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RAINBOW SKI WEEKEND
Blue Mountain celebrates the end of the ski season with Pride

10 APR 2019: There seems to be a growing trend toward LGBT-themed events taking place over the winter months. Whistler was one of the first destinations to do so here in Canada, with Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, now nearing three decades since its inaugural event back in 1992. Since then Jasper Pride has been organized for the past 10 years in early spring, perfect for last minute spring skiing in the Rockies. As well, this winter saw the first Elevation Gay Ski Week at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, and the second edition of Rainbow Ski Week at Blue Mountain Ski Resort near Collingwood, Ontario.


THE WONDERFUL WEST
Whistler and Vancouver

14 AUG 2018: British Columbia is well known for its wilderness and laid back west-coast atmosphere. Vancouver’s cosmopolitan ocean-side character attracts visitors the world over, while an hour north, Whistler Village has shaped itself into a first-class four-season outdoor adventure paradise.


IGLTA CONVENTION A HUGE SUCCESS
Toronto event best ever

22 MAY 2018: The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Associations 35th Anniversary Global Convention, was held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, May 9 to 12.  The event brought together approximately 500 tourism professionals, representing 40 countries, who shared innovative ideas and best practices, making it the most globally diverse conference in IGLTA’s history.


IGLTA Global Convention in Toronto
May 9 to 12, 2018

08 MAY 2019:The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) Global Convention takes place this week in Toronto, and will welcome international delegates from across the world. This is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ tourism professionals. The 35th edition of the conference will connect gay, lesbian and gay friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment programme, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions.


35TH ANNUAL IGLTA CONVENTION

28 FEB 2018: The 35th Annual International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Global Convention will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, May 9 to 12. This is the second time the organization has held their event in Toronto, the previous one being in 2009, and the sixth time in Canada - the others being Vancouver (1989/2004) and Montreal (1998/2007). It's a trade event for anyone in the tourism industry who wants to learn more about LGBT tourism and connect with industry leaders around the world.


ONTARIO PARKS 125
Year Long Celebrations Are Now Underway

21 FEB 2018: Ontario Parks is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and there are literally hundreds of special events planned throughout the year, including cultural heritage programmes, stewardship activities, a concert series, and a series of legacy projects. This is in addition to their numerous recurring annual events that are offered across their expansive network. It all started in 1893 with the creation of Canada's first provincial park, Algonquin. Today, Ontario Parks protects 340 provincial parks, which encompass just under eight percent of Ontario, an area larger than both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined!

 


LAS VEGAS PRIDE
Support, strength, celebration.

17 OCT 2017: With the recent tragedy happening in Las Vegas, the LGBT community are ready to show support for the city. One Magical Weekend, Aspen Gay Ski Week and Las Vegas Pride are coming together to invite their friends from around the world to join them October 19 to 22, , in downtown Las Vegas as they turn Fremont Street into a display of rainbow love.


INAUGURAL RUN
Rainbow Train from Sault Ste. Marie

11 OCT 2017: The inaugural Rainbow Train departed Station Inn in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, last month with over 160 passengers from the LGBT community and their friends. Tickets were purchased from Toronto to Timmins, and many places in between. Quite a few also arrived from neighbouring United States, which has easy access right across the Sault Ste, Marie International Bridge.


IS MADRID THE GAYEST CITY IN THE WORLD

03 OCT 2017: According to a recent poll by Nestpick, an organization that helps individuals relocate to cities around the world, Madrid ranks number one as a place that LGBT individuals would be most welcomed. For a city to rank strongly as an LGBT destination, it must have a vibrant gay dating scene, a lively alternative nightlife, open minded citizens, and low levels of hate crime, as well as taking into account the national laws affecting the LGBT community, such as the right to get married or adopt children.


PRESIDENTS, POLITICS, PARADES, AND PRIDE

23 JAN 2017: Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States. Now, what’s next in President Trump’s quest to “Make America Great Again” in a nation that is clearly divided over numerous issues - many of which directly impact the LGBT community?


RAINBOW ROUNDUP

07 APR 2016: March was a relatively quiet month for LGBT travel news items. Well, unless we look at all the ruckus going on south of the border once again. State after state is introducing new “religious freedom” bills that could possibly lead to discrimination toward individuals based on sexuality and gender.


WILL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAWS IMPACT TRAVEL?

April 2016: Here we go again. Many may remember last year when Indiana enacted new legislations based around “Religious Freedoms”, which many in the LGBT community took as a direct attack on them. Basically it would allow discrimination based on one’s religious beliefs, so that denying accommodations and other services to LGBT individuals would be permissible if that is what the higher powers have told you is right. As for same-sex marriages, this also could be denied despite it being declared legal across the nation. Eventually, Indiana reversed their decision, after a backlash from activists, and more importantly tourism and corporations (i.e. lost revenue to the state).


BRUSSELS AIRLINES LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE FROM TORONTO

07 APR 2016: Brussels Airlines begins their weekly non-stop flight service between Toronto Pearson and Brussels Airport starting today. This is great news for the city that is still recovering from the horrific airport bombings that took place last month.


BRUSSELS AIRLINES LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE FROM TORONTO

07 APR 2016: Brussels Airlines begins their weekly non-stop flight service between Toronto Pearson and Brussels Airport starting today. This is great news for the city that is still recovering from the horrific airport bombings that took place last month.


RAINBOW ROUNDUP

08 MAR 2016:  In this edition of Rainbow Roundup we take a look at LGBT news and events  happening around the globe.


JANUARY RAINBOW ROUNDUP
A monthly summary of LGBT news and events

04 FEB 2016:As much as Pride events around the world continue to be a voice for some in the LGBT community to raise awareness of political issues, for others it’s also a great party atmosphere. Similarly, politics often go hand-in-hand when this community makes decisions on where to travel. 


DECEMBER 2015 LGBT ROUNDUP

08 JAN 2016: Rainbow InFocus is your monthly wrap of LGBT news from around the world, spotlighting friendly places to travel to, latest developments in human rights, and other travel related tidbits of knowledge to make planning your next journey that much easier.


NOVEMBER RAINBOW ROUNDUP
A summary of LGBT news and events

02 DEC 2015: In response to the New York Times 52 places to visit in 2015, Out Traveler released their own list of 10 places LGBT travellers should not visit – Nigeria, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Senegal, Lithuania, Sudan, Egypt, Russia, and Uganda. Alternatively, The Guardian (UK) put Toronto at the top of their LGBT-friendly city travel list.


OVER THE RAINBOW
Fitting finish to World Pride Toronto

02 JUL 2014: Kathleen Wynne strode, Andrea Horvath and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair rode, John Tory ambled and Olivia Chow danced through the streets of Toronto at Sunday’s Pride Parade. In fact, Toronto did itself proud as it hosted over two weeks of hugely successful World Pride celebrations held for the first time in North America.

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