Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hyatt Signs On as Top-Level Partner of IGLTA

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 8, 2010)–Hyatt recently upped its commitment to global gay tourism, becoming a Platinum Level Partner of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. The hotel company is a longtime sponsor of the gay travel association's annual convention, and this new top-tier partnership further demonstrates Hyatt’s dedication to IGLTA and the LGBT community.

"Hyatt values our long tenured partnership with IGLTA and is proud to support its efforts with an increased level of sponsorship in 2010," said Salvador Mendoza, vice president of diversity and inclusion for Hyatt. "We look forward to having the opportunity to connect directly with the LGBT travelers we welcome every day."

IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella said that the agreement clearly sends the message to gay travelers that they can feel comfortable staying in a Hyatt hotel. "Hyatt keeps raising the bar when it comes to support of gay tourism," Tanzella said. "Very few hotel brands have shown this level of commitment."

IGLTA, which has staff and representatives in 17 countries, is the leading global organization dedicated to connecting businesses in the LGBT tourism industry. The association spans 70+ countries and consists of accommodations, airlines, tour operators, travel agents, destinations, media and other key players in the tourism industry.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gay Ski Week

We’ve rounded up some of the best gay ski weeks to help you find the one nearest you. Check out the list and we’ll see you on the slops!

GayWhistler Winter PRIDE: March 1-8 — The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver directly precede WinterPRIDE this year, making this our pick for gay ski week of the season. GayWhistler is even setting up a special “Pride House” for the games where gay athletes, their friends and family can meet to watch the Olympics on TV together. The house will remain open through WinterPRIDE.

Winterfest Lake Tahoe: March 7-14 — a local pick for the gays by the Bay, Winterfest attracts hundreds of skiers from San Francisco and Oakland to the Tahoe social event of the year.

Elevation Mammoth Mountain: March 17-21 — Elevation is the gay ski magnet of Southern California, temporarily transporting West Hollywood up 11,000 ft. The weekend features world-class DJs and dance parties–who knew winter could get so hot?

European Gay Ski Week: March 20-27 — this year’s event in Tinges, France, draws participants from across Europe. Pack up for a road trip and get out of the cities as you won’t want to miss this celebratory week of events and recreation. Or check out the sexy Euro Ski Pride which takes place the same week in Saalbach, Austria. Nonstop parties, an abundance of hot skiers, and a performance by Boy George–what else could you need?

If you are looking for more gay ski events, please visit our list of gay ski events located near you.