by admin 5 March 2012
Gay&Lesbian travel is visible at ITB Berlin since 2003 but it became one of the established ITB segments in 2010.
In the meantime, the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion is becoming an increasingly important landmark. Thus at ITB Berlin 2012 more than a dozen exhibitors will be presenting the latest trends and products in this market on a record display area covering 200 square metres in Hall 2.1a.
In 2012, in addition to the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which with its rainbow-coloured columns will form the central part of the pavilion, there will also be numerous new exhibitors at the show.
For the first time the Brazilian Tourist Board Embratur is represented in the Gay & Lesbian Travel section with its own stand, as is the tour operator Dertour, which at ITB Berlin is also presenting the first edition of its Gay Travel catalogue. Exhibitors from Greece, Mexico, Portugal and Poland will be celebrating their debut this year. Tom OnTour, Spartacus and the publisher Jackwerth Verlag will once again be participating, as well as the Argentina Gay&Lesbian Chamber of Commerce that will be presenting “Queer Tango” on their stand on ITB Saturday.
source: official ITB website
by Thorsten Kadel 27 November 2011
Gay-ville.com is a new website to rent, compare and even sublet gay-friendly properties for ever-cheaper travel. Many times we find ourselves having trouble finding reasonable accommodations when we travel. The options are usually expensive, and they don’t always fit with the average gay traveler’s needs in terms of location, facilities, and a friendly attitude.
Gay-ville.com is a new website, launched in early June this year. Its goal is simple: to make gay tourism easier and less expensive, enabling gay people to travel as frequently and freely as they would like. How does it work? The website provides a platform of services for the gay tourist in the world’s most popular gay destinations. It focuses only on gay-friendly cities, which attract massive numbers of gay tourists all year round such as New York, Berlin, Madrid, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona among others.
The website is primarily dedicated to finding accommodations in these big cities. Hotel prices there are usually not cheap at all, especially in the center of the city and/or the gay area and during the high season, and all the more so during a gay event (such as pride or a festival) when hotels are overpriced and overbooked.
Gay-ville.com allows anyone anywhere to publish his own apartment or a room in his apartment for sublet. For example, if Dave from NYC wants to go on vacation in Barcelona, he can sublet his apartment to another gay guy in the interim, thus saving the accommodation expenses of his trip. In Barcelona he has the option to rent an apartment from Pedro, who lives there (he doesn’t have to – it’s not an apartment swap website), and it will cost him less than a hotel.
Beyond accommodations, Gay-ville provides you with all the necessary information about your destination: what to see and what to do, where the gay area is, how liberal is the city, which events and parties are taking place during your stay, gaymaps, transportation guides, tips about the city from local gays, and a local gay lingo. Eliad Cohen, Gay-ville’s VP Business Development: “We were surprised by the amount of new users in the website, who joined in a short period of time. We are certain that the website will soon grow to be one of the leading key players in the international gay travel scene, for the benefit of gays everywhere around the world.”