As same-sex marriage becomes legal and accepted in more places around the world, it’s only natural for more hotels to jump on the bandwagon and offer LGBTQ wedding and honeymoon packages.
Romantic getaways and nuptials for same-sex couples are taking place in a wider variety of international destinations, according to David Rubin, CEO and founder, DavidTravel, an upscale travel agency in Corona del Mar, Calif. “We find the honeymoons, especially for our gay clients, are getting longer, including trips like customized, ‘around the world in 80 days’-type trips,” he said.
London-based Jacada Travel reports South Africa and Indonesia are among the trending destinations for same-sex honeymoons. “Both these countries are generally very accepting of LGBTQ travelers, with top luxury offerings,” said Heather Richardson, marketing and editorial manager, Jacada.
Amenities vary, but the important thing most LGBTQ couples look for is a welcoming environment. At Costa Sur Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, marriage packages include a free wedding banquet, three hours of open bar and — for the couple — two free all-inclusive nights of accommodations, a suite upgrade and late check-out.
In Puerto Rico, the Condado Plaza Hilton this year announced a partnership with LGBTQ travel expert Andrew Collins to create a new “Coloring San Juan with Love” wedding anniversary package. The deal includes an itinerary written by Collins plus a five-course food tasting with wine pairing and a turndown service with rose petals and daily breakfast.
For an all-inclusive experience, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort and the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic offer a “Where You Want to Be Celebrating” package for same-sex couples priced at $3,500. The program includes a wedding ceremony for 24 guests and spa treatments for the couple tying the knot.
A few airlines have even jumped into the market. Alaska Airlines, for example, features an LGBTQ Destination Weddings section on its website that provides information about group rates for family and friends, as well as recommendations for LGBTQ-popular destinations.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.