Whistler Pride 2018 Was Over The Top With LGBTQ Influencers In The Mix

This year, we had the opportunity to be a part of Whistler Pride 2018 (#WhistlerPride2018), produced by Dean Nelson and the folks at Tourism Whistler, with a wide variety of incredible partners along the way.

Whistler Blackcomb welcomes back the 26th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival with 60CM of fresh POW! Get... — Dean Nelson 🏳️‍πŸŒˆπŸ›« (@GAYWhistler) January 21, 2018
Before the event even started, we put together a mini-LGBTQ Influencer and New Media Conference... Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media presented on some of the latest in LGBTQ Digital Marketing in 2018, including some updates on the #ILoveGay network.  We then launched into a panel with some of the LGBTQ influencers Tourism Whistler was hosting for this event, including the Nomadic Boys, Kit Williamson and John Halbach of Eastsiders TV, the Couple of Men,  and Vancouver new media socialites Josh Rimer and Barb Snelgrove.

Loving the #socialMedia influencers panel and learning what channels th…

Matt & Richard Explore Southeast Arizona

Since our last trip took us from Phoenix north through Sedona and the Grand Canyon, we decided on this trip we would head south, using Tucson as our base!

After fueling up at the Taco Guild Gastropub in Phoenix, where the taco varieties are INSANE, we headed south, road tripping towards Tucson.  Richard is amazing with both finding great travel deals, and maximizing the world of status and points, so we chose the JW Marriott Starr Pass resort, based upon a combination of utilizing his points and status at one of the nicest properties in this part of Arizona! After checking in and getting settled, we headed down to the patio outside to enjoy a sunset cocktail, as well as the resort's tradition of welcoming the sunset with a special tequila toast.

Not a bad way to end a Friday. #Tucson #Arizona #USA #Travel #DesertBeauty #DirtyMartini #Sunset #Wanderlust #JWMarriottTucson #Romantic #Husband πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ A post shared by Richard Brower (@rb4136) on Jan 12, 2018 at 4:25pm PST

Richard is also…

Destinations, Tourism & Hospitality: Working with LGBTQ Influencers & Digital New Media in 2018

Join us November 1-3, 2017 in San Francisco, where we'll be with a few hundred of our closest LGBT travel friends learning and networking about some of the latest trends and topics in LGBT tourism & hospitality, all thanks to the folks at Community Marketing & Insights.

Be sure to stay through to the last presentation on November 3rd, right before lunch... we'll have an excellent mix of panelists from the world of LGBTQ influencers and digital media, where we'll be discussing some of the latest trends and topics related to how a destination and other tourism-related organizations can promote themselves using some of the latest technologies in 2018!

Matt Skallerud
Pink Banana Media
New York City, NY

LGBT Online Marketing & Advertising Professional
Ravi Roth
Ravi Round The World
New York City, NY

Gay Travel Vlogger
Shane Ortega
Los Angeles, CA

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Hey Tourism & Hospitality Professionals, Where Are Your LGBT Travelers Now?

OK, so you're a traveler, LGBT or otherwise.  You've decided you want to go to St. Petersburg, Florida on vacation.  So now what?  What do you do?  Where do you go in your research and what resources do you use in order to plan your vacation?  Next step... so OK, now you're there... you've landed and you've taken a taxi or Uber to your hotel.  So again, now what?  You're hungry, but first you want to meet up with your friends for a cocktail.  What do you do?  How do you as an LGBT traveler determine where you want to go for that drink, your dinner and then out that evening with your friends?  Are you bringing a trusted FunMap, Damron or Spartacus Guide in your pocket?  Are you using specific LGBT travel websites, or perhaps their mobile website or an LGBT travel app to plan your evening?  Or perhaps are you simply Googling "gay bar" or better yet, simply "wine bar" or "best happy hour" and letting your phone do all the work, compi…