Happy World Tourism Day! This coming 27 September, we join our partners around the globe in celebrating the importance of international tourism and the vital value of its social, cultural, political and economic impacts. Launched in 1980 by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), World Tourism Day was timed to mark the anniversary of the group’s founding statutes ten years earlier. On this day more than ever, we recommit ourselves to fostering world travel and promoting its many invaluable benefits.
TUSCANY: THE PLACE TO BE YOURSELF
The cradle of humanism is historically supportive of the idea of civil rights. Naturally inclusive, tolerant and progressive, this is reflected in the tourism sector that has dedicated experiences on offer for LGBTQ+ travelers, such as in Versilia. Among the artistic treasures of cities like Florence and Siena, there are the troubled love stories of LGBTQ+ artists, stories of oppression and freedom that now constitute important reference points for a unique reinterpretation of some of the founding historical and artistic movements of Western culture. However, it is above all today that Tuscany looks to diversity as it evolves, grows and embodies values: an essential element for a connected and open community, with a wealth of history but also looking to the future.
According to the Spartacus Gay Travel Index, Germany ranks among the top 15 LGBTQ+ welcoming countries in the world, and its bigger cities particularly are known for their openness. Queer visitors looking for welcoming destinations should visit Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Cologne, as these are considered to be the biggest and LGBTQ+ friendliest cities of Germany. In fact, the cities, towns and municipalities of Germany organize more than 60 annual Pride and LGBTQ+ events all around the country.
TRAVELING WITH PRIDE ON THE VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS
Prepare for a glamorous gathering of LGBTQ+ icons on a legendary journey celebrating modern queer brilliance. Travel with pride and embrace your inner decadence as you embark on a journey back in time aboard glittering vintage carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Be wined and dined in meticulously restored 1920s dining cars, before raising sparkling toasts in iconic Bar Car '3674'. Between plush cabins and palpable history, a truly astonishing journey awaits.