Friday, September 28, 2007

Welcome to PRIDE FAIRDAY 2007!

Want more? Never fear! There will be everything you can think of to make this the best day ever plus then some more! Are you sure you are ready for the best Fairday yet?

Don't forget your gold coin donation, your sunscreen, your picnic rug and the expectancy to have a very large amount of fun. Lets be proud and “Imagine—One better world” on Fairday, 2007.

Bring your friends, your partner, your mum, dad, your next door neighbour, and your next door neighbours' mum and dad to join with us to make it a day to remember. This is your Fairday 2007!

When? THIS Sunday, the 30 September 2007!
Where? Russell Square, Northbridge.
Time: 10am – 6pm.
All for the bargain price of a gold coin donation!

Please be reminded that Pride W.A Fairday has licensed and non-licensed areas so our community from 0 years- 110 years of age can enjoy YOUR Fairday.

So if in Perth this weekend check out Fairday!


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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Holding the Man - US Premier

If you are in San Francisco take the opportunity to see Holding the Man , a fantastic Australian gay love story.

The play has performed to full houses and rave reviews in Sydney. Having just seen a preview tonight it is a play not to be missed.

You have until November 4 to see it at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Forever Young - New Zealand



Tourism New Zealand took over popular video viewing site YouTube with a 24-hour 'roadblock' on the paid homepage content earlier this month.

The move was to publicise the new 100% Pure New Zealand campaign, which focuses on New Zealand as the youngest country on earth.

Tourism New Zealand also linked up with the creative talent at Wellington-based Weta Digital to celebrate New Zealand's culture and history by animating the Maori legend of Maui hauling the North Island from the sea.

The deal between YouTube and Tourism New Zealand included 24-hour ownership of the paid video space on the homepage, followed by three months of a New Zealand branded channel.

So watch, enjoy the scenery and music, then book your trip to New Zealand this summer.

Friday, September 21, 2007

2007 Pride WA Festival Guide

The 2007 Pride WA Festival Guide has just come hot of the press packed full of entertainment for you to enjoy during the month long festival.

Enjoy the month long festivities in Perth from Fairday on Sunday 30th September to the Pride Parade and party on 27th October.

Sadly my planned trip to Perth has now had to be delayed so once again I miss the WA Pride Festival.

If you happen to be in Perth in the next do check out the Pride website and join in the fun.

If you need accommodation in Perth check out the RainbowTourism.com website.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Airline comes out with gay-themed flight

Flight from US to Sydney will feature drag queens, pink cocktails, cabaret performed by crew


SAN FRANCISCO - Air New Zealand is delving into the gay and lesbian market with a special themed flight that will feature drag queens, pink cocktails and a cabaret performed by the flight crew.
The destination for the airline's one-time "Pink Flight," scheduled to depart San Francisco International Airport on Feb. 26, is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, one of the world's most well-attended gay events, said Jodi Williams, an Air New Zealand marketing director.
"We are looking at tailoring the inseat entertainment and having gay-friendly movies and contests and different music and things like that," Williams said. The airline also plans to throw a "Get-Onboard-Girlfriend" going away party for its passengers, who will pay an average of $1,000 roundtrip.
The flight will be modeled after an Auckland-to-Sydney trip Air New Zealand made this year for the gay Mardi Gras, according to Williams. Before that full flight, the crew put on pink feather boas and sang for its couple hundreds passengers, she said.
"Even the pilot was wearing fairy wings and got into it," Williams said.
Michael Wilke, executive director of a New York-based advertising advocacy group called the Commercial Closet Association, said that while American, Air Canada and other airline companies have become visible sponsors of gay pride events, none had so far used campy programming to appeal to gay and lesbian travelers.
"They could probably do very well with it," Wilke said. "It really sounds like someone put together the idea of what a gay cruise is and just applied that to the air. And even gay cruises don't feature employees in particular outfits or gay-themed movies."
Air New Zealand's Williams said the airline still is working out some details of the flight plan, such as what will go inside the goodie bags passengers will get. Since it takes 14 hours to get from San Francisco to Sydney, the airline also plans to schedule in some down time during the overnight flight.
"We had to think about keeping people entertained while knowing they will want their beauty sleep," she said.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sydney Number One

Another day and another travel survey but always interesting to see who is on top in the luxury travel magazine survey.

A survey of 30,000 readers of luxury travel bible Conde Nast Traveller put Sydney in first spot for favourite overseas city, ahead of Paris, New York and Rome.

Here is their list of top 20 cities:

Results from Conde Nast Traveller magazine's 10th annual survey of the world's:

Favourite Cities
1.Sydney (last year's ranking - 3)
2.New York (4)
3.Paris (5)
4.Rome (1)
5.Barcelona (2)
6.Venice (6)
7.San Francisco (new entry)
8.Cape Town (17)
9.Singapore (5)
10.Hong Kong (18)
11.Bangkok (new entry)
12.Amsterdam (15)
13.Florence (8)
14.Istanbul (16)
15.Vancouver (new entry)
16.Buenos Aires (new entry)
17.Madrid (11)
18.Marrakech (20)
19.Dubai (9)
20.Berlin (new entry)

Favourite Countries
India
Italy
Thailand
Australia
New Zealand

So let us know what your top destination is and tell us why by simply adding a comment to our blog.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bula from Paradise in Fiji

In Sydney today I had the pleasure to meet Terri who owns and operates Paradise Tavenui with her husband Allan. After talking with her and viewing the photos I cannot wait to visit their Paradise in Fiji.

What can you expect when you stay at Paradise Tavenui

A genuine Fiji experience is extended to all who visit this remote and secluded paradise. If you’re searching for true Fijian hospitality and long to experience the culture of this mystical land, spend some time in Paradise.

Paradise Taveuni is a luxury boutique Resort nestled amongst lush green gardens with Rainforest Mountain asa back drop, catering to discerning travellers looking for their own piece of paradise. Its unique Deep Water Frontage allows Guests to dive, snorkel and swim from the lava flow edge into pristine warm tropical waters any time of the day or night.

Full service activities include kayaking, mountain biking, nature hikes, horseback riding, snorkelling, SCUBA diving with Pro Dive Taveuni, jet ski expeditions, sports fishing, guided tours, spa services and more.

Recently renovated, the Resort has 10 new luxury bures, new open air Restaurant and Bar with gift shop and tour desk, Spa services, Pro Dive Taveuni on site and a new horizon edge freshwater swimming pool. Accommodation rates have been reduced as an Opening Special until March 2008, to entice travelers to experience Paradise.

A unique holiday experience awaits in Paradise and with a very real sense of Fiji in their hearts.

RainbowTourism.com is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful resort as part of our growing group of Rainbow Tourism Accreditated and Rainbow operated places.

Encouraging you to Travel Pink on Work Visa

Australia-US Work and Holiday visa good for tourism Monday, September 10, 2007

The new proposed reciprocal agreement for Work and Holiday visas with the US will deliver a boom for the tourism industry according to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism Fran Bailey.

Bailey believes that the new agreement will have a “two-fold” effect, helping to boost tourism numbers and also fill vacant positions for tourism operators and small businesses (like RainbowTourism.com).
In 2006-07, over 455,000 Americans visited Australia, making the US our fourth largest inbound tourism market. The new agreement will encourage more young Americans to stay longer and spend more.

There will be an unlimited number of visa available to eligible Americans when this agreement is implemented on 31 October 2007. Write me if you want more dee-tails.

So, chew on this if you're into traveling pink. Come on down and work for Rainbow Tourism as a student intern or Willing Worker on Tourism Site in exchange for US affiliate status when you return. Travel all over Australia (and later around New Zealand on another type of visa) as our traveling inspector and reporter of local G&L attractions, accommodations and events. If you want to break into the travel industry and become a specialist in pink travel, then here's your opportunity.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Travel Blogs

There are a number of travel blogs on the internet. However the number of travel blogs with gay and lesbian content seem to be few and far between.

That number shrinks when you start searching for gay and lesbian travel blogs about travel downunder and the Rainbow Tourism blog is one of the few updated on a regular basis.

The following is a few blogs which offer some travel ideas:

Sydney Morning Herald Travel Blog - and interesting blog with lots of ideas - just take the recent blog called Why is Australian tourism obsessed with 'big' things? Discussing the Goulburn sheep, The Big Banana in CoffsHarbour. Of course one can also find similar things in New Zealand. The L&P Bottle in Paeroa or the large carrot in Ohakune.

The blog also has this great feature on New Zealand called Driving and Mooching - is this the way to explore New Zealand?

The New Zealand Herald doesn't have a travel blog section but does have a good Travel section. A recent article on quarantine control highlights some issues that tourists should be aware of if travelling to New Zealand or Australia. Both New Zealand and Australia operate strict quarantine regimes.

The Window Seat is a great blog and provides some interesting insights into travel destinations and issues that travellers face. Thankfully Australian and New Zealand airlines don't generally have staff like the recent blog on What Not to Wear.

Pink Pavillions and New Gay Travel Guide are two North American gay blogs. They don't seem to have much information about downunder however and are very Northern Hemisphere focussed.

Drop us a comment about blogs which you find have some good travel information. I would be really interested in Gay travel blogs.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Whistler's 2008 Gay Ski Week

GayWhistler, the year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, has set the dates for its annual Whistler Gay Ski Week - the second annual WinterPRIDE celebration.


The annual Gay Ski Week festival has been set for February 3-10, 2008. Due to celebrate its 16th year, the event is now one of the largest and most-renowned gay ski weeks in the world. Building on the successful launch of the revitalised festival in 2007, WinterPRIDE reflects the evolution of Gay Ski week which offers advanced mountain experiences and a full compliment of non ski/snowboard activities. Organizers are planning for 3,200+ attendees for the 2008 WinterPRIDE with the expanded programming designed to appeal to both ski/snowboard enthusiasts and guests who may never have skied or snowboarded.


"We have had fantastic response to the new direction we have taken this annual event, growing it into a more comprehensive and inclusive festival. Without question the introduction of the WinterPRIDE Banquet brought in one of the highest attendances in a single event over the week. Our banquet featured a special guest appearance by Cirque du Soleil's - Mystére. The re-introduction of the Mountaintop Dance at 7,000 feet and the improved complimentary ski/snowboard guiding program are also enormously popular," says Sean Kearns, President of Alpenglow Production Corporation - the parent company of GayWhistler. "WinterPRIDE fits in with our vision of opening up Gay Ski Week to more than just skiers and snowboarders. This is the next evolution in gay ski weeks and we look forward to expanding WinterPRIDE for 2008."


The week-long GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE festival involves numerous winter sports activities, entertainment and parties all in the name of celebration, socializing and raising money for good causes, including AIDS Vancouver. In addition to a spectacular line-up of winter sports and activities including dog-sledding and snowmobiling, Gay Ski Week 2008 will feature a series of lectures, hands-on culinary classes, spa + wellness programs and evening social events. The late week entertainment will include the always anticipated Snow Ball-Dance 'Till Dawn as well as a few new surprises!


"The 2008 GayWhistler WinterPRIDE festival is open to everyone and all ages," says Kearns. "It will be a time to come together as a community and enjoy winter activities and celebrations."

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Countdown to Cologne


25th Anniversary Year Begins Countdown to Cologne


The 1350 participants at Gay Games I in 1982 dreamed there would be many more Gay Games to come.

Fortunately for our community, a handful of dedicated and visionary people, led by former Olympian Dr. Tom Waddell, organized and created the first Gay Games and Cultural Festival.


The rest, as they say, is history.

There are a number of events happening in San Francisco

The 2010 VIII gay games happen in Cologne from 31 July through 7 August 2010

Friday, September 07, 2007

City of Perth Pride Fairday - September

Fairday is always the ideal start to Pride Month, with our entire community coming together to celebrate our Pride in a relaxed and festive setting that enables businesses, community groups and government agencies to interact through stalls, events and ongoing entertainment.

Live bands, cabaret singers, and dancers keep the crowds entertained throughout the day. Families can picnic on the lawn beneath the shade of the Russell Square trees. There's usually activities for the kids, such as bouncey castles or petting zoos. And of course, the perennial crowd favourite - the Dog Show.

Date : Sunday, 30th September
Time : 10:00
Venue : Russell Square in Northbridge
Price : Gold Coin donation

Location of Fairday in Perth and check out RainbowTourism.com Perth accommodation options.


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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Angels in America

Wellington has some great live theatre so if you are visiting the capital city of New Zealand why not have a night out and see a play. If you happen to be in Wellington at the end of September check out "Angels in America"


Award winning Almost A Bird Theatre Collective proudly presents Tony Kushner’s masterpiece Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (winner of 1993 Pulitzer Price for best drama and Tony Award for best play) as part of the 2007 graduation season of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Angels in America will be staged at Downstage Theatre. For the first time in years the graduates of the national drama school showcase their final performance outside their own building and in the industry environment. Catherine Downes: “Angels in America will be an investment in a new generation of theatre makers and an example of how the industry can work together with Toi Whakaari. We are looking forward to being involved with this exciting, relevant new work.”

The epic play Angels in America was performed in Wellington for the last time at Circa Theatre in 1994. This story about a struggling community is still as provoking, funny and humane for today’s audiences as it was back then. Director Willem Wassenaar: “There is no other play than Angels in America that reflects so deeply the huge identity crisis that we as the world, a society and as individuals are experiencing at this very moment.”


Set in New York in the conservative mid 1980s, Angels in America is a rollercoaster collision course for a former drag queen diagnosed with AIDS, his arm chair philosopher lover, a Valium addicted housewife, her gay Mormon husband and a heavenly host of Angels. When even God has abandoned his responsibilities and the Angels are calling out for mortal guidance, the characters are forced to make their own decisions on freedom, sexuality, politics and religion in a universe that is about to change.


A LIMITED ONE WEEK SEASON @ Downstage Theatre / 29 SEP – 6 OCT 2007

Performance Times: Mon - Thu 6.30pm, Fri & Sat 7.30pm and matinee Sat 6 Oct 2pm

Ticket Prices: $39-$20 and $20 Preview Fri 28 Sep

Bookings: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz




CURRENT:

Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

By Roger Hall & Pip Hall

18 Aug – 22 Sept

Downstage Theatre

Starring: Peter Hambleton, Paul McLaughlin, Mel Dodge, Nick Dunbar, Jennifer Ludlam & Jane Waddel

A comedy for anyone who’s ever been a baby

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

UPCOMING:

An Alternative Version of Your Own Life – DYSO

7 & 8 Sept

BATS Theatre

Starring: Virginia Kennard (NZ) & Lorna Borrett (UK)

Haunting and powerful modern dance from two fresh upcoming choreographers

Book: 04 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

FootBallistic – DYSO

By Dean Hewison, Allan Henry & Ben Powdrell

11 – 15 Sept

BATS Theatre

Starring: Dean Hewison, Allan Henry, Leon Wadham, Dave Hoskins, Ben Powdrell, Patrick Powdrell, Alix Bushnell, Fraser McLeod, Jodie Hillock & Martyn Wood

It’ll be a riot! CHECK IT OUT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyMEGtTITPo

Book: 04 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

Son Et Lumière

By Jacqueline Coats

13 – 16 Sept

Old St Pauls

Starring: Ray Henwood

A unique event celebrating one of Wellington’s favourite buildings

Book: 04 473 6722

Angels in America

By Tony Kushner

29 Sept – 6 Oct

Downstage Theatre

Starring: Dan Musgrove, Sophie Roberts, Matt Whelan & Martyn Wood

The universe is about to change; in which direction?

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

I’m Not Rappaport

By Herb Gardner

13 Oct – 10 Nov

Downstage Theatre

Starring: George Henare & Ray Henwood

You can’t keep a feisty man down!

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

the Kreutzer – STAB

By Sara Brodie

14 – 24 Nov

BATS Theatre

Starring : Tom McCrory, 4 members of the NZSO

To examine the twisted way men and women perceive each other, with music to die for

Book: 04 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

Urinetown – The Musical

By Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis

17 Nov – 22 Dec

Downstage Theatre

Starring: George Henare, Rima te Wiatia, Julian Wilson, Kristian Lavercombe & Jason Ward Kennedy

The Rocky Horror Picture Show of our generation!

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

Check it Out . . .


BATS Theatre
www.bats.co.nz

Maintain: The Movie
www.maintainmovie.co.nz

Theatre Review
www.theatreview.org.nz

Downstage Theatre
www.downstage.co.nz

Young and Hungry
www.youngandhungry.org.nz

Random Films
www.randomfilms.co.nz









Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Travel Packages Come of Age

Like to book your vacation online to find the cheapest deal or most appropriate tour?

If you're like me, booking an off-the-shelf package with air, hotel, car and tour put together by an airline holiday department does not appeal. I prefer to search and piece together my own holiday itinerary. Independent travel sometimes has cost more than packages, but all the components have been hand-picked for my interests.

Finally, technology is making this process a lot easier. Dynamic packaging has arrived. DP allows travellers to visit just one site to combine all elements, instead of booking a flight, hotel room or car from different websites. The package is then presented with a single price tag. You don't know what you're paying for each component, but the advantage is that airlines and hotels offer seats or rooms at discounted rates that, if promoted openly, could devalue their brand or spark a price war with competitors.

While our site, RainbowTourism.com, does not offer airline reservations or dynamic pricing, it does offer one-stop shopping for the rest of your "Gay Getaway" mix and match package...from travel insurance to budget or luxury hotel rooms, from prestige cars to campervans, regional tours to event tickets for major events like Mardi Gras.

You have our Rainbow Guarantee, that every booking for accommodation, tour, car hire or travel insurance plan has been researched by by us and found to be genuinely gay owned and operated or certified to be gay friendly by our Rainbow Tourism Accreditation program. Happy holiday creating on one of the most dynamic online booking systems around.

Got a question or comment? Ask our Rainbow Concierges for NZ and AUS where the deals are downunder and on RainbowTourism.com.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Touch of luxury


Live the dream of driving a Porsche through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscape. Behind the wheel of a Boxster or 911 Carrera 4, your journey may take you through the majestic Southern Alps, along the rugged West Coast under canopies of native forest, into Marlborough’s internationally renowned wine country, or down to thrill-seeker hotspot, Queenstown.

An unforgettable experience in unsurpassed style - this is the essence of your luxury self-drive tour.

So check out our latest luxury Rainbow Tourism Accreditated operators:

Porstige Drive New Zealand - exciting Porsche rental cars and some of our luxury places to stay in the South Island: