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Lords Pops Big Apple

Lords South Beach celebrates NY Pride, polar bear and all

The Lords South Beach is making a colorful splash on New York’s Lower East Side this gay pride.  From June 18-24, Miami’s gay boutique hotel will invade the Hotel on Rivington, creating New York City’s first ever Pride pop-up hotel:  Lords New York.

And pop it will.  The Lords New York will feature a hot pink lobby, a New York version of the Lords South Beach beloved polar bear sculpture, and pop art portraits of Elizabeth Taylor (who watches over guests in every room of the Miami property).

The Lords New York is also bringing the party up north.  The Lords Penthouse series will occupy the Owner’s Suite of the Hotel on Rivington to host “Proud to Party”–a fetish beach party–with DJ Vito Fun on Friday, June 22.  The next morning, the hotel joins OUT Magazine in hosting the “Proud to be Creative” brunch at the hotel’s CO-OP restaurant with food, drink, music, and a special art installation.

The Lords New York at the Hotel on Rivington LGBT Pride Package Includes:

  • 15% Savings off the Best Available Rates
  • Exclusive access to the “Proud to Party” event on Fri., June 22nd
  • 2 welcome cocktails in CO-OP Food & Drink
  • Lords New York welcome gift bag
  • Priority reservations to the “Proud to be Creative” Brunch on Sat., June 23rd

Want to make more of an impact on our community?   Put your money where your pride is.  The Lords is introducing a New York version of its “Rooms that Matter” program.  Upon check-in, guests can choose to donate $10 to either the Aqua Foundation or Hetrick-Martin Institute. Last year, a similar Lords South Beach program raised over $10,000 for designated LGBT charities.

For more information on all the events or to book your reservation, visit LordsNY.com.

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The Week in Travel (5/4/12)

Photo courtesy of Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam

The world of travel moves fast!  Let’s keep up, together.  Today, Traveling IQ launches the first installment of “The Week in Travel” series, featuring noteworthy travel stories from the past week:

*LGA is the bottom!  Sorry New York, but La Guardia has been ranked “America’s Worst Airport” by Travel & Leisure readers.  Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) has been crowned the top. (via Travel & Leisure)

*Dude, where’s my Amsterdam?  A Dutch court has upheld the ban on selling marijuana to tourists.  The proposed members-only “weed pass”, which limits the sale of marijuana to Dutch residents over age 18, is potentially rolling out  Jan. 1, 2013. (via USA Today)

*The ship of dreams (again?!).  Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself:  An Australian billionaire is planning to build a modern-day replica of the Titanic.  The maiden voyage is being planned for 2016 and will follow the same route as the original, from England to New York.  (via USA Today)

*In gay news, the NYC Pier Dance is moving indoors.  One of the most popular New York City Pride events, the Dance on the Pier, which has traditionally been held outdoors on Pier 54 is moving to the covered Pier 57.  Pier 54 has been deemed structurally unsound.  (via Next Magazine)

*In China, it really is a small world after all.  Now, you can walk from Britain to Spain and never leave Shanghai, where themed housing developments  are replicating famous cities from around the world.  (via Weird Asia News)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.

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Miami Beach Gay Pride Photos

One of the earliest, hottest, and most diverse Pride celebrations kicks off the season this weekend with the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, April 15.

The weekend is packed with block parties, dance parties and pool parties as only Miami can offer.  For all events and information visit MiamiBeachGayPride.com

And to get you in the mood, here’s a photo tour of last year’s festivities:

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South Africa’s Wild Side(s)

There is wild and then there is wild.  From February 27 to March 4, Extraordinary Journeys Africa, the organizers of luxury, customized safaris on the continent, will help you unleash a bit of both by living the wild life at Cape Town Gay Pride and viewing the wildlife at the Madikwe Game Reserve.

The tour begins with four nights at the gay-owned, boutique hotel, Kensington Place, just steps from the party-popular Kloof Street.  From here guests can experience Cape Town’s nightlife and Gay Pride events, as well as trips to Robben Island, the 4,000 year old prison now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sea kayaking with African Penguins, and a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.

Your adventure continues via chartered flight to Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge for a three-night stay.  The luxurious (and also gay-owned) lodge consists of only five villas, each with its own splash pool for ultimate privacy.  While in Madikwe you’ll have access to elephants, lions, monkeys and more than 300 square miles of game viewing in South Africa’s newest reserve.

A leader in luxury safaris, Extraordinary Journeys Africa has specifically designed this 8-day-tour to explore the unique contrasts of South Africa… because there is fierce and then there’s fierce!

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Gay & Lesbian Tourism Report

How does the gay community travel?  Last week, Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI) released the results of their 16th Annual Gay & Lesbian Tourism Report, compiled from polling over 10,000 self-identified gay and lesbian consumers.  The company estimates the annual economic impact of LGBT travelers is, in the United States alone, over $65 billion per year.

