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Published on : Thursday, August 3, 2017
Pride celebrations are in full swing worldwide, and, as the LGBT travel market continues to grow, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, is having a celebration of its own. Now in its sixth year, the brand’s Preferred Pride program has expanded its global portfolio to include more than 160 gay-welcoming independent hotels. From the beaches of Nicaragua and the city streets of Madrid, to the canals of Amsterdam and Aegean Sea views of Mykonos, all of these properties celebrate diversity and many are part of TAG Approved® or adhere to the standards of IGLTA.
“We are so proud that Preferred Pride continues to be one of the top programs worldwide specifically designed to cater to the LGBT luxury travel market through the delivery of one-of-a-kind, authentic independent hotel experiences,” said Rick Stiffler, Vice President of Leisure Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “Whether travelers are seeking a gay-welcoming hotel for a business trip, a romantic getaway, or a long weekend of Pride celebrations in in a new city, they can rest assured they will find the best fit hotel in the Preferred Pride portfolio.”
Just in time for Pride season, Rick Stiffler shares his Top 5 Preferred Pride Picks for 2017 summer travel in a new video, available online now.
Every hotel within the portfolio invites guests to book the Preferred Pride package, which offers the best available rate and a celebratory amenity. Exciting new additions to the Preferred Pride portfolio include:
EAST, Miami – Miami Beach, Florida
With artfully designed common spaces and a location on top of the Brickell City Centre – EAST, Miami connects travelers to popular districts such as Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach. Opt for an authentic Uruguayan beachfront restaurant at the hotel’s Quinto La Huella, or explore the cultural, arts, wellness, and culinary scene that Downtown Miami is known for.
#PreferredPride Tip from Rick: For those looking for some live entertainment, enjoy dinner and a show with Susanne Bartsch’s Bareback Follies at the El Tucan on Tuesday nights.
Las Terrazas Resort – Belize
Located on Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize, Las Terrazas Resort offers travelers a relaxing and secluded getaway along glistening, white sand beaches and the Caribbean Sea. The resort’s location is ideal for the adventurous with diving, snorkeling, and parasailing to name just a few of the activities available to guests keen to explore the region’s natural beauty.
#PreferredPride Tip from Rick: Book the third floor Penthouse, featuring a private plunge pool or Jacuzzi tub on the balcony to soak up the scenery from the comfort of your room.
The Hotel Pulitzer – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Architecture aficionados will swoon over the Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam. The historic property is comprised of 25 interconnected canal houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century, blending traditional and modern Dutch craftsmanship. With a prime location along the canals, the hotel is the perfect destination for travelers celebrating Pride in Amsterdam.
#PreferredPride Tip from Rick: Put your feet up and relax in style as you cruise down the canals in Pulitzer’s classic hotel boat “the Tourist” from 1909 – one of the best ways to see the city.