THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY is exceptionally diverse, and nowhere is that more evident than in the creative world, where unique voices from across the spectrum find expression. One of the best ways to witness noteworthy creative work — while also enjoying some well-deserved vacation time — is to plan a trip around an LGBTQ+ film festival. These events take place in cities large and small around the globe, providing unbeatable access to a wide number of films both new and old.
In England, top film festivals include BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, which takes place in March with a variety of screenings, presentations and other events. Farther north, the Queer Media Festival in Manchester receives support from Manchester Pride, the largest LGBTQ+ pride celebration in northern England. Cinema, animation and other forms are among the featured formats for the November event.
In the United States, Los Angeles proves a logical hub for film lovers, especially during the July Outfest Los Angeles. The nation’s other big creative hot spot, New York City, hosts NewFest in October.
Film festivals blossomed around the country, as a matter of fact. Managed by Denver Film, a nonprofit cultural arts organization, CinemaQ runs each July. In Rochester, New York, ImageOut draws crowds every October and will celebrate its 28th anniversary this year with showings of established and rising talents from the world of film. Nearby, the city of Ithaca — home to Cornell University and Ithaca College — hosts Quinfolk, a film, arts and mental health festival also taking place in October, with an emphasis on queer and trans people of color.
Even the relatively small city of Sarasota, Florida, hosts an annual event that showcases LGBTQ+ films. The festively titled Fabulous Independent Film Festival takes place every September, and the Lido Beach Resort and The Resort at Longboat Key Club list among the hotel properties promoting the event to their guests. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a sunset toast on the beach after a day embraced by the flicker of the big screen.
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GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool will open in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. One of the region’s most anticipated attractions, AURA SKYPOOL will begin welcoming guests in mid-November.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
San Francisco’s The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel has a new offer honoring the history of Frederick C. Clift, the visionary behind the property. The Live Like Frederick offer includes fine amenities for four people, beginning with a two-night stay in the hotel’s Private Apartment and the connecting junior suite for quad occupancy.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.