Entries in Gay Travel (13)

Thursday
Jul102014

OH THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS...

It’s the height of summer in the land of the midnight sun and the arctic landscape transforms to a beautiful summer paradise awashed with sunshine, and with so much daylight, not to mention incredible summer weather, this really is the time to get out there, explore and experience what this less-visited and magical part of Sweden has to offer. Not to mention that Sweden is one of the most LGBT-progressive countries in the world, celebrating five years of full gay marriage this year – and even in its provinces, there is a friendly, live and let live attitude. It really is the perfect getaway from the gay city life. So whether you’re with a group of friends off on an adventure, or loved-up and ready to propose, or celebrating your honeymoon, or even a modern family looking for somewhere really unique, take it from us, you’re going to fall in love with Swedish Lapland. Swedish Lapland is a getaway that will move your mind. You can escape the rat race and join our Arctic life all year round, with each season providing something different.

Photo: Nicholas Strom

The Great Outdoors:

You may perceive Swedish Lapland to be something straight out of a scene from Frozen. Fair enough, because in the winter, it is a magical icy wonderland, but in the summer it couldn’t be more different. Picture the setting, beautiful Swedish countryside, glowing landscapes and home to some incredible outdoor activities. Whatever your flavour – pick from sea kayaking, hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting or fishing, we have it all. Jopikgården on the Lulea Archipelago is a breathtaking base to explore and get stuck in.

The Treehotel is a magnificent and once-(maybe twice)-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ve probably seen it on countless Pinterest boards, bucket lists and glossy travel magazines. Set in a pristine forest, in the charming village of Harads, luxury pods appear in the trees like something from a movie – each with its own distinct design that we guarantee will make you gasp out loud. It is just one of those things you have to see to believe. They have also recently opened the Dragonfly, the world’s largest treehouse, serving up locally produced format food. Whilst it’s still like going back into mum’s house and enjoying a home-cooked meal after playing in the tree-house all day, there is something unworldly about it.

A summer BBQ, but not as you know it:

Swedish Lapland is a foodie’s paradise – with locally sourced and prepared culinary delights that will surprise even the most gourmet’d city-slicker. Fresh arctic char, reindeer, elk, bleak roe caviar and cloudberries will whet your appetite just to start. And since the days of the Vikings, the Swedes have been known to be well-travelled, so you’ll see some tasty global influences creeping in with food artistry that could challenge London.

Further information:

www.facebook.com/swedishlapland
www.youtube.com/user/swedishlapland
www.twitter.com/swedishlapland
instagram.com/swedishlapland

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IMAGERY, contact Uwern Jong @ Boutique Marketing - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk - +44 203 286 3170

Wednesday
May142014

STOCKHOLM: MUSIC IS THE ANSWER

Everyone is talking about Robyn and Royksopp right now. But as fabulous as they are, they are just the tip of the iceberg of the Swedish music scene. Sweden produces some of the best international music in the world, and ALL those people pass through Stockholm. What can we say? It's just such an inspiring place – even Spotify (with their fabulous gay ad) was founded and developed here and true to form, took the world by storm.

The starting point for any music lover to Stockholm would of course be the Swedish Music Hall of Fame – www.smhof.se/en which is also home to the ABBA (there, we said it!) Museum www.abbathemuseum.com –  but there is a lot more to music in Stockholm than the obvious. There is music, then there's creativity in music...

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Katja & Gunn

 

This month's Stockholm Voices (a new, exciting thing we're doing on our blog at gaylesbianstockholm.visitstockholm.com featuring the inside track to the city via its LGBTQ people) are Stockholmers Katja Gustafsson and Gunn Lundemo – who are among the biggest club DJs on Sweden’s lesbian scene. They are behind Club KG, Club X and the DJ duo Swedish Dyke Vibes. Now they’re making waves with the newly formed international DJ trio 3sum, with L-word star Daniela Sea. We asked Katja and Gunn about everything from where they find inspiration to what not to miss in Stockholm and you can read the whole interview on the blog.

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The Royal Opera House is at it again

Slightly left-field, but still music related is the Swedish Royal Opera - they're at it again! If you’ve watched the music video for Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. you’ve probably noticed the fantastic paper creations worn in the video. The paper creations are made by none other than Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld whose spring collection of ‘Haute Papier’ is entirely handmade. Now the Swedish Royal Opera collaborates with the same designer. Bea Szenfeld has dressed 10 of the artists in the spring program at the Royal Opera. The photos are taken by photographer Karolina Henke. www.operan.se 

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We're going out…

 

There is some great new news for the Stockholm clubbing scene. From hard house, to pop-tarts, to schlager, Stockholm's gay and lesbian clubs pack them in every weekend and even in the week. Check out these latest openings..

Candy

www.facebook.com/candyclubsthlm

Check out Candy at Le Bon Palais at Barnhusgatan 12 each Friday. Kicking off at 11pm and partying on through to 4am, this clubnight has 3 different dance floors, 4 bars and stage shows featuring local drag celebrities and popular artists. The music varies from RnB, 80s and 90s hits, hit-house and dance. For a local flavor, the basement plays schlager and Europop. They guarantee a “hands in the air party” every night.

Wonk

www.facebook.com/wonkstockholm

Located close to trendy Stureplan at Kungsgatan 15 Wonk is allegedly the place to party it up and have a great time in Stockholm – with sexy bartenders and hosts, good vibes and a totally up for it, good looking crowd. Open Friday and Saturday 22- 03. Two dancefloors, housemusic in the basement with a lot of famous guest djs, Pop, Disco and RnB on the top floor. This place welcomes all genders and orientations.

Switch

www.facebook.com/switch.sthlm

Fresh on the Stockholm scene is weekly club night Switch, whose philosophy is “Whoever you are, whatever turns you on.” Weekly, every Saturday night, this club believes everyone should be equally welcome, with mixed musical styles for everyone to enjoy. And with mixed music comes a mixed up vibe, with gay guys and lesbian women partying it up together.

Wild Wednesday GLORY

www.facebook.com/glory.stockholm

Are you GAY on Wednesdays?

Whether you’re feeling danceable, in the mood for a drink and just wanna hang in the bar or shake it like there’s no tomorrow; GLORY is the place for you! Vocal house and moderns remixes of popular hits in a nice blend with RnB, 80s and 90s booty-shakers, high and low!

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Swedish lullabies


 

Stockholm is so into its music that some of the city's best hotels have a musical story. Starting with The Rival in the hipster district of Soldermalm, you're never far from an impromptu concert of bar-gig. Let alone the fact that the hotel is owned by no one other than Benny Andersson himself. All roads lead to ABBA!

 

The Rival

Mariatorget 3, 118 91, +46 8 545 789 00

www.rival.se

-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

Tuesday
Apr222014

FIRST INTERNATIONAL GAY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION COMES TO LAS VEGAS

IT'S TIME TO EVOLVE!


Evolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party, it’s a 3-day experience, and will bring men from more than 30 countries to "sin city" Las Vegas. This landmark event takes place December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and promises to be the event of the year, both years! And for those who want to continue the fun, a weekend in West Hollywood, California, one of the hottest gay meccas in the U.S., continues the celebration January 2-4, 2015.

There are so many things that set Evolve apart from any other gay New Year’s Eve event, starting with the location. Over 40 million people visited Las Vegas last year, about 400,000 of them being gay, according to national averages, and that’s just the beginning. For first-time visitors to Las Vegas, there’s always the very pleasant surprise of finding so much more than slot machines and gaming tables. Las Vegas is home to some of the finest dining in the world including restaurants by Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Nobu Matsuhisa and Michael Mina. There are also amazing stage shows for all tastes such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion and Elton John. And if shopping is your preference, Tiffany, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Gianni Versace are just a few of the exquisite stores the city has to offer. In addition, you’ll find historical wonders of the desert awaiting your visit including The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Red Rock, Valley of Fire, even Mt. Charleston which features snow skiing….yes snow in Las Vegas! Who knew?

SO WHAT IS EVOLVE ALL ABOUT?

Evolve 2015 is unique for many reasons. First, the event takes place over three days and offers activities day and night especially formulated for Evolve 2015 participants. Additionally, Evolve will be promoted globally through gay media and booking agents on six continents, which means the event will truly be international. 

The host hotel is the fabulous MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, which was voted one of the best places to work in the U.S. for LGBT employees by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). As a matter of fact, there are more hotels in Las Vegas who have received this designation than any other city in the United States. The MGM Grand recently underwent a $175 million renovation, and offers beautifully appointed guest rooms of 450 sq. ft., with modern design and hi-tech features. The hotel is located at the busiest corner of the Las Vegas Strip and there will be loads of New Year’s Eve excitement right outside the front door. In addition to the newly decorated rooms, the MGM Grand Hotel features dining options for every taste, shopping, entertainment and of course an expansive casino for those who are feeling lucky!

Upon arrival to Las Vegas, transportation is available for the quick ride from the airport to the MGM Grand hotel and the event will officially kick off with a private VIP reception, followed by Zumanity, a seductive twist on reality. Zumanity, the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil, makes the provocative playful and the forbidden electrifying! Leave all inhibitions at the door and let loose as this adult-themed production takes you on a sexy thrill ride full of sensational acrobatics and naughty fun. Part burlesque and part cabaret, Zumanity is one Las Vegas show you'll never forget!

After the show, guests will party at the Kick Off Reception at LAX Nightclub, where the DJ will get the party started and rock it to the delight of the crowd. With unrivaled décor, a top-tier sound system and impeccable service, LAX is one of the most talked about clubs in the country. The two-story space is outfitted in rich red leathers and shimmering chandeliers creating a modern and luxurious feel, complete with amenities fit for a king. Sexy go-go boys will get the crowd going at every corner and super special Las Vegas characters will entertain guests in their very unique way.

Day Two will feature a Men’s Fashion Extravaganza with a peek at what’s new in apparel for Spring, accompanied by an exclusive wine reception. After the show guests can shop in the Fashion Show Mall with discounts that have been made available for Evolve guests only.

New Year’s Eve will kick off with another VIP party, before opening up to the main celebration at the Havana Nightclub. This event will welcome local gays as well as those visiting for the end of the year, and give Evolve guests the chance to make even more new acquaintances. Special entertainment has been planned for this party and midnight features a champagne toast to a global countdown video, as well as extravagant city fireworks that can be viewed from the patio of the club. 

The festivities will continue at Share Nightclub, the newest gay club in town. If that’s not enough, Day Three offers a slot tournament and a special private showing of Divas Las Vegas. This energetic show starring Las Vegas’ longest running headliner, Frank Marino, features an all-star cast of superstar female impersonators who not only recreate, but almost uncannily duplicate the likenesses of stars ranging from Britney Spears to Cher, Diana Ross to Beyoncé, and even Madonna and Tina Turner have been known to stop by. Recently added were Pop’s newest sensations Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry as well as six of Sin City’s hottest male dancers, which help make this one of Las Vegas’ most spectacular production shows. Marino changes between every act, bringing an international whirlwind of couture to the stage with each spectacular entrance. After the show, KRAVE, the only gay club on the Las Vegas Strip, will welcome guests to party into the wee hours of the morning.

-ENDS-

FOR MORE INFORMATION, IMAGERY AND INTERVIEWS, contact Uwern Jong @ Boutique Marketing - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk - +44 203 286 3170

----- www.evolvevegasnye.com -----

Wednesday
Nov062013

ICE DAY FOR A WHITE WEDDING

WIN YOUR GAY-WEDDING AT THE ICEHOTEL

VisitSweden UK launches LGBT specific pages on Facebook and Twitter

To celebrate the UK’s Marriage (Same-sex) Act finally coming into law in 2014, ICEHOTEL in partnership with Discover-the-World and VisitSweden UK are offering same-sex couples a once in a lifetime, truly intimate, personalised wedding at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden. 

This fantastic giveaway coincides with the launch of VisitSweden’s LGBT tourism presence on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The pages aim to provide fans and followers with up to date information on what’s hot for LGBT tourists to Stockholm, Gothenburg, West Sweden, Malmo, Skane and Swedish Lapland. 

The prize, sponsored by Swedish Lapland specialists Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL includes charter-flights for 2, 3 complimentary nights at ICEHOTEL (including one night’s stay in a unique ice room), a personalised wedding consultation with ICEHOTEL’s wedding concierge and some amazing added extras to make your celebration truly special. Discover-the-World will arrange your flight on their special charter and can also help book in any guests that you want to share your special day with at preferential rates.

Couples from all over the world come to Jukkasjärvi to pledge their love for each other. Already married or civil-partnered couples come to ICEHOTEL to have their union blessed in the celestially beautiful ‘ice church’ rebuilt each year (as is the hotel itself) by a different artist in the icy landscape. The serenity, purity and on-off design beauty of this setting make wedding vows and memories all the more lasting.

The wedding night can also be something truly special. Couples can spend the night surrounded by artwork made of ice and snow, by artists from all over the world who are not professional ice sculptors, but architects, graphic designers and film-directors. In the morning you will be awakened with a cup of hot lingonberry juice.

At the ICEHOTEL it never gets colder than –5 to -8ºC, regardless of the fact that the outdoor temperature sometimes drops down to -30º. You sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a bed built by ice blocks, a wooden frame, mattress and it is topped with reindeer skins. It is rebuilt each winter from scratch, reincarnated into a new design by a different creator.

To enter, link to www.visitswedenlgbt.com

The VisitSweden twitter page is @visitswedenlgbt

More about Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL at www.icehotel.co.uk

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS and ACCESS TO WEB AND PRINT RESOLUTION IMAGERY, contact UWERN JONG at BOUTIQUE MARKETING – uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk / 0203 286 3170

Wednesday
May012013

GO GAY IN GOTHENBURG

The charmingly different Swedish city of Gothenburg offers a welcoming world of options for lesbian and gay city-breakers.

Gothenburg, Swedenʼs second largest city, is located on the west coast of the country and is home to ʻWest Prideʼ LGBT festival from 20 May to 2 June 2013. The city also plays host to popular music festival ʻWay Out Westʼ, featuring top international and local artists including Azelia Banks, Grimes, Bat for Lashes and Neil Young & Crazy Horse amongst many others. 

From a lesbian and gay standpoint, West Pride, albeit more intimate that its cousin in the capital, is unique that it is based around culture, highlighting the lives of LGBTs in the region in an artistic and cultural context. West Pride aims to create visibility to diversity in expression. Founded in 2007, the event has been growing from strength to strength and culminates in a parade and celebration on its closing Sunday, this year on the 2nd June. West Pride are also holding drop-in-gay-weddings on Saturday 1st June, couples can arrive without registering and be wedded at the festival. The long weekend preceeding is a fantastic time for LGBT people to visit the city.

Gothenburg is set in a truly beautiful landscape, the west-coast archipelago - a hidden gem, very easily reached by a 30-minute tram ride from the city centre. This offers something for those city-breakers who want to experience both urban chic and breathtaking rural beauty in one splendid city – and thereʼs even more for those looking for a versatile, extended holiday.

The city itself offers an array of activities, from fashion, arts and culture and some lip-smackingly amazing food (Gothenburg was appointed the ʻCulinary Capital of Swedenʼ 2012), to a vibrant gay and lesbian scene, including “Swedenʼs best gay club” ʻGossipʼ, voted by the countryʼs own QX magazine. Itʼs youthful, creative population (Gothenburg is home to the countryʼs largest university) are open-minded, welcoming, easy-going and genuinely natured. Gothenburg is the new hive of the creative arts with its upstart indie bands, home grown fashion-labels and alternative arts scene. All this for amazing value, as Lonely Planet recently billed Gothenburg as one of itʼs top 10 for good value.

Some key city highlights for 2013:

 

PARTY

BEE KÖK & BAR

The gay ‘headquarters’ of the city

 

EAT

BHOGA

An innovative restaurant run by Gustav Knutsson and Niclas Yngvesson, opened just a year ago and has already gained several awards, praised in the prestigious “World’s 50 best restaurants”.

 

SJöMAGASINET

Newly awarded Michelin star restaurant by Ulf Wagner and Gustav Trägårdh making it the 5th restaurant in the city to have Michelin stars.

 

SEE

‘Secret Love’ a Chinese art exhibition will be opened during the West Pride celebration at the Varldskuturmuseerna.

 

SHOP

Check out Vallgatan and its independent outlet-lined streets, best for fashion and homewares, where you’ll find the flagship store for home-grown brand NUDIE JEANS.

 

SLEEP

SCANDIC RUBINEN

A high-gloss, gay-friendly hotel with an international atmosphere located in the middle of Gothenburg´s main street, Avenyn.

 

FLIGHTS

From 13 May 2013, bmi regional, the UK’s most punctual airline will commence a new service between Birmingham international and Gothenburg with flights operating from Sunday to Friday. Fares are available from just £59 one way!

 

FOR MORE ON SWEDEN

Gothenburg, like all our Swedish cities are a fantastic destination, regardless of whether you’re gay, straight or like penguins (no, not in that way!). For more about our welcoming cities, visit www.visitsweden.com

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CITY, visit www.goteborg.com

 

RESOURCES

www.westpride.se 

www.wayoutwest.se 

www.visitsweden.com 

www.bmiregional.com

 

FOR LGBT PRESS INFORMATION, IMAGES, INTERVIEWS AND OTHER MEDIA RESOURCES, PLEASE

CONTACT: UWERN JONG at BOUTIQUE MARKETING +44 203 286 3170 or uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk