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.
The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool will open in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. One of the region’s most anticipated attractions, AURA SKYPOOL will begin welcoming guests in mid-November.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.