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As the Summer Season of Gay Pride Parades and Celebrations Swings Into High Gear, Preferred Hotel Group™ Adds Dozens of New Hotels and Presence in Eight New Cities to its Groundbreaking Preferred Pride Program
As LGBT communities from Austin to Amsterdam put the finishing touches on an ever-growing number of spirited summertime celebrations, Preferred Hotel Group welcomes 41 new properties to its Preferred Pride collection of TAG-approved or IGLTA-member hotels and resorts across the globe. Preferred Pride has also expanded its footprint for 2013 with presence in eight new cities, including Austin (Texas, USA), Orlando (Florida, USA), Seattle (Washington, USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Vienna (Austria), Cape Town (South Africa), Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), and Valletta (Malta).
“The expansion of our Preferred Pride portfolio underscores the historic strides made by the LGBT community recently,” said Rick Stiffler, Vice President of Leisure Sales for Preferred Hotel Group. “We are delighted to now offer nearly 130 gay-welcoming hotels in some of the world’s most popular destinations that LGBT travelers and their families can call home any time of year.”
Each property within the Preferred Pride portfolio offers a Preferred Pride package. Available through December 31, 2013,
this special offer caters to all travelers who want to celebrate Pride, featuring the best available rate and a special property-specific amenity.
The newest hotels to join the Preferred Pride collection in popular Gay Pride destinations include:
Hotel 1000 – Seattle, Washington, USA
From this five-star downtown hotel, guests are within a 10-minute walk of the start of Seattle’s Pride Parade at Union Street and Fourth Avenue. A sleek modern retreat, Hotel 1000 offers thoughtfully-appointed rooms, a stylish restaurant, and a full-service spa.
Preferred Pride package: two drinks at BOKA and 30% off at Spaahh; rates from US$479 per night
Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest: June 29 - 30
Hotel Mayfair – Paris, France
Hotel Mayfair presents the Parisian setting that Gallic-minded LGBT travelers expect—opulent guestrooms filled with rich furnishings and every modern amenity. Guests will enjoy a convenient location mere minutes by Metro from Gay Pride
Paris festivities and a short stroll to the Louvre and d’Orsay museums.
Preferred Pride package: bottle of Saint-Emilion Wine and free Wi-Fi; rates from US$286 per night
Gay Pride Paris: June 29
Hotel de las Letras – Madrid, Spain
Blending Old World architecture with modern-day comforts, the centrally located Hotel de las Letras is just steps away from the Gay Pride action at Puerta de Alcalá. The hotel’s lounge is the perfect pre-party destination, offering small bites, cocktails, and a live DJ from Thursday to Sunday.
Preferred Pride package: one 30-minute massage per person; rates from US$168 per night
Gay Pride Madrid: July 3 – 7
Upcoming parades and festivals where Preferred Pride hotels are located also include:
Gay Pride New Orleans, June 20 – 24: Hotel Monteleone
Pride Toronto, June 21 – 30: Metropolitan Hotel Toronto
London Pride, June 25 – 30: ME London
San Francisco LGBT Pride, June 28 – 30: Cavallo Point
NYC Gay Pride Events, June 28 – June 30: The Mark
Amsterdam Gay Pride, August 1 – 4: Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin
Gay Pride Montreal, August 12 – 13: Hotel Gault
Copenhagen Pride Parade, August 24: Palace Hotel
Austin PRIDE, September 7: Travaasa Austin
For more information on Preferred Pride or to book the Preferred Pride package, visit www.PreferredPride.com.
About Preferred Pride
Preferred Pride collection launched in June 2011. To be eligible, hotels must be either TAG Approved® (Community
Marketing’s Travel Alternative Group) or belong to IGLTA® (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association). Both organizations are universally recognized to set the standards for LGBT travel. Hotels that participate in Preferred Pride are offered diversity training on best practices in serving the LGBT community from check-in to check-out.
About Preferred Hotel Group™
With a global reach extending into more than 85 countries, Preferred Hotel Group represents more than 650 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Preferred Hotel Group’s brands include Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Preferred Boutique™, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™ , Sterling Design, and Summit Serviced Residences™.
Travelers gain valuable benefits through branded programs that include Preferred Residences™; Preferred Golf ™; the I Prefer™ Guest Benefit Program; Preferred Pride; and Preferred Family, a collection of hotels and resorts certified to provide a rich experience for travelers of all ages. For more information, visit www.PreferredHotelGroup.com and follow the brand on Facebook
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