Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Portage Resort - Celebrate your relationship

Rainbow Tourism is pleased to welcome the Portage Resort Hotel in Kenepuru Sounds, Marlborough, New Zealand as our newest Rainbow Tourism Accredited hotel.

This resort is an ideal location for your civil union. The resort accommodation and facilities all capture the beautiful water views in this magic Marlborough Sounds location. Guests can relax in the gardens right by the water.

Then relax by walking and cycling on the Queen Charlotte Track, or one of the many more magic Marlborough Sounds activities with The Portage Adventure Centre where you can hire a sea kayak, mountain bike, go sailing, boating or fishing.

The Discover Portage activity program features water, walks and wine experiences - go cruising, bird watching, taste wine on a tour of Marlborough vineyards, see dolphins, feed fish, enjoy a green-shelled mussel on the Marlborough Icons cruise from Havelock. All organised for you by friendly resort staff.

Of course you don't have to have a civil union to enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

Contact the Rainbow Concierge for more details about Kenepuru Sounds.

Monday, April 28, 2008

St Petersburg Transfers and Gay Tour

Our newest operator is St Petersburg transfer service specialising in airport to city transfers.

The service also offers a night gay tour of the city with your own English speaking gay guide. You can visit all the gay nightspots without having to worry about how you will get back to your hotel.

So contact St Petersburg transfer service now for your next visit to St Petersburg, Russia.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kenya Safaris - Isaac Safaris

Isaac Safaris offer safaris in Kenya and welcome gay and lesbian travelers.

Major highlights of their tours are:

  • Masai mara national reserve --it is now the new seven wonders of the world, covers 1,510 sq km . famous the the 'big five'' . the masai mara migration of nearly 2 million wildbeasts is the greates attraction .
  • lake nakuru national park-this is the home of millions of flamingos . also known as ''orthological paradise''. also home of black and white rhinos.
  • Amboseli national park-famous for big hereds of elephants with the largest tusks in kenya.
  • Aberdares national park-long ranges of mountainsalso home of the famous TREETOPS where Queen Elizabeth II of great britain ascended to the throne in 1952. , elephant , lions ,leopards buffallos are very common here.
  • Tsavo east and west national parks - all types of wildlife available here . the biggest national park in the east african region.
  • Meru national park
  • Lake bogoria and baringo
  • Mt. kenya climbing
  • Saiwa national park
  • Samburu national park
  • Kakamega forest
  • Lake victoria
  • beach holidays
  • water sports
  • tailor -made safaris
Kenya is sometimes in the news for the wrong reasons but is always a wonderful place to visit. We will have more details of standard tours online shortly but in the meantime contact the Rainbow Tourism concierge for more details.

Thailand - Nirvana Villa & Spa

Nirvana Villa & Spa is a new Rainbow Tourism Accredited luxury accommodation.

If you are looking for something different in Thailand then this resort is your place to rejuvenate.

There are 5 luxurious suites in the villa that can welcome up to 10 guests. You and your friends will be indulged by a team of six persons, constantly available. Their mission is to make your dreams come true. This is an all inclusive formula. Everything is included in your package. The meals prepared by our Thai Chef (Thai and Western specialities), beverages (cocktails, alcohol, beer, soft drinks, fruit juice, shakers…), the room’s mini-bar, the room service, the concierge…

Or watch the -plasma screens, DVD, satellite radio and television in all rooms or send a message to your friends via the wireless internet access.

Of course the swimming Pool & Jacuzzi, lounge, wet bar, fitness, Spa & Massages, private cinema, Recreation & billiard room, sound system for impromptu parties are some of the activities available at Nirvana Villa.

This wonderful resort is gay friendly and is located just a short flight from Bangkok.

If you are looking for something different then consider the Nirvana Villa on Koh Samui Island, Thailand.

If you need any more information or want to make any bookings contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

$999 Aussie Pass for North Americans

If you’re entertaining the idea of a trip to Australia, you’ll want to consider this special offer from QANTAS Airways.

San Francisco or Los Angeles to Australia

Depart May 1-31 or August 1-31

Normally $1099. $100 rebate if you go looking for a Tasmanian Devil.

Choose Hobart or Launceston in Tassie, and you can add 3 other cities. Pick from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide or the Gold Coast.

You can book directly with Qantas then come to RainbowTourism.com and let us help you with accommodation, cars or tours in your chosen cities.

Go Gay, Stay Gay, Play Gay!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk

Today's weather forecast was for showers but we still headed down to the new Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk.

It is a short 1 1/2 hour drive from Sydney but a traffic accident on the Sydney to Wollongong freeway added an extra 30 minutes to the trip.

The walkway itself is located between Robertson in the Southern Highlands and Jamberoo in The Illawarra. It has spectacular views over the Illawarra and the walk among the tree tops is a wonderful to get up close and personal with nature without disturbing it.

And of course you can relax at the end at the cafe for coffee and a bite to eat.

Some interesting facts about the walkway:

  • The Treetop Walk is 500 metres long with an average height of 25 metres
  • Knights Tower is 45 metres high
  • The Treetop walk has a 280km/hr wind speed design
  • The cantilevers can hold a maximum weight of 28 tonne or 800 wombats!!
  • The Treetop Walk holds an average of 400kg/m2
If you have time make a short diversion on the way to check out the Carrington Falls. One good thing with the rain there was sufficient water to make a respectable waterfall.

If you want an extended stay in the region check out the accommodation in the region

Off to Vegas

Rainbow Mark is flying in from SYD and Rainbow Dee is winging her way from PDX. Hello Vegas. Hello Bette Midler, Hello Lake Mead.
We've been invited to attend the 25th Anniversary Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association - Dee as Charter Member and Director Emeritus and Mark as Ambassador for Australia.

It will be full-on five days of meetings, trade shows, networking, Pride activities and rendezvousing with friends unseen for many years of separation.

Just in case there's time, I brushed up on my BlackJack game this week with ace dealer Melanie Love. Ciao, Dee

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Airplane Read of the Month

I know what I'll be reading as I head to Sin City (Las Vegas) at the end of the month for the 25th Anniversary convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.

Among the guest speakers at the meeting of 325 travel professionals is the author of the new book "Gay and Lesbian Tourism: the Essential Guide for Marketing." Jeff Guaracino just happens to be from my hometown of Philadelphia (AKA The City of Brotherly Love. Uh huh.).

His landmark campaign was called Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay, which instigated major gay tourism increases in Philly and inspired other cities to initiate efforts to provide a welcoming environment for GLBT visitors.

Some of the anecdotes may help readers make new travel choices and also help us all understand the courting techniques being practiced on us by destinations and travel businesses.

Be a savvy traveler. Read this book before you plan your next trip.

PS RainbowTourism.com is the IGLTA Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand and will be attending the Vegas confab. If you live in the area, be sure to drop by the Travel Expo on Sat. May 3 to get vacation planning brochures and destination information.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Western Hemisphere Visitors to Australia Climbs


No surprise, the three largest sources of Australian visitors...UK, New Zealand, and USA. They have led the charts for past three years. Also starting to arrive downunder are more and more Germans, Canadians, and Middle Easterners/Africans.

It's only far the first time. Have you thought of Australia for your next holiday? Come on down and plant your country's flag!

Sunshine Coast - Get off the beaten track ex Pomona


Noosa Avalon Cottages was an accidental find when Mark and I toured the Sunshine Coast...and still dear to our hearts. Linda was a delightful host and showed us around her farm.

Pomona is growing as a destination, so there's a lot more to do and places to eat than when we passed through two years ago. But the beauty of the place is that you can do nothing and listen to silence, sit on the veranda sipping complimentary wine or bubbly and enjoy a lovely night beneath the stars in this delightful eyrie.

Specials for April
Book 3 nights and get the 4th FREE
Stay 2 nights and receive free wine and homemade goodies

The 2008 rate is $150 per couple per night.