Here are some of their key findings for North American LGBT travelers:

  • Overall, the LGBT community has increased their travel in the last year, compared to the year before. Most destinations surveyed increased LGBT travel by 1 to 3% in the past year. This is in contrast to the last two years, which saw a decrease in LGBT travel due to the global economic recession.
  • CMI’s annual destination rankings did not see much change from the previous year. However some cities did see a more significant increase. New York City has always been the number one LGBT destination in the USA and the city has slightly increased its lead. New Orleans continues to gain visitors and is approaching pre-Katrina rankings. Miami continues to trend upwards and has jumped back into the top ten for USA destinations on the survey.
  • New York City scored #1 in all three key indicators; actual visits to the destination in the past 12 months, most gay-friendly destination in the world and personal favorite destination. Las Vegas, San Francisco and London also scored well in all three indicators.
  • Considering their size and number of hotel rooms, Provincetown, Key West and Palm Springs scored extremely well in all three indicators. If you would analyze the data by number of hotel rooms in a destination, these three destinations would be the most popular in the United States.
  • LGBT travelers, and especially gay men, are much more likely to describe themselves as “urban core travelers” than “eco travelers” or “outdoor adventure travelers.”
  • Survey results suggest the mid-range market is the biggest group among LGBT travelers, followed by economy/budget, and then luxury.
  • The LGBT economy/budget market is larger than many people assume. More LGBT travelers consider themselves to be economy/budget travelers than luxury travelers, indicating an opportunity for every tier of travel marketers.
  • Once gay men or lesbians have children, family-friendly travel preferences become more important than LGBT-friendly travel preferences by a 2-1 margin.
  • Attending LGBT events are key motivators within the LGBT community, generating a high number of hotel nights.  On average, gay men and lesbians spend three nights in a destination when traveling for an event.
  • “Gay Pride” is still a significant travel motivator for LGBTs under 35.  The younger generation is more likely to travel to another city for Pride than their older LGBT counterparts.
  • Results indicate that gay men and lesbians are more likely to avoid a destination because of recent LGBT violence than anti-LGBT laws.

Download the entire 16th Annual Gay & Lesbian Tourism Report from the CMI website.

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IQ on Toronto’s Proud FM: Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ivan Quintanilla is the featured travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM Radio “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

In this segment, IQ talks about travel to one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world… Amsterdam.

Click below to listen to the interview:

To learn more about Amsterdam, check out these recent articles.

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Miami Celebrates Our Orgullo

Fuerte y Orgulloso. Strong and Proud. To celebrate the diverse, cultural heritage of LGBT Latinos, Miami Beach will host the first-ever Celebrate Orgullo on Saturday, October 1. Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the United States and, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, comprise 65% of the total population in Miami-Dade County.

Azucar! The party kicks off at 12 p.m. on South Beach’s Lummus Park, at 12th Street and Ocean Drive, with dancing, singing, DJs, and a headlining performance by five-time Grammy Award winning Latin superstar, Olga Tañón.

The festivities coincide with the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15.   This year’s national theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.” Well, on October 1, Celebrate Orgullo sprinkles a little Pride into the mix.

Stay with family. No, not that kind—a different kind of papi. The Lords Hotel South Beach  opened last year as the pioneering property of the first gay hotel brand in the U.S.   It’s sassy and classy, and delightfully attitude-free.

You are in Miami; you need a taste of Cuban. David’s Café  has been serving up Cuban food on South Beach for 33 years. Open 24 hours at 2 locations, David will satisfy your cravings anytime.

The Palace Bar and Grill  continues to be the only gay bar/restaurant on Ocean Drive. Perfect for post-beach drinks and Sunday T-Dance.

An oldie but a goodie. With the motto, “Never a cover… Always a groove,” Twist  is seven bars in one, each with its own, unique vibe. Dance to hip-hop, salsa, top-40 or club music, or enjoy the “Bungalow Bar” with—truly—some of South Beach’s hottest go-go dancers.

This article was originally published in FuerteMen.com

Heading to Miami?  Learn why Miami Beach has been an icon in our gay lives for decades.

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Streaming Amsterdam’s Canal Parade

Can’t make it to Amsterdam Gay Pride this weekend? Don’t worry, the Dutch broadcasting company AVRO is bringing the party to a computer near you.  Amsterdam Pride is one of the most popular and unique gay events in Europe, with a parade that will literally float through the city’s canals on August 6.  Celebrate this year’s Canal Parade from anywhere in the world, by streaming live on Saturday at 2p.m. CEST  (6 hours ahead of American EST).

Want to experience it in person?  Amsterdam’s Marriott and Renaissance Hotels will sweeten your festivities with a bottle of pink champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.

