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.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Southwest Airlines is adding new flights to, from and within Hawai’i, beginning mid-January 2020. The airline will add a new daily service between Sacramento International Airport and Honolulu (HON), plus new non-stop flights between Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) and both Kauai (LIH) and the Island of Hawai’i (KOA).
The Luxury Collection welcomes its eighth property in China with the opening of Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning. The property is situated in the capital of the Guangxi Province, in a high-rise landmark building in the business district.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.