GAY TRAVEL

Today’s show was a milestone for us, the first on GAY TRAVEL. This market is expanding by leaps and bounds, both in the US and overseas. In 2008, for example, it generated over 65 billion in revenue for US marketers.

Guests included John Tanzella, Executive Director for the IGLTA ( International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association ) which has members in 63 countries, and offices in 15. It works with all the majors in travel and tourism including national and international media. Its purpose is to assist the gay and lesbian traveler through marketing, education, networking and special events throughout the year. Link: www.IGLTA.org

The IGLTA’s counterpart in Canada is Travel Gay Canada. Its CEO, Darryl Schuurman, is responsible for improving economic opportunities for gay-friendly organizations in the tour and travel business through market research, market development and the promotion of Canada as a gay-friendly destination. The parent is The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Darryl is also the Manager of Market Development for VIA, the national railway system of Canada.

On the Canadian side also was Greg Larocque, President, Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association, NA, which is promoting the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia as well as PRIDE HOUSE, new venture. It will be located in the Pan Pac Hotel in Whistler Village, BC. This is planned as a welcoming venue for the GLBT athletic community, the first of its kind. It will also provide information on GLBT events throughout the year, as well as conferences, festivals, and important initiatives for this audience and will interface with a number of social outreach organizations including EGALE, LIGIT, GLISA and RAINBOW REFUGE. Refer to: glarocque@shaw.ca for more information.

From American Airlines we heard from Betty Young. She is the Manager for Diverse Segment Marketing there. She’s involved in all aspects of group diversity, and works closely with her associate, George Carrancho, AA’s national director of the LGBT segment, headquarted in Dallas, Texas. Previous to her current assignment Betty served on AA’s Rainbow team in a number of areas including service marketing and customer relations.

Alan Beck has been the Publisher of Columbia Fun Maps for the past 18 years and currently serves on the board of both Travel Gay Canada and the IGLTA. His company provides physical and on-line maps covering the major gay and lesbian destinations in the US and Canada. The maps have earned a reputation as being a “must have” item for the gay and lesbian community. For the latest “in” destination on both sides of the border this is the one to have. Note- logististic are provided with whatever destination you may have in mind. Link: www. FunMaps.com for more info.

From the lodging industry we were guested by Bryan Halker from Kimpton Hotels Corp. Bryan is part of the Corporate Relations Department headquartered in San Francisco, CA. His responsibities include providing the gay and lesbian community with affordable lodging through the various promotional programs his office offers. Bryan works with a variety of travel outlets to encourage opportunities throughout the US for his GLT audience.

About The Author

Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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