HAPPILY, THE DAYS when major hotel chains ignored LGBTQ+ travelers are long gone. Today globetrotters looking to choose a welcoming brand will find nearly every major hospitality chain rolling out the rainbow carpet.
Take the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, for example. This iconic hotel in Puerto Rico, a few steps from the city’s biggest gay beach, offers a Pride and Joy couples offer that includes breakfast for two, airport transfers and a wine and cheese platter. The property also stages same-sex weddings in its oceanfront venues, as does the nearby AC Hotel San Juan Condado, where the rooftop serves as a picturesque spot to tie the knot.
These are just two examples of Marriott International’s dedication to serving LGBTQ+ travelers with local flair. The company also maintains a Marriott Bonvoy LGBTQ Travel microsite — traveler. marriott.com/lgbt-travel — to connect travelers with destination ideas.
Hilton Worldwide is another hotelier that aims to make the most of its appeal in key destinations with LGBTQ+-friendly options. The New York Hilton Midtown this year hosted the global convention of IGLTA, the international LGBTQ+ travel association. Among the Hilton properties boasting an LGBTQ+-targeted Long Weekender offer, it includes extras like free breakfast and late check-out. Locate more such offers when you connect with the Hilton Honors website. Hilton encourages guests to share their pride with #hiltonpride and partners with LGBTQ+ organizations including the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Indeed, supporting LGBTQ+ organizations provides an important way for hoteliers to show their support for the community. Hyatt Hotels Corp. works with various organizations, including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. And Belmond Ltd., which operates hotels, trains and cruises, supports organizations like Broadway Cares and Senior Action in a Gay Environment, in addition to offers like an LGBTQ+ family weekend at its Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Mexico.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, an IHG brand, has long been a high-profile supporter of LGBTQ+ causes, serving as the premier national hotel partner for the Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth. Parent company IHG, meanwhile, was named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality for the fifth time in a row this year, earning a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
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Hotel Indigo recently launched its Clues to the Neighborhood initiative, a fun way for travelers to discover experiences in property neighborhoods. Clues to the Neighborhood uses curated artifacts to artfully present travelers with a new look at a locale, with the hope of leading them to local museums, shops, music venues, restaurants and bars.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Travelers in Las Vegas can enjoy a new dining concept at Wynn Las Vegas starting March 19. A new restaurant, Elio, will debut, offering an energetic environment and thoughtful menu items reflecting Mexico’s rich culinary traditions. Small plates focus on seafood and produce, while entrees are shareable. A lounge offers agave-based spirits.
ForwardKeys.com found an increase of 4.5 percent in 2019 was significantly slower than the 6 percent growth in 2018 and the average over the last decade of 6.8 percent per year. The increase last year was less than expected, but projections for quarter one of 2020 is more optimistic. Bookings are expected to grow 8.3 percent when compared to the same period in 2019.
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Château Élan Winery & Resort reopened in Braselton, Georgia, following a $25 million comprehensive renovation. The first major refurbishment since the resort’s inception in the mid-1980s pays homage to the estate's 16th-century charm, while taking the property into the future. Now, the resort offers 251 brand-new guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage venues, an immersive spa, pool terrace and new lobby. The winery likewise received a facelift.