As the first major city in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage (in 2010), Mexico City offers a natural hub for Mexico’s LGBT community — as well as a bustling destination for international business, culture, art and cuisine. And it’s one of the most fascinating cities in Latin America for LGBT travelers.
The logical first place to start an LGBT tour of Mexico City is the Zona Rosa (the Pink Zone), home to the greatest number of bars, restaurants and shops that cater to LGBT locals and visitors. Find the largest concentration of gay bars — albeit for a younger crowd — on Calle Amberes. The nearby gift shop Rainbowland is a good place to get information on the latest events and parties. On Calle Florencia choose from a small but diverse group of bars and dance clubs, including the tiny Elegante, featuring lively drag shows; El Nicho, which bills itself as a leather bar but welcomes all ages and types; Vaqueros, a gay cowboy bar; and El Almacén, one of the city’s longest-running gay bars, sitting atop a small dance club called Cabaretito Neón.
If you’re looking for a full-service hotel with reasonable rates in the Zona Rosa, consider the Galeria Plaza Reforma, a 434-room property that’s a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. With recently upgraded guestrooms, a refurbished rooftop pool and the attractive new restaurant Almara — plus a well-equipped business center and meeting space — it proves a good choice for business travelers as well as anyone looking to be close to LGBT nightlife.
For even more luxury, move a few blocks away to The St. Regis Mexico City, likely the city’s most sumptuous hotel. The property sits on Paseo de la Reforma, the broad boulevard that slices through several important neighborhoods.
For a quieter vibe with a residential feel, top hotel picks include the luxurious Hippodrome and trendy Condesa DF, both set in former apartment buildings in the Condesa district, a neighborhood popular for its peaceful parks and fine dining. Nearby, the area called Roma Norte doesn’t offer much in the way of hotels but has plenty of great dining and shopping options, especially along Álvaro Obregón Avenue.
Mexico City’s biggest annual LGBT event is the gay pride march and festival, taking place on the last Saturday of June every year, with a festive parade down Paseo de la Reforma followed by a musical festival in the Zócalo, the city’s largest square. The LGBT travel section on Mexico City’s Secretary of Tourism website includes a handy downloadable neighborhood guide in English and Spanish.
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:
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
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.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
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.