2009 ski week.

September 29, 2008
UK Gay News - UK
Gay-Friendly Airline Endorses the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)American Airlines, the world’s largest airline and a founding member of the ‘oneworld Alliance’, has written Congress a letter of support for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which is currently under consideration. 

September 26, 2008
Gay Wired - USA:
Desert Spa Adventure: Los CabosBy Pristine desert meets turquoise sea at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

September 8, 2008
UK Gay News - UK
Gay Holidaymakers Find Pink Pound ‘Pinched’ The cutting of customers’ credit limits by banks in the UK is having an impact on holidays, the specialist gay travel company Mantrav International claims.

September 7, 2008
Fairbanks News Miner - USA:
Travel:  Fairbanks Tour Guide Finds Niche in Gay, Lesbian Market Token straight guy Matt Hage, who works as a magazine photographer based in Anchorage, joins a dozen guests on a week-long tour with Out in Alaska, a guide service that specialises in adventurous trips for gay and lesbian travellers.

August 21, 2008
Lesbian & Gay Travel
Gay Friendly Hotels in IndiaTalking about the Gay and Lesbian friendly hotels in India, there are not just hotels, which warmly welcome you with an acceptance for the same sex relations, but also there are hotels that are owned and run by Gay and Lesbian population in India.  (Lesbian & Gay Travel is a "newish" blog site on Wordpress)

August 20, 2008
UK Gay News - UK
Gay Friendly American Airlines Launches In-Flight Mobile Broadband Internet.  American Airlines, the first US airline to target the gay community, chalked-up another ‘first’ today when it launched an in-flight broadband Internet, developed by Aircell’s Gogo, facility for passengers.

June 15, 2008
Sunday Times - UK:
Travel:  Star-Spotting in Palm Springs
Coachella Valley, where the Hollywood stars often play - and enclaves like Cathedral City have gay resorts. This article is not specifically on gay Palm Springs.

March 10, 2008
UK Gay News - UK
International Gay Travel Leaders Condemn Jamaica’s Anti-Gay Climate.  Condemnation of Jamaica’s climate of fear, hatred and hostility towards all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has come today from the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

March 10, 2008:
World Radio Switzerland - Switzerland: 
Swiss Company Bringing 'Attitude' to Hotel IndustryBy Alex Helmick.  A new Swiss company wants to become the go-to place for gay and lesbian travelers. Attitude Hotels, based in Zurich, is a membership organization that launched last week, offering gay and lesbian travelers insights into hotels geared towards them around the world. (Includes link to audio report)

March 7, 2008
Los Angeles Times - USA: 
Palm Springs' Image in Book Creates Uproar By Scott Gold.  Subtlety is not always a hallmark of Palm Springs' gay community. But then, unlike in many towns, it doesn't have to be. As many as half of Palm Springs' 40,000-or-so adult residents are gay; it has become, some locals contend, the gayest city in America.

January 19, 2008
New Site for Gay and Lesbian HolidaysA new holiday booking and travel advice website is being launched for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  PlanitGay.com aims to make it easy for the lesbian and gay community to find and book gay friendly holidays.

December 24, 2007
The Advocate - USA:

Still Where the Boys AreThe Fort Lauderdale tourism board, looking to soften the city’s image after a tough year, invites Advocate associate editor Neal Broverman to experience its sun-drenched virtues.

December 23, 2007
Travel: Strip Off, Lose Your Inhibitions and Bronze Your Bum at Sandy BayBy Biénne Huisman.  If you dare to go bare for an all-over tan, Sandy Bay in Cape Town is the place to be.  The beach attracts a varied crowd: families, couples and loners of all races, and is especially popular with the Mother City’s gay crowd.  (The Times, South Africa)

December 11, 2007
Camp Camping in the Summer SunBy Matt Akersten.  Over 1,500 campers are expected at Manawatu's LGBT campsite Vinegar Hill for New Years Eve 2007-8, and a huge number of gays and lesbians will head to Uretiti Beach in Northland for some beachside fun in the sun.  (GayNZ - New Zealand)

October 31, 2007
Minimalism, Torsos and Tango: It Must be Argentina's First Luxury Gay HotelBy
Rory Carroll in Buenos Aires.  The receptionists are slender young men in sleek suits, the brochure features chiselled male torsos, the rooms are soundproofed and stocked with condoms and every now and then Judy Garland croons in the bar: welcome to Latin America's first luxury gay hotel. (The Guardian - UK)

June 29, 2007
Worldwide Gay Ban on Novotel, Accor Hotels Urged By Thai Group.  Commentary It was a total shock to hear yesterday, through a Reuters agency report, that a transvestite had been refused entry to the Novotel Hotel in Bangkok.

March 20, 2007

Gay Japan Exploring Queer Spirits.  Author Masashi Harada has published a travel guidebook with a difference on Japan with a definite twist.

November 13, 2006
Get Your Skates On For Alternative Holidays’ Exclusive Gay Ski EventAlternative Holidays have announced the eagerly-anticipated details of its 2007 Gay Ski Event.

September 26, 2006
Canadian Website Selects World’s Best Gay Bars.   Sidetrack in Chicago, I-Candy in Los Angeles and Boom in Minneapolis are among the top 10 gay and gay-friendly bars in the United States, according to the GayBar.com website.

June 20, 2006:
UK Gay News - UK
Two Adrenalin Filled, Dance Fuelled Gay Weekends Announced.  Forget Florida and the ‘Gay Days’ at Disney World.  The Tussauds Group, who operate Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, has set aside days in September specifically for gay men and women – and their friends.

April 25, 2006: 
UK Gay News - UK
World’s First Guide to Gay and Lesbian Life in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Which country is home to Asia’s fastest growing openly homosexual sub-culture?  Would you believe tiny Singapore?

April 10, 2006: 
UK Gay News - UK
Travel:  Where the Boys Are This SummerThis year’s sensational event takes place from September 24 to 01 October 1 in Bodrum, on Turkey’s Aegean Coast.

March 7, 2006: 
UK Gay News - UK
Gay Travel Group Man Around Group on Acquisition Trail  The Man Around Group has acquired the German travel business Ulla Kartner, it was announced yesterday.  The acquisition means that the German market is added to the Group’s activities in the UK, Italy and Spain.