Entries in VIsitSweden (8)

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

Friday
Oct252013

I'M DREAMING OF A PINK CHRISTMAS...

A pink Christmas for LGBT visitors to Stockholm

PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN A CITYBREAK for two in Stockholm
www.visitstockholm.com/pinkchristmas

 

 PHOTO: Henrik Trygg

Stockholm has an excellent reputation among international LGBT travelers, and has been ranked in the past few years as one of the world’s gay-friendliest destinations. In conjunction with "Pink Christmas Week| in Stockholm, Stockholm Visitors Board and VisitSweden will be focusing on a social media competition to appeal to potential LGBT visitors/travellers.

“Pink Christmas is an annual highlight in Stockholm, with a number of Christmas events. We hope to use the campaign ‘A Pink Christmas’ to highlight the fact that Stockholm has tons to offer gay and lesbian travellers during the Christmas season, too,” says Christina Guggenberger, project manager of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network in Stockholm Visitors Board.

The Pink Christmas campaign can be found at www.facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm and is based on a contest in which the prize is a trip to Stockholm. With themes such as Charge, Refresh and Recharge, the city hopes to feature how Stockholm’s offering can fulfill dreams of travel. The contest will take place over the three-week period from October 29–November 19, 2013.

Pink Christmas Week will be from December 9–15 in Stockholm, and is organized by Stockholm Gay Life. Over the course of the week, there will be Christmas markets, concerts and pink offerings at gay bars and clubs, as well as lectures and the Rainbow Fund’s prize presentation. One of the highlights will be the crowning of Lucia, followed by a "Pink Lucia" procession through parts of the city, culminating in a big party (of course!)

For further information please contact: UWERN JONG, Boutique Marketing - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk - 020 3286 3170

The Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network is a partner-based project within Stockholm Visitors Board, which works to market and develop Stockholm as an interesting and attractive destination for the LGBT segment. Stockholm Visitors Board (SVB) is the official visitors bureau of Stockholm. SVB works on a long-term basis with the marketing and development of Stockholm and the Stockholm Region as a travel destination. SVB is a Subsidiary of Stockholm Business Region and is owned by the City of Stockholm.
gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com
facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm

Tuesday
Jun042013

MALMO, SWEDEN'S NEWEST LGBT-WELCOMING CITY

Malmö, a city reveling in the limelight of arguably the gayest music event in the world - the Eurovision Song Contest - has upped its game in welcoming gay and lesbian visitors, establishing itself as credible travel destination for LGBT people even after the quirky song contest has passed.

Besides the obvious and varied choices of gay and gay-friendly things to do (and weʼve provided a quick list of whatʼs in for LGBT people visiting the city at the end of this release), Malmö is the perfect citybreak choice for the discerning LGBT visitor because thereʼs so much more on offer in the heart of the city, let alone it being the gateway to the beautiful Skâne region.

 

ART LOVERS UNITE

Malmö is a great choice for those interested in cruising small art galleries. From local artists to international exhibitions, galleries like Kret, Galleri Rostrum and Makeriet offers something for everyone. 

The big news this summer, however is Malmö Nordic, the city’s major art initiative for 2013, a contemporary art event that opened earlier this month and runs through the summer until August 18th. Everyone from Malmö’s big art institutions to artist-run private galleries and public workshops are taking part, interpreting the theme and making their own contribution in the spirit of dynamism and diversity. www.malmonordic.se


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Malmö is the city for foodies… home to the gourmet district of Mollenvangstorget (affectionally known to locals as Mollan), a live open-air market with shops and restaurants catering to every tastes from every country in the world.

But the most talked-about restaurant in the city is the strangely named Bastard – with a trendy yet cozy bistro atmosphere, focus on fresh product and nose-to-tail approach to dining. A meat-lover’s paradise. What’s in the name? Well you’ll have to go and find out for yourself, but it just goes to show that the people of Malmö do have a sense of humour! www.bastardrestaurant.se

 

SHOPPER’S PARADISE

Malmö is known across the nation for its design culture and there are some really exciting places to hunt down pieces for your home. Check out Ohlsson and Gerthel and Formargruppen. But equally, this is the independent shopper’s mecca… in the area around the square Davidhallstorg you’ll find some of the trendiest and chic-est shops - among them is Tjallamall – a haven of all things vintage, plus some unique, hand-made single-pieces by the city’s up and coming designers. www.tjallamalla.com

And if bargain-hunting is more your style, don’t forget to drop into one of the city’s fleamarket. You’ll find one every Sunday at Drottningtorget.

 

GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY

Malmö is a city with an intimate vibe – similar to Brighton, with its seafront location, modern architecture and diverse community. But ultimately, it is affordable, a vibrant city offering great value for money. You can stay in the city for under £100 a night in some comfortable digs, including the Rica Hotel and Master Johan.

www.rica-hotels.com www.masterjohan.se

 

For more specific things to do in Malmo, and updated shop, restaurant and art listings, please contact uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or visit the official tourist website at www.malmotown.com


LGBT LISTINGS

Hereʼs whatʼs in for LGBTs in Malmo..

 

PARTY

Wonk

One of Malmoʼs premier gay clubs Find out more at: www.wonk.se

 

CABARET

Cabaret Moulin

One of the best drag shows in Sweden, taking place just once a month at the Tango

Palace. www.cabaretmoulin.se

 

CHILL

Chez Madame

When (if) you’re all partied out, try out this gay-friendly eco-cafe in the heart of Malmo.

www.chezmadame.se

DINE

Moccasin Mat & Vin

A gay-friendly restaurant , delightfully combining simple food and luxurious cocktails, this is a versatile venue for all tastes.

 

NEW OPENING

From April 25th, Gothenburg’s staple, the Bee Kök & Bar will open as Malmö's newest gay venue. You will find it at Södra Förstadsgatan, this "straight-friendly" gay restaurant the food is great and the atmosphere unique, with alfresco dining options www.beebar.se

 

FLIGHTS

Ryanair flies from daily from London Stansted to Malmo Sturup with a journey time of just under two hours. www.ryanair.com

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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 

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