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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic. [...]

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Hotels making record profits on growing list of surcharges

Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early [...]

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‘Richmond is Out’ campaign targets LGBT travelers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- "Richmond is out!" That's the message of a new tourism campaign aimed at LGBT travelers. The goal is to let them know the city is open, accepting and a great place to visit. The campaign is set to run through October 31 to correspond with the pride [...]

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The Last Holiday

Monday, September 1, 2014
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Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before – before what? I’m tempted to research the origins of Labor Day, though I have no doubt that I learned all [...]

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Las Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Braden Mars, left, dances with Anthony Martinez at Liaison Nightclub in Bally's Las Vegas early in the morning on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Liaison Nightclub, which opened in 2014, is the first gay club inside of a major casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
LAS VEGAS -- While same-sex couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city's tourism authority recently [...]

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Atlantic City planning events to reinvigorate once-thriving gay tourism

Monday, June 16, 2014
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian holds a flag in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday, June 16, 2014. Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy. Mayor Don Guardian and tourism officials said Monday the goal is to reinvigorate a once-thriving gay community in the New Jersey resort [...]

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U.S. officials update travel warning, cite security steps for Sochi Games

Saturday, January 25, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON — Citing rising threats of violence at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, U.S. officials said Friday they are prepared to work with Russian security officials to help protect American athletes and the 10,000 American spectators expected to attend. [...]

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U.S. State Department issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics

Friday, January 10, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON -- Americans planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, should be vigilant about their security due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care, the State Department advised Friday. [...]

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N.M. expects tourism boost following same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, December 26, 2013
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who now can get marriage licenses in the state following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this month. [...]

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Airline investigating after passenger finds luggage emblazoned with ‘I am Gay’

Monday, October 14, 2013
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An Australian airline has apologized and said it is investigating how the words "I am gay" were spelled out in airline baggage stickers on a passenger's luggage on Sunday between his departure in Perth and his arrival in Brisbane. [...]

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