Entries in Gay Travel (13)

Wednesday
Jun012016

VISITSWEDENUK LAUNCHES "SWEDEN. YOU'RE WELCOME"

SWEDEN. YOU’RE WELCOME

 


VisitSweden UK launches new LGBT travel inspiration portal

For more information, contact Uwern Jong at Boutique Marketing. uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk / 0203 286 3170

Eurovision Song Contest darlings, Sweden (link: www.visitswedenlgbt.com) has launched a brand new online portal on interactive story-telling portal Medium, designed to inspire LGBT travellers to find out more about Sweden, its destinations and open-minded Swedish lifestyles. 

The site is part of VisitSweden’s ongoing effort, as one of a handful of national tourist boards to proactively, attract and engage LGBT people. The online hub at www.visitswedenlgbt.com will feature content – editorial, photos and videos, by a range of Ambassadors, both from the UK and Sweden, covering travel inspiration, Arts and culture, food, music, gay and lesbian lifestyles and much more.

Sweden has so much to offer LGBT travellers – urban-nature, unique and exciting things to do, beautiful people – but moreover – an unrivalled, forward-thinking approach to diversity. Same-sex sexual activity was legalized in 1944 and the age of consent was equalized in 1978 – the country has been pioneering when it comes to LGBT rights. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity has been banned since 1987. Sweden was also the first country in the world to allow transgender persons to a change their legal gender in 1972. This year, Sweden celebrates 7 years of nationwide same-gender marriage, backed overwhelmingly by the Church of Sweden – it’s a magic number 7, as Sweden was the 7th country in the world to afford its LGBT citizens such rights.

All of Sweden’s regional tourism authorities are proud to support the campaign, having worked with VisitSweden on LGBT engagement in travel for the last 5 years.

Stockholm (link: gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com), the (gay) capital of Scandinavia has been driving LGBT travel to the city for 15 years. It was last year crowned “Destination of the Year” at the British LGBT Awards, just before it hosted Eurogames – the world-reknowned gay sporting event. Most recently played host to arguably the best Eurovision Song Contest ever put on. Stockholm is a magnificent on the water, merging deep history to contemporary urban chic. 

Gothenburg (www.gothenburg.com) and West Sweden (link: www.vastsverige.com/en/West-Sweden/) is the closest entry point into Sweden from the UK, just under 2 hours flight and into an intimate, laid-back, super-fun city and its breathtaking surrounding archipelago. Gothenburg is a young, hip city, and hosts of West Pride – a fun, political and super-friendly LGBT festival and will play host, alongside Stockholm to Europride 2018. It is also renowned for its music, with amazing music festivals like Summerburst and Way Out West. It’s also a foodie paradise, with seven Michelin Star restaurants at the high-end (quite possibly the most starred restaurants per capita) and everything from gourmet meatballs to herring-trucks at the other. Just outside the city, a grand and breathtaking archipelago awaits – where lobster safaris, fresh oysters, stunning sunsets and quaint waterside towns abound. You could check out chic gay-owned hotels, or take in a designer sauna, or even get-active with some soft-adventure!

Malmö (www.malmotown.com) and Skåne (www.visitskane.com) shot to fame the last time Sweden hosted the Eurovision Song Contest (yes, they do keep winning). And this eccentric city, just across the bridge from Copenhagen has exploded as an LGBT city-break since. And that bridge, was of course made famous by Scandi-Noir crime series, The Bridge – you can get in touch with your inner Swedish detective here. You can rent a bike and check out the super-sustainable Western Harbour – and a close-up and personal view of the city’s icon, the Turning Torso. In the summer, head down and people-watch at Ribersborg Beach and spend some time unwinding at the Ribersborg Kallbadhus, a heritage bath-house where you sunbathe, sauna and sea-swim in the best way, nude. Malmö is in Skåne county, where rural pursuits abound. Known as the garden of Sweden – you can try Swedish wine here, and taste fresh, Swedish produce unlike anywhere else. It’s landscapes are awe-inspiring, peppered with castles leading into pine forests and beautiful, sandy beaches. 

 

The largest but least populated part of Sweden is Swedish Lapland (www.swedishlapland.co.uk) where it is all about the light. It is the most LGBT-welcoming place in the world to revel in the midnight-sun and in winter, to chase the stunning Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Progressive, diverse and fun – Swedish Lapland is home to some amazing places to stay – from the majestic ICEHOTEL to the spellbinding TreeHotel. It is also home to Sami-Pride, the LGBT festival of the natives of the region – quaint and wonderful at the same time. Kiruna, where in winter your ‘Frozen’ dreams come true, is home to a national ice-hockey team, who a couple of years ago changed their team-strip to rainbow colours in an anti-hate message against Russia ­– they’ve decided to keep the strip in ongoing solidarity with Sweden’s LGBT population.

