Thursday, March 27, 2008

Greece - Surfing Beach

We are excited to welcome our first Greek Island accommodation to our website.

Santa Maria Surfing Beach Village is a complex built to meet the needs of the most demanding guest, with installations that offer all kind of modern conforts. It is situated on the beach and it is built in the traditional Cycladic style, surrounded by trees and flowerbeds.

It is located in the long sandy beach of Santa Maria, only 3Km away from Naoussa, the nearest town and 13Km from Parikia the biggest town and port in the island.

Surfing Beach Village contains 48 furnished bungalows with veranda onto the garden, air-conditioning, T.V, refrigerator, bathroom with bath tub and direct dial phone.

If you are looking for a lower budget then the well-organized camping in Cyclades will suit you.

On site car and bike rental, post service, sailing tours, horse riding, mountain bike riding.

You will be able to book Surfing Beach online very soon with Rainbow Tourism. Meanwhile check out their website and for bookings contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Picture This - Ballooning in Melbourne

Picture This……


First light of a new morning is only minutes away; the air is still, the atmosphere exciting. You’re in beautiful Melbourne and you are about to enjoy one of the truly amazing experiences the city has to offer.


Imagine……


Floating over a city of 3.5 million people, silently moving with the wind while watching the city awaken, as the sun rises you are the first to feel its rays, and then watch them slowly stretch over the land below.



Experience......

The world’s oldest form of aviation; flying in a Hot Air Balloon. This legendary part of history, almost unchanged in over 200 hundred years, will have you heading skywards under a giant balloon, the same experience as the first men who ever flew.

These days Ballooning is all about fun, adventure and spoiling yourself and with Picture This Ballooning you certainly will achieve all of this.

And to top it all off after the flight we head back to level 35 of the luxurious Sofitel Hotel to enjoy a glass of champagne, a sumptuous breakfast and relive a great morning whilst still enjoying one of the best views in Melbourne.

Our flights are perfect for visitors to Melbourne, special occasions or anyone who simply wishes to enjoy this great Melbourne adventure. We also have gift certificates available as well as premium accommodation packages and exclusive online offers.

So like thousands of others, come and enjoy this sky-high adventure that has captivated Melbourne for the last 20 years and become an integral part of the city’s morning skyline.



This is all available from our latest Rainbow Tourism Accredited Tourism operator - Picture This Ballooning - at an all inclusive cost of $330 per adult.

So when you visit Melbourne next contact the Rainbow Concierge for more details or bookings

Monday, March 24, 2008

Earth Hour - 29 March 2008

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007 an in 2008 is going global.

Rainbow Tourism as a travel company believes Earth Hour is a valuable way to highlight issues of climate change and allow individuals and companies to look at options available to reduce their carbon footprint.

Have a look at the video below and take a look at the Earth Hour site to see how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Youtube - rainbowtourism

We have finally set up a youtube channel.

At this stage we are linking to some of our favourite videos but will be adding more content, playlists and more as videos become available.

If you do have a favourite video let us know so we can link to it.

Youtube channel - www.youtube.com/rainbowtourism

The Rainbow Connection - Hidden Jewels Award winner

Congratulations to Phil and Glenn on been the Northern State winners in the OM4Tourism Hidden Jewel Awards.

The OM4Tourism Hidden Jewel Awards are for small Australian tourism businesses that offer a fascinating or unusual visitor experience - but remain relatively undiscovered.

Some of the comment made by the judges:

The Rainbow Connection is the only gay owned and operated accommodation provider in Central Australia, offering gay and lesbian travellers from around the world a ‘home away from home’ bed & breakfast experience in comfort and style.

But more than that, owner operators, Phil & Glenn, aim to have guests “engage in the region so they become a human ‘being’ more than just a human ‘doing’”.


So if visiting the Northern Territory remember to stay at The Rainbow Connection. If you need a special package you can simply ask the Rainbow Concierge for free advise and assistance.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Club Mafia - Hot new club in Manila


If you are visiting Manila check out the newest club - Club Mafia

Club Mafia is the latest Edition to the clubbing scene in the Metro and is located in the Heart of Malate Manila.

