A BASIC TENET OF ANY HOTELIER is to be hospitable. And Hilton Worldwide — which owns Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Conrad and Hilton Hotels & Resorts, to name a few brands — carved one of the industry’s strongest reputations for welcoming LGBTQ+ guests as well as staff.
“An important factor contributing to Hilton’s success as an LGBTQ-friendly destination is the company’s diligence in consistently creating atmospheres of inclusion for our guests and team members, while supporting organizations important to the community and creating environments for travelers to feel safe and free around the globe,” said Andrea Richardson, head of multicultural and diversity engagement, Hilton Worldwide.
The company’s approach is visible in various ways. Once again this year, for example, Hilton took part in a variety of LGBTQ+ pride festivals and parades around the globe —including major events in New York City and Washington, D.C. In addition, Hilton this year sponsored Time to Thrive, a conference organized by the Human Rights Campaign that promotes the safety, inclusion and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth.
To showcase its welcoming environment to guests, Hilton has a Go Out travel offer, available on its website, providing guests with an array of noteworthy perks, including premium WiFi, a free one-year digital subscription to OUT magazine, two free welcome beverages and late check-out, based on availability.
Hilton also proves its gay-friendliness on the employee side, aiming for an inclusiveness that embraces diversity. The company offers inclusion resources such as an adoption assistance program, an Executive Diversity Council and an LGBTQ and Friends Team Member Resource Group. Hilton also collaborates with a number of LGBTQ+ rights organizations including the HRC, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.
The company’s positive work environment and employment practices garnered positive recognition for several years. Hilton Worldwide has regularly ranked at the top of the HRC’s corporate equity index, and in 2017 Hilton became the first hospitality company to join the Global Equality Fund, a U.S. State Department initiative that aims to protect and advance the fundamental rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world.
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:
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.
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.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
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 countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
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.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.