IF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST enjoys a unique reputation as a progressive and naturally beautiful paradise in the United States, then Portland, Oregon, stars as one of the hubs featuring what people love best about the region. The city’s liberal, accepting vibe as well as its eco-friendly approach to life also explain why Portland is so popular with LGBTQ+ travelers.
Oregon’s largest metropolis is touting one of its latest developments. The Q Center, an LGBTQ+ community center, recently debuted the Q Makers Market, billed as the nation’s only Queer-focused artisan market. Taking place the second Saturday of every month, the event brings together vendors, food pop-ups and even live musical performances.
Travel Portland, the city’s destination promotion organization, makes it easy for LGBTQ+ visitors to plan their visits, with a robust array of listings and recommendations. Top nightlife options include CC Slaughters, a dance club that hosts a Sunday-night drag show; Hobo’s, a restaurant and lounge frequented by gay men and their friends; and Escape Bar & Grill, which draws a loyal clientele of lesbians and their allies, too.
Anyone interested in pride festivities should mark their calendar for June, when Portland Pride kicks off with a two-day festival at Waterfront Park every year. And in September, the Portland Queer Film Festival brings noteworthy works to the screen in a variety of genres. It’s actually easy to find noteworthy and welcoming events throughout the year in Portland. Among the reasons to dress up are the Red Dress Party, an annual soirée that raises funds for local LGBTQ+ organizations in May, and the Portland Queer Music Festival, showcasing the talents of local and visiting musicians in August, hosted by southeast Portland’s popular Crush Bar.
Portland is also heaven for travelers looking for stylish accommodations. New names on the scene include The Hotel Zags Portland, opened this year following a major redesign of the former Hotel Modera downtown; and the Moxy Portland, slated to debut in 2020. Top-of-the-line choices include The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel set in the historic Meier & Frank building; and the Hi-Lo, an Autograph Collection property set in the equally historic Oregon Pioneer Building.
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.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
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.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
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.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.