Having recently returned from Washington, D.C. for their pride celebration, I thought I’d share findings from Generali Global Assistance which says two-thirds of Americans plan to travel this summer (up 5% from last summer).
Will you be taking time off from work this summer?
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The findings from Generali Global Assistance are not LGBTQ-specific and I looked back at CMI’s 21st Annual LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Survey to see if they shared any insight into travel this year as compared to last but didn’t see that information. My hunch is that lesbian and gay singles and couples who don’t have children probably travel more than the general population and the percentage of LGBTQ travelers in general would be higher than Generali Global Assistance findings.
For the third time, last week Jet Blue filed to launch nonstop airline service between Boston and Havana, Cuba. Citing a saturated market, Spirit, Frontier and Silver airways are ending their commercial trips between south Florida and Havana. Jet Blue’s application requests to be able to start service effective November 1 and indicates they would use a 162-seat A320 with weekly service on Saturdays.
I’m off traveling for work until later this week so I thought I’d share a bit of airline humor which is likely lost on all of you who enjoy some level of status with a particular airline.
I will be slower than usual with replying to emails, confirming comments and posting, while I travel for work. Thank you for bearing with me while I’m away.
Earlier this week discount airline, Norwegian Air, rolled out a killer sale for flights from Providence, RI to introduce new flight routes that will begin later this summer from that airport. The new nonstop flights to Scotland and Ireland which start at $65 for a one way fare are now sold out, but Norwegian Air says its long term lowest fares on these routes will remain quite low, with more deals to come with fares starting as low as at $99 one way.
Norwegian’s eye-popping introductory fares show just how much competition there is among European discount airlines which in recent years have set their sights on U.S. airports. Norwegian, along with Icelandic upstart WOW Air, have added multiple new routes between the New England and Europe recently.
New Norwegian Air destinations from Providence
Edinburgh flights begins June 16
Belfast flights begins July 1
Cork flights begins July 1
Dublin flights begins July 2
Shannon flights begins July 3
Following my post on the CMI LGBT travel and tourism survey, I thought it would be fitting to share news about Azore Airlines sale which starts today and runs through February 28th. Their promotion which is valid for trips booked between March 27 – June 19 offer roundtrip flights from Boston to the Azores for $568 (including tax). Passengers can upgrade to Business Class for just a few hundred dollars more each way. Restrictions/blackout may dates apply in some cases. Capacity controlled and subject to availability.
Madeira Island in the Azores is approximately 750 miles southwest of Lisbon off the coast of Africa. Red volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea characterize Madeira’s fascinating landscape. The islands steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.
Azores Airlines, part of the SATA Group. For more information about booking flights visit azoresairlines.pt.
Each year Community Marketing Inc. (CMI) share the results of their annual LGBT travel and tourism survey. This past December findings from their 2016 survey were shared after collecting and analyzing responses from more than 4,700 people. The survey focuses on travel in the United States and is of interest to those in the travel industry as well as people like yours truly who is curious to see how LGBT travelers differ from the industry-at-large.
In CMI’s survey they found that LGBT travelers want many of the same things, for example survey respondents indicated rest and relaxation was the most important aspect of their travel but people “relax” differently. In the case of travelers who identify as gay, visiting large cities, LGBT-popular destinations and nightlife were more important than lesbian travelers. More lesbians preferred visiting nature and remaining active outdoors; not much of a surprise.
Source: CMI’s 21st Annual LGBT Travel Survey Report
The most popular destinations in the US for LGBT travelers (this includes for work and leisure) was New York City followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago. It was noted on CMI’s webcast (where they explained a lot of their findings) that Boston slipped for the first time out of the top 10, ranking 11th. It was also noted that interest in Seattle has increased and they tied for 8th most visited destination along with San Diego and Fort Lauderdale.
The survey provides more information about demographics, how the LGBT community spend their time and money when they travel. If this is of interest to you check out the link below that I’ve included or Google the survey to download and read all the findings from their 2016 survey.
About Survey Respondents: The majority of respondents identified as single gay men who earn less than $100,000. You can see the full breakdown of the demographics if you download their report if you find this sort of thing interesting: CMI LGBT Travel & Tourism Survey 2016.
Two weeks ago Sergio and I spent a few nights in sunny, warm Miami to forget about winter and relax. Below is my review of the hotel, The Gaythering.
Located one block from Biscayne Bay on Lincoln Road, The Gaythering is a boutique hotel that markets itself as Miami’s only gay hotel. I would describe it as part hotel, part bar and part sauna / spa. The entire property seems to give a nod to the Red Light district with its color palette of blood red, grey and black – not what one typically thinks of for South Beach. The property draws a lot of locals because of the bar and saunas which adds a nice dynamic that was missing at the other property we stayed at on this visit. We had the chance to meet and talk to guys who live in the area and get tips that are hard to come by otherwise if you are a gay traveler unfamiliar with South Beach.
A note and sparkling wine was set up in our room to congratulate us on our anniversary
The property unabashedly serves the gay community and from what I saw during my stay it seems that it is paying off. On the weekends tourists mix with locals who come to the hotel bar to socialize en masse. A local explained to me that while Miami is known for their nightclubs, they have very few gay bars you can go to just hang out, relax and chat.
The back room located to the right of the check-in counter (and shown below) is set up with board games and is host to a titillating library, featuring everything from Bruce Weber to Madonna’s Sex Book. The rooms are clean and room 3100 located in the back where we stayed was surprisingly quiet considering how many people were two levels below us in the courtyard drinking and socializing.
The big negative to this property is its lack of water views, pool or access to the beach, but fortunately, South Beach is an easy 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride on Lincoln Road. This hotel is going to appeal to men who wants to be close to a party-like atmosphere and are not bothered by the lack of access to the beach or pool. A big plus for the hotel is their “Crate Share Rooms” which are very affordable for those traveling on a tight budget. Should you go, say hello to the Sergio who works the front desk. He is handsome and helpful and was one of several people we met while staying there who really made us feel welcome.
BosGuy rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Good.
The Gaythering South Beach
1409 Lincoln Road, Miami South Beach
Below are photos of our room at The Gaythering