Sunday, February 25, 2007

Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair

If you're in Wellington on March 10th, be sure to put this annual event on your calendar (or in your diary as some say). Without a doubt it is the biggest annual event in Wellington, crammed with stalls and lots of prizes to win. It is organised by GAP, the Wellington Rainbow Network.
Bite of the apple.

Bite of the apple

A woman only dance party
at Our Bar, 201 Cuba St.
Saturday 10 March
Large chunk of profits to go the Victoria University Women's group who coordinate such campaigns as: Thursdays In black- demanding a world without rape and violence, No Diet Day, Reclaim the Night, and International Working Women's day.

And afterwards, the women have a dance to get to!

No Room At The Inn

With the advent of last minute booking systems a lot of people now don't book there holiday till the last minute.

This is fine if you have some flexibility on location but be aware a lot of places have limited accommodation and get booked out quickly.

This week we have had places such as the West Coast, New Zealand booked out. Next month Adelaide is very full and this weekend Sydney had almost no rooms.

So remember if you want a gay owned or a Rainbow Tourism Accreditated property then book as soon as you know your travel arrangements.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Kim Crawford Fourth Annual Hero Debate (NZ)

That "wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others" - Oscar Wilde.

The Kim Crawford Fourth Annual Hero Debate is on Monday 19 February.


Featuring

Hon. Chris Carter MP, Hon. Lianne Dalziel MP, Charles Chauvel MP, Hoani Jeremy Lambert, Russell Brown, Steven Gray, Buckwheat, Ross Thorby and Dame Catherine Tizard.

So if in Auckland check out the debate and other Hero activities.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Wildlife, Luxury & Solitude South of Sydney


There are many kinds of paradise to explore, and the South Coast is one of those to do when you want to get out of Sydney.
The Weekend Travel Section includes a review column called "Room at the Inn" by Michael Gebicki, where last week I read with delight about his stay at The Long Weekend Retreat at Lake Conjola on the South Coast. This is a GOO (gay owned and operated) property that welcomes all, and certainly sounds like my kind of paradise.

I like the idea of pre-ordering food so there is a fridge full of my kind of treats - like lasagna ready to bake and wash down with the complimentary bottle of red! I also love the idea of the al fresco Balenes-style soak tub, perfect after stepping out on either the beach or the forest trails of the National Park.

BTW, this luxury retreat is just one of many listed on RainbowTourism.com all across australia and New Zealand. Seems GOOs know how to go, stay and play in style!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Aging with Grace: 77 year old hotel earns RTA and opens doors for Mardi Gras celebrants

The Grace Hotel is a beautifully restored 11-storey building. It successfully combines the historic Grace Building with modern conveniences and comforts expected by today’s traveller. Originally opened in 1930, it is situated in the heart of Sydney’s central business district.

The Grace is a certified gay-friendly property, just approved under the Rainbow Tourism Accreditation program because of its committment to gay and lesbian tourism and membership in IGLTA and GALTA.

There are 382 spacious guest rooms, like the pictured deluxe king, all designed with the frequent traveller in mind. Each has telecommunications such as voice mail, data points for laptop computers and interactive TV’s. Individual comfort is also enhanced with feather comforters & pillows,an in-room refreshment centre ,and access to the health club , which includes a fitness centre, pool, spas sauna and steam room.

Sounds like the place for me next time in Sydney in lieu of too-noisy Oxford Street, especially during Mardi Gras! There's still vacancy for Mardi Gras season - but don't delay in getting a room with a little grace and charm.

Reliability Factor Important to Travelers


Travellers trust user-generated reviews more than they trust travel agents' content, according to new online research by Nielsen//NetRatings.

A survey found that by 20% of respondents said websites like TripAdvisor were the most reliable source of information. But only 12% said travel agents' own websites were the most reliable, followed by 11% who chose search engines.

The research also found user-generated sites are more likely to be considered trustworthy by men than women and by 25 to 34-year-olds.

Over half of travellers who take more than five weeks' holiday each year believe user-generated reviews are the most reliable. In comparison, no one taking more than three holidays a year considered travel agents sites to be the most reliable source of information. Only people who take just one holiday a year are likely to prefer taking advice from an agents’ website.

Despite this, 62% UK users turn to search engines when booking holidays, and 36% use travel agent sites.

Editor’s Note: Whether you found RainbowTourism.com, via a search engine or keyword search, you’ve come to a reliable source of current gay and lesbian listings. Rest assured that all of the operators listed on our booking engine have been verified to be gay owned or approved as gay-friendly. Thanks for your patronage of these operators on our free online booking service.