An underground warehouse setting showcasing the latest state of the art lights and sounds powered by Forerunner Technologies!

Dance to the music of Manila's Finest DJ's from Vocals to Hard House!

Have a taste of their powerful drinks that can blow your head off especially our Assasin!

Club Mafia is a place where we can all control what happens in our premises because we consider you as family.

It is place where secrets will remain a secret!

A place where you can have fun , drink and dance the night away without the worries of what is in store the next day. We ask everybody to leave their inhibitions outside the door. We provide you with the best drinks , great music and security which no other club can can give.

This is CLUB MAFIA not just a club but your FAMILY!

So check out Club Mafia when you next visit Manila


Travelling with Medication

We recently had the following concierge request. It raises concerns that a lot of travellers have about visas, medication, and other issues when travelling.

I am traveling from US to Bali for the first time in April. I have been geting mixed messages about traveling there with my medications. Some advise bring only enough for the trip with copies of perscriptions, some say take original containers. I am getting mixed messages about Indonesian custom agents. Just wondering what experiences your clients have had and any recommendations you might have.

Our response back was as follows:

In terms of medication there is no issue in bringing these into Bali but you should follow the following rules:

  • Have a copy of your prescription.
  • Bring sufficient for your holiday - but not too much more.
  • Use original packaging.

As with all Asian countries the penalties on illegal drugs is severe so only take pescription medication. If you should need any over the counter medication it would be sensible to have a doctors pescription to cover this.

As with all travel you should check your government's travel website to check all entry criteria. You can see what the Australian government advise about Bali at www.smartraveller.gov.au

If it is HIV medication you are concerned about the only countries which restrict travel of the foreign travellers with HIV are USA, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and a few other countries. The AIDS News website has some useful links.

With the move to online bookings RainbowTourism.com is committed to providing travellers using our service the most up to date information.

One word of warning for travel to Asian countries - penalties for carrying of illegal drugs is severe - imprisonment of 20+ years or death. While the penalties in Australia and New Zealand are not as severe - be aware all luggage is routinely scanned for food materials, due to strict quarantine, so any drugs will be detected.

We welcome your concerns and questions are will add these to our website with useful links to ensure your travel is hassle free. Simply ask the Rainbow Tourism Concierge

Holding the Man - Melbourne

If you are in Melbourne you have the chance to catch the great Australian play Holding the Man.

The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but it is a white-water adventure if you are a gay boy in an all-male school in 1970s Melbourne with a crush on the captain of the football team. Still, despite the odds, Tim and John become close and for fifteen years their relationship survives everything life throws at it – the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve turns up to part them.

For many Australians, Tim Conigrave’s best selling memoir about his fi fteen-year relationship with John Caleo captured better than any book of the period what it was like being young and gay during the eighties AIDS crisis. Those who loved the book will fi nd that this adaptation by Tommy Murphy transfers every ounce of honesty, humour and heart-wrenching irony to the stage.

On now in Melbourne till April 14th at:
The Merlyn Theatre
The CUB Malthouse
Website for bookings and more details.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

International Gay Travel Leaders Condemn Jamaica’s Anti-Gay Climate

In light of published news reports and first-hand accounts of growing anti-gay crimes and threats in Jamaica, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) strongly condemns Jamaica's climate of fear, hatred and hostility towards all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. We call immediately on Jamaica’s community leaders to cease their oppression, and we will continue to speak up and to spotlight these cruel and bigoted actions before tourism and business leaders everywhere.

IGLTA is in complete solidarity with Jamaica's own LGBT leadership, J-FLAG. Therefore, like J-flag, it is not our intention to provoke reprisals or political condemnation in Jamaica by supporting a global tourism boycott. We understand this step could be counter-productive to making true progress in that Caribbean nation, and instead we will focus on education, publicity and market competition to highlight and help curb these terrible abuses.

