Tag Archives: gay tourism

Thailand Releases “Mooning” Gay Couple

The Strait Times reports:  Two American men who were arrested in Thailand for posting naked photos to Instagram have been released from jail and are heading home to San Diego. Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were arrested at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport last month after images posted to their Traveling Butts Instagram account showed them dropping their ...

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KEY WEST: Island House Reports Being “Safe And Sound” After Hurricane Irma, Ready For Business Soon

Many JMG readers have written me over the last week, hoping for some inside scoop on the status of Key West’s Island House and the other popular gay guesthouses that are their Old Town neighbors. Today, we actually have some positive hurricane-related news. Via press release: Feeling humbled by our good luck, we’re happy to announce that the Island House, ...

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ISRAEL: Activists Call For Canceling Tel Aviv Pride Over Government’s Funding Of LGBT Tourism

This may, in part, explain the billboard campaign that popped up in London this weekend. Via Haaretz: In protest over the wide gap between the resources allocated to attract gay tourists to the country and the limited support for local LGBTQ organizations, members of Israel’s gay community are calling to cancel this year’s Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. The call ...

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Afternoon View: Island House, Key West

Father Tony and I arrived at the Island House with our buddy Mike on Saturday and as usual the place is full of JMG readers. So here’s a shout-out to the Atlanta crew, Edward from London, Paulo and Etienne from Nice, Roger from Raleigh, Andrew from Quebec City, and Chris and Carl from Sarasota. Next weekend I’ll be up in ...

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Puerto Vallarta Escapes Hurricane Patricia

The posh Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta, long a popular destination for gay tourists, escaped Hurricane Patricia with little damage. Gay PV Magazine reports: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has escaped Hurricane Patricia. After a day of hotel evacuations, airport closures, flight cancellations and pending power interruptions the worst is over for Puerto Vallarta residents as of 11 pm CST. However, ...

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At Provincetown’s Carnival Week [VIDEO]

“Candy Land” was this year’s theme at Provincetown’s Carnival Week and JMG reader Rob sends us his photo montage of the gay gay gay festivities. Seen above are the famed Hat Sisters riding in the parade as Life Savers. Much beefcake is in the clip.

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Bear Week 2015 By Drone

Interesting dig at the Boatslip at the end. UPDATE: The video has been pulled already. Hmm. UPDATE II: And it’s back.

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Morning View – Provincetown

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Afternoon View – Provincetown

The best lobster roll in town.

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Louisville Welcomes Marriage Tourism

Via the Louisville Courier-Dispatch: On the heels of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in support of marriage equality, Louisville tourism officials are embarking on a marketing campaign encouraging LGBT couples to get married in Louisville. The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau started the campaign earlier this week with a series of digital ads across social media promoting the slogan, ...

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Afternoon View – Provincetown

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Las Vegas Hot Pants At Los Angeles Pride

In an unusual promotion, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority posted the above billboard at Los Angeles Pride yesterday, where attendees were invited to snag rainbow-hued metallic hot pants. The shorts, of course, were branded with the Las Vegas logo. Judging by later photos, it appears that the red and purple shorts went first and the yellow ones went ...

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MINNESOTA: Tourism Ad Stars Gay Dads

Via City Pages: The Twin Cities has a reputation for being a gay-friendly place. Same-sex marriage is legal, Minneapolis was once dubbed the “gayest city in America,” and our Pride parade is arguably Minnesota’s greatest get-together. Now a new ad from Minnesota’s tourism arm is subtly putting out more inclusive vibes. For the first time, one of Explore Minnesota’s TV ...

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Indianapolis: All Are Welcome

A couple of days ago Indianapolis updated its main official tourism site with the above message. That move coincided with GOP Mayor Greg Ballard’s signing of an executive order reaffirming that any business that contracts with the city must abide by its pro-LGBT human rights ordinance. (Tipped by JMG reader Eddie)

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CHERRY GROVE: Fire Destroys Two Hotels, Gay Nightclub, And Several Residences

A massive fire swept through Cherry Grove’s commercial district on Fire Island last night, destroying several private homes, the Holly House Hotel, and the Grove Hotel, the last of which was home to the famed Ice Palace nightclub. For decades the Ice Palace hosted the Miss Fire Island pageant and served as the kickoff location for the annual Fire Island ...

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Tampa To Pitch For Marriage Tourism

As the date for same-sex marriage nears, Tampa’s tourism authority is prepping a national ad campaign to lure honeymoon business. Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled that a stay in the state’s ban on same-sex nuptials will be lifted Jan. 5 because of the ban’s unconstitutionality. If that holds up, Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s nonprofit tourism branch, ...

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Virginia Goes For LGBT Tourists

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday announced that his state has formed a task force to pursue LGBT tourism. Speaking to a crowd of 400 tourism industry professionals, McAuliffe said the creation of the task force continues upon his campaign theme of openness and equality for all Virginians. “I’ve been very vocal on the topic,” McAuliffe told the Times-Mirror. “As I ...

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Las Vegas Celebrates Marriage Equality With Full-Page Ad In USA Today

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Uganda Tourism Board: Gays Are Welcome

An unlikely headline via Gay Star News: The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country’s reputation among both gay and straight tourists. John Tanzella, president and CEO of IGLTA, told the SoSoGay website that the board felt Western media had portrayed Uganda in a particularly negative ...

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Germany Pitches For LGBT Tourism

Germany’s National Tourism Office has launched a new website in support of LGBT tourism. Via Gay Times: The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany, and it’s all tailored exclusively with LGBT visitors in mind. That doesn’t mean ...

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