Ever since the modern gay rights movement was born following the Stonewall riots of 1969, annual gay pride celebrations have provided an important symbol of LGBT visibility and progress in an ever-growing number of cities around the world. And this year is no exception. In North America, top destinations for LGBT pride celebrations include New York City, where this year’s NYC Pride takes place June 19–26, with top draws including the official March, PrideFest and Dance on the Pier. Also big on the calendar is Pride Toronto, which this year celebrates a number of firsts: It’s the first time the event has been extended to fill the entire month of June, the first time the rainbow flag — a symbol of the LGBT community — will fly over City Hall and the first time a sitting prime minister will participate in the pride parade. The largest overall LGBT pride celebration in the world continues to be the Parada do Orgulho LGBT (LGBT Pride Parade) in São Paulo, Brazil, which attracts more than 4 million participants and viewers. This year’s celebration takes place the first week in June, with the main parade June 5. Also noteworthy in Latin America is the Marcha del Orgullo Gay in Mexico City, which — while much smaller than São Paulo’s event (last year attracting about 100,000 people) — nevertheless boasts a festive spirit, with a parade and concert on the last Saturday in June. Across the Atlantic, the most international LGBT celebration, EuroPride, takes place in a different city every year. This year, Amsterdam plays host, with more than 200 events scheduled for July 23–Aug. 7, including the European Human Rights concert and the Canal Parade with some 80 LGBT organizations participating in a photo-worthy procession of floats. Every corner of the world offers its own version of an LGBT pride celebration. In the Middle East, the largest such gathering takes place in Tel Aviv June 1–4, while the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras slated for March 2017 is Australia’s colorful contribution. WorldPride, a global celebration organized by InterPride, an international organization that aims to empower local gay pride organizations, will happen in Madrid in 2017.
Southwest Airlines is cutting almost 20 non-stop routes as of January 2020. The airline says the move will allow it to focus its efforts on top destinations. The airline announced the move last month, with flights from Boston (BOS), Dallas Love Field (DAL), Los Angeles (LAX) and Orlando (MCO) seeing the most cuts.
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.
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva now offers its Royal Penthouse suite, one of the largest in the city at nearly 3,500 square feet, with an additional 1,800-square-foot terrace.
For any traveler interested in backcountry camping, wilderness exploration or any other type of outdoor adventure, REI now offers a wilderness safety training course to the general public. The programming is in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes place on weekends and is “ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.”
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.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.