Asia gears up for lesbian and gay visitors -- Symposium educates Asian tourism industry -- International press trip explores “gay-welcoming” India Over 75 travel industry professionals representing tour operators, travel agencies, hotel owners, and faculty and students of a travel management institute convened at the 1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism, held at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi on 28 November. The programme was organised by San Francisco-based Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI), the global market research and consultancy firm focused on gay and lesbian communications. Attendees heard from Thomas Roth, president of Community Marketing, Abhinav Goel, co-founder of New Delhi-based tour operator Out Journeys, LGBT community leaders, and a panel of travel industry experts. Each shared insights on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) tourism from their own perspectives. The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s
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New York City has a plethora of hotels to cater to any type of traveler. I had the pleasure of recently staying at one of New York’s icons, the Marriott Marquis Times Square. The hotel is situated right in the heart of Times Square located at 1535 Broadway. If you’re coming to New York for a Broadway getaway or a boys weekend, you can’t ask for a better location. Amazing theater is surrounding you and you’re steps from Hell’s Kitchen, a popular gay neighborhood. Want to go somewhere else? Virtually every train in the New York subway is a block away. The lobby is located on the eighth floor, and even though the hotel is massive, the lobby was quiet and pleasant. I received welcoming service from the front desk agent who graciously upgraded my room so that I had a view of Times Square. After grabbing a Starbucks (there’s one in the lobby and on the ground floor), I headed up to my room, on the 36th floor. The glass elevators provided a speedy ascent and a great view of the property.