Monday, September 29, 2008

Get your tickets for Sleaze Ball this weekend

This weekend is the annual Sleaze Ball in Sydney.

Mardi Gras has advised tickets are selling fast so don't miss out buy your ticket now. 

So grab your ticket now and if you need accommodation then check out the Rainbow Tourism site for details.

Rainbow Tourism Turns 4; Opens office in NA

In the beginning, was focused on a single region – the South Pacific – and on delivering products for a niche audience – gay and lesbian visitors to Australia and New Zealand.

Today, the range of global tourism products offered on the gateway portal stretches from Toronto to Timbuktu! And the company has opened an office in North America to assist operators with reaching the gay and lesbian traveler with online marketing techniques. Peacock Tourism Marketing, a division of Rainbow Tourism International, now has a presence in both New York and Vancouver.

Since the launch in 2004, every operator listed on the site has gay or lesbian owners or has been certified as “gay friendly” under a monitored Rainbow Tourism Accreditation program (RTA).

No other online booking service has as many genuine gay and gay welcoming accommodation and tour operators.

Visitors can book lodging to limousines through the user-friendly and secure online booking system. Accommodation ranges from budget to luxury in cities and rural tourism regions, and tours include rail, cruise, adventure and wine trips.

Although is not an online travel agency, overseas travelers can also book RainbowTourism properties and tours via their travel agent at the time of booking airfares.

Reservations can also be made via affiliated website like GayVan and BQueer in Canada, Q Guide and The Pink Guide in Australia, and agencies in USA like Kennedy Travel and LifeJourneysVacations.

Although Rainbow Tourism has just turned 4, the company directors have more than 25 years experience in gay and lesbian travel industry and previously owned and operated various websites dedicated to gay and lesbian tourism.

1. For operators, high site visits and international exposure to gay and lesbian travelers are the main benefits. Rainbow Tourism’s North American division, called Peacock Tourism Marketing, helps operators with online marketing and representation services.

2. For visitors, the site is a centralized shop for booking a colourful collection of Rainbow Places, Rainbow Events and Rainbow Tours

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tourism Central Australia Award Winner

From Phil Walcott at the Rainbow Connection, Alice Springs

Just wanted to let you know how honoured & delighted I was to be presented with the Industry Achiever Award at the annual Tourism Central Australia awards night here in Alice Springs on Friday night. TRC was nominated in one category and I was nominated in two. Being nominated in three categories was a huge honour in itself. That the award was presented by Jeff Huyben (GM Voyages Alice Springs Resort - a long-term GALTA member and proud supporter of the local gay & lesbian communities) was a tremendous added bonus. Thanks, Jeff.
Being somewhat overwhelmed by this honour, I forgot to mention in my acceptance the huge influence that the teams from Tourism NT, Territory Discoveries and Tourism Central Australia play. All three 'tiers of tourism' are filled with some tremendously talented & gifted professionals dedicated to bringing the 'experience' of Central Australia to our national and global visitors. The passion with which they undertake their roles is remarkable and they need to be recognised as industry achievers in their own right. My sincere thanks to all of you that contribute so significantly to the development and maintenance of the tourism industry in the NT. That the gay and lesbian tourism markets are recognised & encouraged so well in this jurisdiction is a significant achievement. The continuing growth of the GALTA presence & membership in the NT demonstrates the success of your support.
My congratulations to the other winners on the night ( Young Achiever - Jayde Scheidegger - Aurora Alice Springs, New Tourism Innovation - Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour, Primary Tourism Operator - Glen Helen Resort, Communitry Festivals & Events - Tattersalls Finke Desert Race and the coveted Barry Bcholtz Award for Excellence so deservedly won by Brendan Heenan - MacDonnell Range Holiday Park) as well as the other nominees in all categories. Together, we all bring a special influence to our part of the world. It is such an honour & privilege to be part of that.
 Congratulations Phil from Mark & Dee at Rainbow Tourism. 

If you always wanted to visit Alice Spring then check out the Northern Territory page for details and if you need any assistance please contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hamilton Pride Week from 27 September

The annual Halmiton Pride week commences tomorrow with the launch at Shine Nightclub

This includes the showing of the film - Through Rainbow Coloured Glasses

There are a lot more events in the week - something for everyone so check out the Hamilton Pride Website

If you are a local then make sure you get along. 

Hamilton for the visitor is less than two hours from Auckland, or just over a couple of hours from Rotorua.

If you need accommodation, travel or assistance then check out the Hamilton page on Rainbow Tourism or contact the Concierge.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Feast Festival - 15 to 30th November 2008

Feast is Adelaide's annual lesbian and gay festival and occurs every November.

Feast has a number of events including it's annual Picnic in the Park, theatre and parties.

The feast annual programme will be out later this month.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Perth Pride: Fairday 28th 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.

When: Sunday, 28th September, 2008 11am until 6:30pm 
Where: Russell Square, Northbridge - The Home Of Pride 

How Much: 
$10 General
$5 Concession Holders & Pride Members
FREE Under 18

Facilities:  Food and Drinks will be on sale. A bar will be available. Toilets are on-site.
What to Bring: Picnic Blankets, Umbrellas, Cushions, Sunscreen. (No BYO Alcohol).

More details on the Perth Pride Website if you need travel assistance or accommodation check out Rainbow Tourism's Perth page or contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.