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Vote For Sweden in the 2013 Out Traveler Awards

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Sweden is a nominee in the category for Top Global Destination when it comes to offering LGBT travelers the best combination of access, entertainment, hospitality, acceptance, and affordability.


Out Traveler describes Sweden as the following:

Sweden
Open-minded and welcoming, Sweden is the center of Scandinavia. A great city best explored on foot, Stockholm is a relaxing getaway that caters more to the cafĂ© culture than the clubbing lifestyle. But the capital city’s architecture and history aren’t the only draws; the rest of the vibrant country offers a host of activities from wildlife safaris to winter ski trips. Sweden is a country known for its progressive LGBT views and legislation, and its fusion of art, culture, and cuisine make it a top draw for any traveler.

Polls close around December 11, with winners announced the week of December 16. Get voting, travelers!

To read more about Sweden as a LGBT destination go here:
http://gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com/

Watch the Glorious Stockho…

Seattle LGBT Visitors Center Opens Friday

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City’s LGBT community opens its arms to leisure travelers, newlyweds and convention groups, underscoring Seattle’s reputation as a premier LGBT destination

Thursday night the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) will unveil its new Seattle LGBT Visitors Center on Capitol Hill to a select group of Tourism industry professionals. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) visitor center, is Seattle’s first and one of just two such visitor centers in the U.S. The Center will open to the public on Friday, July 19.

     The visitors center is hosted by 1st Security Bank different and is a project of the GSBA. The 200-square-foot visitors center features a street-side space located at the bank’s 614 Broadway E branch. The center is staffed part time and offers a wide array of Seattle visitor information and services including brochures, visitor guides, maps, a 60” TV screen with scrolling information and access to www.travelgayseattle.com, the GSBA web travel portal.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: BRANSON, MO - "Entertainment Capital of the Midwest"

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By Donald Pile and Ray Williams

Branson  is located between Kansas City, St. Louis, Little Rock, Tulsa and Memphis.  Unless you are driving you will need to fly directly into Branson or Springfield, Missouri.  FISK LIMOUSINES, www.fisklimo.com   has been serving the Branson and  Springfield area for over 30 years and they are the best of the best.  They will take care of all of your traveling needs in the area.   There are literally dozens and dozens of motels and hotels in Branson and like any other tourist destination, it is always best to go during the week.  The surrounding area of Branson has a lot of lakes to enjoy however most people go to Branson for the LIVE SHOWS ! and there are dozens of them ranging from cornball  comedy acts to sensational Broadway types of production and individual headline stars.   A few that we particularly enjoyed were:

RED:  Tom Mullica's Red Skelton Tribute.  This show was one of the FUNNIEST comedy routines that we have seen in years!  It is tr…

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE GENERATES $9.0 MILLION TO THE PROVINCE OF BC

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Signature Winter Festival in Whistler generates $9.0 MILLION in Gay Tourism 

The twenty-first annual GayWhistler WinterPRIDE - Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard week took place on February 3-10, 2013 and attracted visitors from around the world. Approximately three thousand gay and lesbian vacationers from 28 nations descended on the region with their friends over the eight day, sixty five events at the award winning ski resort of Whistler, BC, Canada.

This year the Resort Municipality of Whistler commissioned an economic impact study to better understand the overall value of the festival.  The report found spending made by participants, spectators and event organizers generated $9.0 million in economic activity for the Province of British Columbia.

Economic Activity
Total Industry Output representing direct and indirect expenditures generated by the event.
- Total to Province of British Columbia: $9.0 million
- Total to Whistler: $4.8 million

Jobs
Spending associated with the event suppo…

Saugatuck-Douglas to Host First LGBT International Fam Tour

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As excerpted in Grab Magazine (http://www.grabchicago.com/), 'The Saugatuck-Douglas area will host its first international LGBT Familiarization tour from Sunday, May 5, 2013 through Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The tour, which will take place following the 30th anniversary global conference being held by the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) on May 2 & 3, 2013 in Chicago, Ill., is being sponsored by Great Lakes USA in cooperation with IGLTA and the Douglas Dunes Resort.

According to Mike Jones, project coordinator and coowner of the Dunes Resort, "The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention is the world's premier educational and networking forum for the LGBT tourism industry. On May 2-4 they will celebrate the history of LBGT travel and pave the way for future growth. We are delighted that they have included our area as a highlighted destination." '



Read the full article at:
http://www.grabchicago.…

Jonathan Gatz Fitness Teaming with IGLTA in Chicago

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Jonathan Gatz Fitness Trainer To Our Heroes LLC, a gay-owned and operated fitness and tourism related business headquartered in Chicago, is proud to be the official fitness tourism partner of IGLTA’s 30th Annual Global Convention in Chicago, May 2-4.  IGLTA’s convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry. “Chicago is quickly becoming a city known for its progressive fit-minded attitude and a healthy way of life.  Our programs connect conferences, conventions, tourism and special events to fitness.  We also highlight our city’s beautiful architecture, history and especially our diverse community with additional fitness walks and jogs while touring the city,” explains lifelong Chicago resident, Jonathan Gatz, ACE Certified Trainer and President of Jonathan Gatz Fitness. CEO & Manager Tom Nibbio adds, “Everybody has to constantly evolve, personally and business-wise in order to reach new goals and be successful.  Therefore we take …