Some much inspiration and they’re just getting started, so visit the site for year-round inspiration at www.visitswedenlgbt.com

On social media, join the conversation at #SwedenYoureWelcome and Like/Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/visitswedenlgbt) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/visitswedenlgbt)

For more information, contact Uwern Jong at Boutique Marketing. uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk / 0203 286 3170

Wednesday
Jul082015

STOCKHOLM TO HOST EUROVISION 2016

BRITISH LGBT AWARD WINNING “DESTINATION OF THE YEAR” TO HOST 2016 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

 

Stockholm will be the Host City of Eurovision Song Contest in May 2016. This was decided on Wednesday by Swedish host broadcaster SVT and European Broad Casting Union (EBU). Together with SVT, the City of Stockholm will create a new innovative arena concept, including all four venues - Tele 2 Arena, Ericsson Globe, Hovet and Annexet - in the Stockholm Globe District. This will be a unique concept in Eurovision history.

"It is an honor to be the host city of Eurovision Song Contest. Stockholm is music. Our city is boiling of activities that revolves around music. Creativity is close to our heart and we want this to be visible during the event. Hosting Eurovision is an opportunity for us to strengthen and stimulate the interest that music creates. We are looking forward greeting the world to Stockholm in May", says Karin Wanngård (s) Mayor of Stockholm.

The main events will take place at all four venues in the Stockholm Globe District. The finale will take place in Ericsson Globe on May 10-14th 2016.

"The solution with multiple arenas enables us to produce the Eurovision Song Contest in the Globe, have the press center at the Hovet and the delegations area at the Annex. The Jewel in the Crown is to take Eurovision Song Contest to the next level by incorporating Tele2 Arena during the evening of the finale" ,says Martin Österdahl, executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016

Did you know that three of the competing songs during ESC2015 were written in Stockholm during Song Writing Camp in January. Stockholm is the birthplace of the Swedish music phenomenon, from ABBA to Avicii, and one of the worlds leading music exporters. 

“The 'Stockholm Gay and Lesbian Network' of the Stockholm Visitor’s Board, alongside 'Stockholm Gay Life’, an organization for the gay business and social community in Stockholm are thrilled to be able to host this global event that has great appeal to so many LGBTI people – an opportunity to showcase our fabulous city, that we believe is among the, if not THE, most open-minded, LGBTI-welcoming city in the world. To hear of this just before we go into this year’s Stockholm Pride and Eurogames is fantastic news”, says Christina Guggenberger, who heads up marketing and outreach to LGBTI visitors, for the city of Stockholm.

-ENDS- 

Notes

The Stockholm Gay and Lesbian Network is a unique project within the Stockholm Visitors Board, funded by the city and travel partners (hotels, museums, restaurants, attractions) passionate about promoting LGBTI travel into the city – one of the only such networks in the world. Find out more at gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com or by following us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm / #outinstockholm

Wednesday
Apr292015

STOCKHOLM WINS “DESTINATION OF THE YEAR” AT THE BRITISH LGBT AWARDS 2015

Stockholm is thrilled to announce that after a public jury of over 100,000 votes from the UK’s LGBT community, that the capital of Sweden was awarded “Destination of the Year” at the British LGBT awards. Stockholm faced tough competition from larger European capital cities, including Paris and Amsterdam and also some LGBT-favourites, Gran Canaria, Brighton and Key West, Florida. 

This accolade, dubbed Britain’s “Gay Oscars” and is the UK’s most high-profile gay awards recognises the people and organisations with a track record in promoting equality and diversity and those the gay community has a great affection for. The award honours Stockholm the UK’s favourite gay travel destination this year, celebrating the destination’s ongoing commitment to promoting LGBT tourism.

Christina Guggenberger, who has headed up the Stockholm Gay and Lesbian Network of the Stockholm Visitors Board for over 10 years comments: 

“We thank the British LGBT Awards for this, it is such an honour to be nominated, and to win is truly amazing. All the destinations nominated tonight are winners because they do great work in promoting important LGBT travel, something we are passionate in Stockholm. We believe in absolute diversity in our city and promoting inbound travel is not something we do just because it is good for the tourism economy, but because LGBT equality is something that is really part of our way of life.”

