Exhibitors are presenting an even bigger and more diverse range of holiday opportunities and the latest trends in gay and lesbian travel (LGBT travel) at ITB Berlin. This fast-growing segment is represented by an array of new exhibitors in the LGBT Travel Pavilion (Hall 21.b). “Thanks also to ITB Berlin, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender has developed in recent years from a niche into an internationally recognised product,” said Rika Jean-François, CSR officer at ITB Berlin.
An overview of some exhibitors:
Illinois and Chicago: “Amazing for All”
The Illinois Office of Tourism introduced the new Amazing for All campaign. “Illinois is one of the first states in the Great Lakes region to address the LGBTQ market directly. Our message is: everyone is welcome here with us in Illinois,” said Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “The diversity in Chicago and Illinois reflects the diversity of our world.”
Deborah Theis and Christine Hobler
Tel: (069) 25538-280
New York: celebrating 50 years since Stonewall in 2019
2019 will be colourful in the state of New York when WorldPride takes place with dazzling events, parades, and concerts in New York City as well as in countless cities throughout the state – all under the motto “Millions of Moments in Pride.” For the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, WorldPride is coming back to the birthplace of the LGBT movement. New York City will host the mother of all Prides, but the proud, colourful celebration will go on throughout the state.
Tel: 0049 (0) 170-9643780
Vienna Tourism: LGBT destination of the year
Vienna was named Destination of the Year at the Australian LGBT awards in Sydney, winning over competitors like New York City, Canada, Thailand, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. “The award shows that Vienna has gone from a hidden hero to a hot spot for the LGBT community,” said Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner. Conchita Wurst was also honoured. The song contest winner from 2014 won in the International Icon category. Vienna celebrates its LGBT scene with a variety of events including the Rainbow Ball, the Vienna Boylesque Festival, and the Vienna Fetish Spring. EuroPride will take place in the Austrian capital in 2019.
Tel: 0043 676 889 29 365
Visit Stockholm: EuroPride 2018 for the first time in two cities
After Madrid, Euro-CSD is moving north – to Sweden, where for the first time, the parade will take place in two cities. “Two cities, one country – representing a unified Europe that is open to the world,” declared Stockholm press representative Birgitta Palmér. Stockholm, EuroPride host already in 1998 and 2008, will begin the festivities on 27 July, and on 14 August they will close in Gothenburg.
Hall 21b, Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion