WITH ITS SUN-SOAKED coastal beaches, sophisticated vibe and lively celebrations, Australia’s largest city enjoys an especially high profile with LGBTQ travelers. “It’s a city that has it all; [it’s] lush and green, very walkable, with easy-to-use public transport and friendly locals with a positive vibe,” says Mario Paez, managing director and co-founder, Planetdwellers, a travel company that offers LGBTQ Sydney tours. “The best thing, though, is that no matter where, how or when you choose to party, the [LGBTQ-popular] Village is centered around Oxford Street, which makes it easy to have a big night out with little or no Ubering required.”
Indeed, nightlife is a popular diversion for LGBTQ visitors to Sydney. Top choices include ARQ Sydney, a large-scale dance club that hosts lots of lively theme parties. On Sundays, Paez recommends drinks at The Beresford Hotel, “with all its wall-to-wall sexy locals and mates.”
It’s easy to enjoy the sun in Sydney without traveling far. Legendary Bondi Beach is a must-see, and North Bondi is where the locals go to swim. Lady Jane Beach and Little Congwong Beach are gay-popular, clothing-optional beaches.
Paez recommends several hotels to his friends and clients. “The new Primus Hotel is simply gorgeous, with a beautiful Art Deco feel in an up-and-coming area of the city,” he says, and he also recommends the Sheraton on the Park, where “an executive Hyde Park-view room is a real treat, with views across Hyde Park; and, of course, the stunning Park Hyatt, located across the harbor from the Opera House and almost underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is a Sydney institution.”
Every year Sydney plays host to one of the most legendary LGBTQ celebrations in the world: the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, taking place in February and early March. “Sydney is a city which celebrates diversity, and there’s no better event that demonstrates this than the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which attracts over 42,000 international and domestic visitors each year,” says Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW, the New South Wales tourism organization. “In 2017 more than 100,000 spectators joined the parade celebrations to view over 190 floats and cheer on 12,000 members of the LGBTQI community who marched in the parade.”
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is opening its acclaimed doors Oct. 22 to celebrate its fifth and most exciting season. The resort will introduce new programming including culinary, fitness and music.
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.
Seabourn recently announced the name of its second new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Pursuit. The name reflects the passion of expedition travelers to seek out and explore natural wonders and destinations through activities around the globe.
Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
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.
President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
In April 2021, I was skimming Facebook when an ad for a blind-folded dining experience popped up on my newsfeed. The event was hosted through a company called Fever that offers fun, interactive events in major cities and virtually for people to enjoy. Intrigued, I clicked the link to learn more. The description made the event sound exciting and mysterious. When I give someone a present for their birthday, the holidays or a wedding, I like to give the gift of an experience that the recipient can learn something from. My boyfriend’s 30th birthday was in June, when the event was to be hosted, so I thought this would be a great surprise for him.
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.
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