Their “Gay Pride” package includes:
• Night in a deluxe guest room
• Breakfast in the restaurant
• Bottle of pink champagne with chocolate covered strawberries
• Late check-out till 3p.m.

Click here to reserve your room.

And read about IQ’s own experience at last year’s Amsterdam Pride!

Photos provided by WeAreProud.nl

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IQ Talks Travel on Toronto Radio: Pittsburgh

Ivan Quintanilla is featured as the travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

IQ talks about the thriving art and gay scenes of the surprisingly vibrant Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Click below to listen to the interview:

Wanna learn more about Pittsburgh?…Check out the following articles by Traveling IQ:

Pittsburgh is Poppin’
Pittsburgh’s “Mixed Signals”
Photos of Pittsburgh Pride
Pittsburgh’s Proud New Attitude

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Pittsburgh is Poppin’

Forget any preconceived ideas; today’s Pittsburgh is thriving with art, culture and a gay scene capable of satisfying your diverse desires. 

Greatly evolved since the days of the steel industry, today’s Burgh of Pitt is bearing much fruit—in every sense of the word.  Christened “America’s Most Livable City” for the past four years, Pittsburgh is increasingly becoming one of our gayest and most diverse.

Just last month, the city’s Pride weekend featured both an outdoor concert by R&B legend Patti LaBelle, and a decidedly more private performance by porn superstar Matthew Rush at Club Pittsburgh (1139 Penn Ave-4th floor, clubpittsburgh.com), the city’s “24- hour, private men’s club.”  From July 28-31, the city hosts Black Pride (pittsburghblackpride.org), and on October 14, kicks off the 26th Annual Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (pilgff.org).

But you don’t need to wait for a special event.  Pittsburgh was the home of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and its friendly residents will happily be your neighbors any time of the year.   Head to Spin (5744 Ellsworth Ave, spinbartini.com) and 5801 Video Lounge (5801 Ellsworth Ave, 5801videolounge.com) in the Shadyside neighborhood for a fun, loungey vibe; Images (965 Liberty Ave) and 941 Saloon (941 Liberty Ave) for a downtown, neighborhood bar; P-town (4740 Baum Blvd, ptownpgh.com) for sexy, nude dancers; and Donny’s Place (1226 Herron Ave) for its basement leather bar and backroom.  This summer is also welcoming Cruze (1600 Smallman St, cruzebar.com) and Headquarters (2016 Smallman St), two new dance clubs within blocks of each other in the trendy Strip District.

If daylight still finds you in the Strip, stumble over to Pamela’s Diner (60 21st St, pamelasdiner.com) for their famous Crepe Style Pancakes, so popular President Obama invited their chef to make a special stack at the White House.  After, it’s time for a tasty tour of Pittsburgh, led by the knowledgeable guides of ‘Burgh, Bits & Bites (burghfoodtour.com).  Sample the city’s diverse culinary history while walking through the unique neighborhoods featured on these deliciously informative food tours.  Still hungry at dinnertime?  Choose from the extensive wine list and savor the variety of the tasting menu at downtown’s Sonoma Grille (947 Penn Ave, thesonomagrille.com).

It’s time to explore the city’s art scene.  Pittsburgh is considered the birthplace of Pop Culture, and there’s no better place to celebrate this heritage than at the shrine of the world’s most famous Pop artist.  The Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky St, warhol.org) is the largest single-artist museum in the United States, housing an extensive permanent collection of the artist’s work along with temporary guest exhibitions throughout the year.  For full artistic immersion, hop over to the Mattress Factory (500 Sampsonia Way, mattress.org).  This contemporary art museum and laboratory allows artists complete freedom to create site-specific art installations in each of its rooms.  Complete your artistic tour viewing distinguished American and European works from the 16th century to the present at the Carnegie Museum of Art (4400 Forbes Ave, cmoa.org).

You’ve earned a little fresh air.  For the best view of the city, take a ride on the Duquesne Incline (1137 West Carson St, duquesneincline.org).  This wooden cable car has been climbing to the top of Mt. Washington since 1877, staging breathtaking views of Pittsburgh’s rivers, bridges and soaring skyline.

Tired yet?  Stay classy at the historic, grand Omni William Penn Hotel (530 William Penn Pl, omniwilliampenn.com), or sassy at the sleek, modern Fairmont (510 Market St, fairmont.com/pittsburgh)—both centrally located downtown.

Forget any antiquated ideas of a gray, second-tier city.  The Pittsburgh of today is vibrant, with world-class museums, a multi-cultural heritage, and a thriving gay scene.  Popping with culture in every neighborhood you will find “America’s Most Livable City” truly is full of life!

(This article was originally published in Next Magazine)


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