At our upcoming 25th Anniversary Convention, IGLTA leaders also will be able to highlight the degrading situation in Jamaica, and call on all global hospitality industry leaders to unite in condemning this and any hostile and violent climate towards our community.

ABOUT IGLTA

IGLTA is the world’s leading authority, resource and representative of gay and lesbian travel. Membership is in 55 countries around the world and consists of accommodations, airlines, tour operators, travel agents, tourism offices and other key players in the tourism industry. IGLTA works to help the tourism industry attract gay and lesbian consumers and learn more about the gay and lesbian market. For more information please visit www.iglta.org.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Travel to the USA

Finally it looks like some progress is been made in the discriminatory HIV travel ban.

Up till know most HIV positive travellers have avoided the USA due to this discriminatory policy.

Hopefully this policy will be finally overturned and the other handful of countries will overturn their discriminatory policies as well.

See the below press release from the Human Rights Campaign

Important Provision to Repeal Discriminatory HIV Travel and Immigration Ban Attached to Senate Bill

HRC Salutes Senators Kerry and Smith


The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, praised Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) today for successfully securing a provision to repeal our nation’s discriminatory travel and immigration ban on HIV positive individuals in the Senate’s legislation to reauthorize PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The underlying legislation, authored by Senators Joe Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), is expected to be considered by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations this week.


“The time is long overdue to repeal this unjust and sweeping policy that deems HIV positive individuals inadmissible to the United States,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “This law emerged out of fear and stigma, and there remains no public health rationale for treating HIV more harshly than other communicable diseases. We salute the leadership of Senators Kerry and Smith and urge Congress to end this draconian policy.”

The travel and immigration ban prohibits HIV positive foreign nationals, students, and tourists from entering the U.S. unless they obtain a special waiver that only allows for short term travel. Current policy also prevents the vast majority of individuals with HIV from obtaining legal permanent residency.

The ban was originally enacted in 1987, and explicitly restated in 1993, despite efforts in the public health community to remove the ban when Congress reformed U.S. immigration law in the early 1990s. While immigration law currently excludes immigrants with any “communicable disease of public health significance” from entering the U.S., only HIV is explicitly named in the statute. For all other illnesses, the Secretary of Health and Human Services retains the ability, with the medical expertise of his department, to determine which illnesses truly pose a risk to public health.

Senators Kerry and Smith introduced legislation, the HIV Non-Discrimination in Travel and Immigration Act (S. 2486), in December 2007 to repeal the ban. Representative Barbara Lee introduced the legislation in August 2007 in the House of Representatives (H.R. 3337).

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Win with Qguide and Spartacvs

QGuide.com is giving away twelve week-long (6 night) stays at Spartacvs Hotel, a Men's-only exclusive Hotel on the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia.

Simply joing Qguide.com before 31 March and go in the draw for a week holiday.

Of course if you don't win the trip you can still enjoy this great Bali resort without breaking the bank.

Simply book online with RainbowTourism.com or if you want a special Bali experience contact the Rainbow Concierge.

QGuide.com Launches New Breed of Gay Online Travel Guide







- 1,000+ listings and 7,000+ photos with contributions from passionate Gay travellers
- Timely authenticated content with community creates new Gay travel online category
- Awarding TWELVE, week-long stays at Spartacvs Hotel on the tropical island of Bali
- QGuide Americas to launch in April 2008 and Europe to follow soon after

QGuide.com has announced the launch of the world's first truly comprehensive Gay Travel Guide – as seen through the eyes (and cameras) of Gay Travellers. Launching with an initial focus on Australia and including contributions from over a dozen gay travellers, QGuide.com features a travel directory with more than 1,000 bar, club, entertainment, accommodation, tour, food, fitness, outdoor, culture, shopping, community, and media listings accompanied by over 7,000 photos and more than 100 videos.

With its online community focus, QGuide.com offers the advantage of real time updates and current information as relayed by its members. “Bars, clubs, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants can change with the wind. Just in the last three months several long-established Gay bars in Sydney ceased trading, but QGuide.com was able to update its online listings immediately after being told by our network of members and locals,” said co-founder Jack Gonzalez. “A printed travel guide landing on a bookstore's shelf six months from now won't reflect any of these closures as they had to send their guide to print six months ago based on research and advertising sales six to twelve months before that,” he continued.

“Friends and members have overwhelmingly supported our efforts as they've all experienced reading about a fun-looking overseas bar, club or cafe in a travel book, only to find it's now a hair salon or worse, a big chain coffee shop,” added co-founder Scollay Petry. “Indeed, these people are actively helping to build QGuide.com.”

With the upcoming release of member-generated suggestions, reviews, travel blogging and travellers' profiles, QGuide.com will not be like other “pink pages” or other Gay guides. Mr. Gonzalez said “It is creating a new online travel category that combines authenticated travel information, member-generated content, a social space for meeting and sharing with like-minded travellers, and travel services. It's as if Lonely Planet joined forces with Spartacus Guide, MySpace, Facebook, Blogger and Orbitz.”

Through arrangements with a number of globally-recognized online travel companies, the site provides Gay and mainstream hotel reservations, bookings for air, car, camper and trains, and hundreds of tours and adventures.

As part of its launch, QGuide.com is giving away twelve week-long (6 night) stays at Spartacvs Hotel, a Men's-only exclusive Hotel on the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia. (www.spartacvsbali.com) A week's stay will be given away to two QGuide members every month between March and August 2008. Mr. Petry explained, “We're thrilled to have Spartacvs Hotel in Bali as our first launch giveaway partner! As we launch new features and expand globally we'll use these week-long holidays as incentives to participate and tell others about QGuide.com.” A member registration/entry form and full terms and Conditions can be found at www.QGuide.com/join

An Australian company based in Brisbane, Queensland, QGuide Pty Ltd was started by Jack Gonzalez and Scollay Petry, two long-lost mates from a Brisbane high school, reunited after 22 years thanks to a Google search. Mr. Gonzalez has 20 years of publishing, marketing and IT experience at Time Warner, International Masters Publishers and Lend-Lease and has worked in Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Petry has 20 years of experience in technology consulting, systems development and marketing for Booz Allen & Hamilton and America Online/AOL in the United States. The pair funded the start-up of QGuide.com themselves.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Queenstown House

Louise has always been a fabulous host at Queenstown House a luxury Bed & Breakfast hotel.

In an email today Louise mentioned her two new staff:

Matt is my chef and Paul executive housekeeper. They have worked with me now for 5months and are committed to Queenstown House. My guests and agents are singing their praises.

Don't believe her words - here are some comments from Trip Advisor:
A place with a very good reputation in Queenstown. Great views, excellent breakfast and pre dinner chats with other guest over a drinks. Paul and Matt were excellent hosts and very helpful. Paul was particularly keen to pursuade me to do a parachute jump and I'm glad he did.

And
We enjoyed our stay at this B&B. It was located convenient to downtown. The breakfasts were excellent and served in a room with a wonderful views. The staff made many great suggestions on places to eat and activities to do.
So now if you looking for something a bit different check out Queenstown House for your next visit to Queenstown.

Visitor Safety in Australia

For Friends of Dorothy visiting OZ, a new brochure called "Travel Safely in Australia" summarises the four major safety considerations when travelling in Australia: Road Safety, Outback Travel, Water Safety and Enjoying Nature. The brochure contains messages in seven languages... English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Download the brochure here.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Arosa Gay Ski Week, Switzerland


January 3-9, 2009

A happy week with lots of sport (outdoor and indoor), the wonderful winter arena of Arosa, socialising, cocktail parties, hot nights and relaxing moments are waiting for you!

Whether a skier, snowboarder, winter hiker, cross-country skier, hockey player, skater or a non-winter sports person: Arosa Gay Ski Week offers something for everyone.

More details on Arosa Gay Ski Week

For other gay ski events around the world check out our Gay Ski webpage.

For bookings or further assistance contact our Rainbow Concierge.