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.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
As of November 2022, Rohrkopfhutte (mountain hut) on Germany’s Tegelberg mountain reopened, and the dream view from the terrace, of the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau and the stunning Schwangauer Alpsee, can be seen in the valley below.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
Palm Springs became a destination of legend when Hollywood’s biggest and brightest during cinema’s “Golden Age” turned the desert community into their glamourous backyard. While restaurants and hotels epitomizing definitive Palm Springs luxury open, adapt and change with the times, it says something that one of its hottest restaurants sets up an outpost back in Los Angeles. And that’s exactly what chef Michael Beckman and restaurateur Joe Mourani did on the southern tip of the always-evolving Fairfax District.
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Six Senses recently announced plans to open its first Australian property in Burnham Beeches, a heritage mansion built in 1933 and situated on the 22 hectares of fern glades and forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges. The property lies 24 miles from Melbourne and neighbors Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, one of the country’s finest examples of domestic Art Deco.