Uwern Jong of Boutique Marketing, who is Stockholm’s LGBT Ambassador across UK and Europe comments further:

“Our ultimate thanks goes to the Great British LGBT public, over a hundred thousand of you who voted for us as your favourite destination. We’ll be so pleased to have you all in Stockholm, especially this year with our Big Gay Stockholm Summer including Stockholm Pride and Eurogames. Tussen Tack! as we say in Swedish. A thousand thank yous to you all and hope to see you in Stockholm later this year!!”

The Stockholm Gay and Lesbian Network, a project within the Stockholm Visitors Board is unique, funded by partners who are passionate about gay and lesbian travel into the city. It works on groundbreaking global campaigns to market and develop Stockholm as an interesting and attractive destination to LGBT travellers.

Stockholm is the place where “narrow streets meets open minds” – a truly gay-welcoming, exciting, adventurous, cultured, trendy, sensual, delicious, social, fun, feminist, and queer destination.

Stockholm has long been attracting LGBT tourists, but it was just a few years ago that targeted campaigns to draw British LGBTs kicked-off, firstly creating interest in the destination for its world-famous Pride celebrations, but then driving more specific all-year-round interest in its sophisticated culture, fashion, food and LGBT lifestyle – and its beautiful and friendly people.

The city is a must-visit – the perfect place for a gay wedding or honeymoon (celebrating six glorious years of equal marriage backed by the Church of Sweden) and this year, proud host to Eurogames, one of the biggest global LGBT events.

For everything you need to know about gay and lesbian Stockholm, visit: gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com

Also follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm and #outinstockholm 

-ENDS-

For more information, contact Uwern Jong at Boutique Marketing, +44 203 286 3170 or uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk

 

Wednesday
Mar182015

SPRING INTO A "BIG GAY SUMMER" IN STOCKHOLM

Summer in Stockholm, the Capital of Scandinavia is guaranteed to excite travellers from all backgrounds; but this year, gay and lesbian visitors will experience an exhilarating ‘BIG GAY SUMMER’, kicking-off with the ever growing STOCKHOLM PRIDE and extending into EUROGAMES, one of the world’s largest LGBT sporting festivals and landmark events in the global LGBT calendar.

Stockholm, a breathtakingly beautiful capital city is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. Its stunning buildings (and people), fresh air and proximity to the water makes it a wonderful place to spend the extra long summer days. Take what you want from Stockholm: the exciting, cultured, adventurous, trendy, sensual, delicious, social, fun; many people say it, but Stockholm really does have something for everyone – we guarantee you will fall in love with the city and long to return.
 
Stockholm is a truly open-minded and diverse capital city, making it a perfect destination for gay and lesbian travellers. It is also a wonderful holiday destination for modern families. Also, the city is celebrating 6 glorious years of equal marriage, backed by the Church of Sweden, so making it a perfect setting for gay and lesbian weddings and honeymoons.

The Stockholm Gay and Lesbian Network, a project within Stockholm Visitors Board is unique – funded by partners who are passionate about gay and lesbian travel into the city – and arguably the only network of its kind in the world. It works on groundbreaking global campaigns to market and develop Stockholm as an interesting and attractive destination to LGBT travellers.
 
gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com
www.facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm
#outinstockholm


For the latest updates on gay and lesbian Stockholm, news from members of the network and LGBTQ voices from the city, visit gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com
 
For more detailed press information on things to do in the city, shopping, food and drink and events, visit our press room: visitstockholm.com/press
 
For further press information, press-trips and latest news about gay and lesbian Stockholm: Uwern Jong, Boutique Marketing, uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk 


EUROGAMES
 
EuroGames is among the world’s largest LGBTQ-events (held just 3 times each decade), founded by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) in 1992 to combat discrimination and promote the right to engage in sport, politics and culture - regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, ethnic origin, political beliefs, or athletic or artistic ability.
 
EuroGames Stockholm is expected to attract over 5,000 participants and more than 250,000 visitors. Previous host cities include Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp. The games will feature an exciting range of events, both sporting and cultural.

Its Sporting Ambassadors include Swedish National Football team player and QX LGBTQ Person of the Year, Nila Fischer, fellow team-mate Victoria Sandell Svensson, German National Football Player Thomas Hitzperger and and Swedish National Handball player Tobias Karlsson. Other equally important Ambassadors include actress and transgender activist Aleksa Lundberg, politician Birgitta Ohlsson, and Artist Lars Lerin.
 
05 August – 09 August 2015 | www.eurogamesstockholm.com #eurogamessthlm


Stockholm Pride is the biggest of all the Nordic Pride festivals and an event that draws LGBTQ people from across the world to sample its atmosphere. A pioneer in innovative ideas for the LGBTQ community, Stockholm Pride features an action packed, week-long festival and celebration of all things LGBTQ.
 
