Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New York City To Host 2019 International IGLTA Global Convention

NYC Also Home to WorldPride 2019, in Conjunction with 50th Anniversary of Historic Stonewall Uprising

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) today announced that New York City will host IGLTA’s 2019 Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender tourism industry. More than 600 participants are expected to attend the three-day convention in spring 2019.

2019 marks a pivotal moment in the City’s history, with the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising, widely considered the catalyst of the modern LGBT rights movement. Last week, President Barack Obama designated 7.7 acres of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village – including the Stonewall Inn – the Stonewall National Monument, the newest addition to America’s National Park System and the first national monument to gay rights. In celebration of the anniversary, New York City will also be home to WorldPride 2019, an expanded two-month series of events and programs alongside NYC Pride’s annual events.

“In 2019, New York City will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and IGLTA has chosen to share this celebration with the global LGBT travel industry,” said IGLTA Board Chair Juan Julia. “Our members will be able to attend a great conference and also experience New York City's incredibly vibrant LGBT community. Rich with history and the cachet of being the city that never sleeps, there’s never a shortage of things to do in New York City, whether you're looking for theater, film screenings, museums, restaurants or world-class gay bars and clubs.”

The announcement comes on the heels of New York City’s annual Pride celebration, which took place June 19-26 and is among the most popular in the world. Each year, millions of people participate in events including The March, PrideFest, Dance on the Pier, and The Rally.  

“We are thrilled that in 2019, just months before the 50th anniversary of the historic events at Stonewall, New York City will be home to IGLTA’s Annual Global Convention,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We look forward to showing IGLTA’s membership exactly what makes New York City the most vibrant and welcoming LGBT destination in the world.”  

According to Community Marketing, Inc., New York City is the #1 LGBT destination in the United States.

About NYC & Company
NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.

About IGLTA
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to expand LGBT tourism globally for the benefit of travelers and its members. The association also is a proud supporter of ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. IGLTA membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 70 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Music & Matchmaking Festival 2016


Planning a trip to Europe this year?  Looking to jump head first into a music-laden, fun-filled LGBT weekend in the Irish countryside?  Then look no further!  From October 7-9, 2016, The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Music & Matchmaking Festival, now in its 4th year and growing, features pop-up clubs, drag performances, comedy, live music, arts, a literary/film festival and interactive events.  It's a guaranteed craic-filled weekend away on Ireland's stunning west coast, on the Atlantic Way.

“An LGBT weekend away like no other”, according to festival host Panti Bliss, The Outing is a fusion of music, comedy, ceilĂ­ bands and some of Ireland’s & International best DJs, performers and drag artists. But don’t forget why you’re in Lisdoonvarna in the first place. This is a matchmaking festival and you’re looking for love or friendship!

Their entertainment line-up this year includes the Irish girl group, B*Witched, as well as Thea Austin, former lead singer of SNAP! and Rhythm is a Dancer.  In addition, the high queen of Ireland, Panti Bliss, will be performing, as well as Jonny Woo, the queen of London's alternative drag scene.

The Outing has quite an interesting history... it was a totally new concept in 2013, having tied into the long-running Traditional Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival started 157 years ago.  This festival runs over five weekends and for the very first time in 2013, the festival had dedicated its first weekend to the LGBT community.

A weekend like this wouldn’t be complete without a night full of clubbing! And these aren’t just any club nights! They’re bringing attendees a selection of Ireland’s and Europe’s best gay clubs and taking them on tour. Expect the unexpected, and not just in one but four venues and clubs. On these nights, there will be a battle between several DJs, sexy stage dancers and fire eaters. Entertainment for one and all!

To get a better sense of what's in store, check out the article in The Guardian from 2015, highlighting  some of the day to day activities and shenanigans!
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/oct/15/ireland-county-clare-gay-matchmaking-festival


Huffington Post also wrote an article last year, focusing on Ireland's gay history as LGBT rights continued to go mainstream, written by Karel Bouley.  The HuffPo team were part of a media trip that included touring Ireland's famous LGBT sites, including the monument to Oscar Wilde and exploring the Temple Bar area in Dublin.  You also get a sense of the pioneering work Eddie McGuinness has put into this event from its creation in 2013.


So check out their site at http://www.theouting.ie to learn more and to book your trip today!

And check out the following videos from The Outing 2015, which should further whet your appetite for the excitement and fun heading to Ireland this year!

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