Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Leap Year Dream-Dare-Do Destinations

February 29 only comes around every leap year, so it's time to do something out of the ordinary this month and all through 2008!

Rainbow Recommendations
Our recommendations for celebrating Leap Year around the gay globe include these downunder destinations:

  1. Bungee jumping/skydiving in New Zealand (leap off the bridge or out of a plane).
  2. Leap over the moon at Moonlight Head Luxury Lodge in romantic Victoria, Australia's love state (leap into love)
  3. Legendary blackwater rafting and caving adventures @ Waitomo Caves on North Island (leap into the dark)
  4. Take an Australian outback safari. (leap into the unknown - but view the video first)
  5. Splash in your Speedo (Jump for joy on the beach) Try the Coral Sea Resort in the Whitsundays.
Check our Gateway for more details

New on RainbowTourism.com: QGuide, Gay Comfort & Pink Choice

Our new alliance partners include:

Gay Comfort – An online training programfor operators who want to provide the best standards of service and sensitivity to GLBT travellers.

Pink Choice
– essential reviews for gay travelers; very trusted site.

~Read reviews about properties before booking online or post comments after your visit to help other GLBT travellers.

Q GuideAustralia travel essentials for gay men; very appealing site.

~Read about the best accommodation, air, car, gear, fashion, gifts & more.

You can link to these sites for bookings when you click on their logos on RainbowTourism.com.

IGLTA Ambassador

Honoring its achievements in offering bookings for only gay-owned or genuine gay-friendly businesses, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has named Rainbow 's Co Director Mark Proffit as Regional Ambassador for Australia.

IGLTA is proud to have a "Global Team of Ambassadors" serve you from regional offices throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, North America & the Caribbean!

RainbowTourism has been a member of IGLTA and the Australian counterpart, GALTA, for many years.

Monday, February 25, 2008

See you in Vegas!

RainbowTourism.com is the newest IGLTA ambassador, for downunder, including Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

Cofounders Mark Proffit and Dee Farrell will be attending the 25th anniversary convention in Las Vegas in May. Would you believe, Las Vegas has been voted to #1 Destinatiton for G&L Travelers in North America. We're going to find out why.

Meanwhile, Dee has set up Rainbow Tourism Concierge services in the US. A former Denver travel agency owner and tour operator, she's available to help travelers - wherever you're headed... DownUnder or Las Vegas.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Mardi Gras sold out

For the first time in many years the Mardi Gras party has sold out over one week before the party night.

I know there will be a lot of disappointed people so watch this space.

News story: Mardi Gras Party Has Sold Out!

Mardi Gras Website: www.mardigras.org.au

The only place I have seen tickets for sale is ebay.com.au however the price for these is well over $200 each.

There is always the option of finding scalpers selling on the night - but make sure the ticket is genuine!

We will keep you informed.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Explore Sydney by bike

Looking for something different in Sydney - explore Sydney by bike with our new Rainbow Tourism Accredited operator.

From our colonial history to our contemporary beauty - experience a ride through time. Soak up the sights and sounds around the world’s greatest harbour. Sydney Bike Tours is a fantastic and environmentally friendly way to enjoy all this superb city has to offer.

Pedal Power – it’s clean – it’s green – it’s how Sydney should be seen.

Let our expert local guides take you on a breathtaking journey. Pedal past our many wonders and cruise down our back alleys. We’ll take you to places well off the tourist track. The photo opportunities are endless.

You will see more of Sydney by bicycle than from inside a bus. There is no better way to enjoy a real local Sydney experience than to ride with a Sydneysider as they show you their beautiful backyard.

This adventure is for everyone!

You don’t have to be an experienced bike rider to join our tour. The ride is at a leisurely pace with many stops along the way. Our route has been carefully planned so that 95% of the ride is on cycle paths or quiet streets with minimal traffic. Your safety is our priority. All you have to do is push the pedals and enjoy the views.

Sydney on Bike have three tour options over Summer for under $100 per person for hours of touring.

So contact our concierge for your bike trip and for more details when you next visit Sydney

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Charlotte Museum is now ready for visitors

The Charlotte Museum is now ready for visitors and open Thursday to Saturday 12pm-4pm.

Their first show is REMEMBER US: WOMEN WHO LOVED WOMEN FROM SAPPHO TO LIBERATION opens on Sunday 17th from 3.30pm

Coming Out Stories on Thursday 5.30 7.30 pm Come and hear Claire Doole and Anthea Randell tell us theirs.

Listen to that Lezzie Tune on Friday 5.30 - 7.30pm

Website: The Charlotte Museum
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Melbourne Leather Pride

The Melbourne Leather Pride makes a welcome return in Spring (September) 2008.

The festival is open to all who are into leather and is open to all who are active or just plain curious about leather, fetishes and fantasy.

More will be available later in the year but bookmark this Melbourne event now.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Te Papa Museum 10 Years Old

Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend.

Located on Wellington's waterfront it is well worth a visit when you are next in Wellington.

The Museum when first opened had a number of critics not least because of its founding concept.

The founding concept incorporated the concepts of unified collections, the narratives of culture and place, the idea of forum, the bicultural partnership between Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti, and the multidisciplinary approach to delivering a national museum for diverse audiences.

It also agreed that matters of concern to Te Papa are expressed within the conceptual framework of:

  • Papatu-a-nuku - the earth on which we all live
  • Tangata Whenua - those who belong to the land by right of first discovery
  • Tangata Tiriti - those who belong to the land by right of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Te Papa has no entry charge and can be explored for an hour or all day is a great way to discover more about the history of New Zealand.

New Wellington Bar: Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar and Lounge

Last weekend while in Wellington I had the chance to pop into Scotty & Mal's new Cocktail Bar and Lounge in Cuba Street.

Located at 176 Cuba St (near the intersection of Vivian S) you walk into a bar where you can feel at home, have a chat or talk to the bar staff (though on the Friday night when I was their they were busy). The music was 80's on the Friday night, not too loud so you could have a conversation.

For something different you can pop downstairs to the lounge bar with a small dance floor. On weekends they have a DJ.

The bar is a great location to meet friends, chat and relax after spending time looking around the city.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Love is

This is not really a travel related post but the gay couples you see in this safe sex advert are in all in typical New Zealand settings - and it is great to see this video again. The campaign is a couple of years old but I found it while looking for Hero videos

You can find our more about this singer and this campaign at www.loveis.co.nz

Big Gay Out - Sunday 10th

If you are in Auckland this Sunday then check the Big Gay Out in Point Chevalier. This is a short video so check it out.

Check out some of the other videos we have linked to previously.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Gay Bermuda

We recently had an email as follows:

I am a gay male; planning to visit Bermuda in March, 08. Can you provide me with any information about "gay" Bermuda; Gay friendly restaurants? bars? ets.

Thank you so much. It has been impossible to find any information.
Bermuda has in the past been in the gay media for all the wrong reasons and on an initial search of the web their doesn't seem to be too much online about bars, etc in Bermuda and more comments from main guides saying avoid.

However the following weblink (4th February 2007) provided some information. cb.tenfootsquare.com/caribbean/gay-travel-in-bermuda

We would be interested in getting some feedback from anyone who has visited Bermuda in recent times about what their experiences were like, places to stay, visit, etc.

Either put a comment below or drop us an email.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa - Romance and Sweepstake

If you are in California looking for something different this Valentine Day then check out the Valentine special at Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa - www.estancialajolla.com

The Sweetheart Package is the ultimate romantic getaway and includes:

  • overnight accommodations in one of the hotel’s deluxe rooms;
  • a "Loving Hands" couples massage;
  • two glasses of Fireside Cabernet and handmade chocolates served in the spa;
  • a couple's footbath; a candlelight dinner for two at Adobe El Restaurante;
  • and a rose petal turndown service with sparkling wine and assorted fresh berries.
The Sweetheart Package is available February 14, 15 and 16 and rates start at $579 per night, excluding taxes, fees and gratuities.

Even if you can't take advantage of the Valentine offering you can still enter Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa sweepstake for prizes up $7,500 value. Simply visit their website and click on the sweepstake link.

Website: www.estancialajolla.com