27 July – 01 August 2015 | www.stockholmpride.org #stockholmpride

Monday
Jul282014

IT'S PRIDE WEEK IN STOCKHOLM!

It’s Pride week here in Stockholm and we’re gearing up for Scandinavia’s biggest LGBTQI Pride Festival. But on a normal day, there’s so much to be proud of here. So we're thrilled to feature a few special Pride related nuggets from our proud city.

 

MEET SANDRA EHNE, PRESIDENT OF STOCKHOLM PRIDE

 

On the Stockholm Gay and Lesbian blog this month at gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com, you can get acquainted with Sandra Ehne, President of Stockholm Pride. Despite her being a busy bee this month, she took time out of her schedule to speak with us, and we asked her about everything from where she finds her inspiration, to what not to miss in Stockholm. Read the whole interview here. More about Stockholm Pride 2014.


MORGAN’S STOCKHOLM

“We hold hands and kiss just like everybody else who’s in love.” Morgan.

Rather than showing the classic image of Stockholm, ten Stockholmers have been asked by Stockholm Visitors Board as part of their mainstream campaign, to share their thoughts about the city they love. Neither attractions nor classic views are on display. Instead, ordinary Stockholmers openly discuss their love for Stockholm, their interests, their relationship to the city and how they live here. 

The ten videos feature people like Jonas the geocacher, Madde the skateboarder, Sam the runner, Öivind the grandfather, and Otilia, who found love on the subway. But our favourite here is Morgan’s story – a gay man who believes Stockholm is the greatest gay city on earth and recently married his husband on a church on Södermalm.  The videos conclude with the hashtag #mystockholm and the pay-off “What’s yours?”.

View Morgan’s story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ch7kPt373w

 

PROUD TO EAT


One other thing we’re really proud of here in Stockholm is our food. Stockholm has experienced a culinary boom the last couple of years. Now everything, it seems, evolves around food. New venues are opening one after another. A block or two away from the tourist track you will find some of the most interesting places in town right now. Here are our tips!

 

Vigårda

Vigårda is a fast food restaurant located in the shopping center Mood. We like the interior as much as the food! It’s a stylish, affordable, fast food BBQ restaurant with delicious food. Vigårda is – fast food as we like it! http://vigarda.se/

 

Brasserie Le Rouge

There’s no Swedish minimalism at this place. Visiting the restaurant Le Rouge is like stepping into French fin-de-siecle. Classic French and Italian composed menus are served here, and tradition is more important than trendiness. Don’t miss the bar next door, Le Bar Rouge, which has quickly become one of Stockholm’s most popular hang-outs! http://lerouge.se/

 

Orangeriet

This convivial cocktail bar and outdoor cafe is located on Norr Mälarstrand seafront. The bartenders are topnotch, and the stylish décor is reminiscent of English gardens. The high level of ambition and attention to detail are familiar from Melker Andersson’s other restaurants. http://orangerietbar.se/

 

SLEEP NO MORE

To celebrate Stockholm Pride 2014 (28 July to 2 August) the Berns is hosting its own epic party. Packed with international and local acts from the world’s LGBT scene, Berns’ celebrations get going as soon as ‘The Queen of Europe’, Conchita Wurst, has opened Pride - at Östermalms IP AKA Pride Park on Wednesday, 30 July - with revellers heading to the hotel’s newly-launched gay club night, ‘Glory’.

Then, on Saturday, the real party starts. Kick off an unforgettable evening at Berns’ chandeliered concert hall, Stora Salongen, which promises a wild and insanely-fun night of cutting-edge music and unforgettable atmosphere - courtesy of London-based GutterSlut - featuring renowned DJs such as Per QX, Nic Fisher and Ralf Obergfell. UK DJ club collective,Horse Meat Disco, will also be pumping out exciting tracks in the hotel’s Spegelsalen, or pop downstairs to Berns’ own basement nightclub, Gallery 2.35:1 (open for one night in the summer only), for a live set from resident DJ Staffan Lindberg and DJ Boris -  a popular fixture of Berlin club life.

www.berns.se/en

-ENDS-


The above ideas are excerpts from the fabulous Gay and Lesbian Network blog, with the inside track on what’s hot in Stockholm for LGB people. To find out more, visit gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com or join the Facebook page at Facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS, PRESS TRIPS, IMAGES etc, please contact Uwern Jong, Boutique Marketing, 0203 286 3170 - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk