• WorldPride Shines Brightly as All 5 NYC Boroughs Light Up Rainbow

     
    POSTED June 21, 2019
     
  • WorldPride Shines Brightly as All 5 NYC Boroughs Light Up Rainbow

     
    POSTED June 21, 2019
     
  • WorldPride Shines Brightly as All 5 NYC Boroughs Light Up Rainbow

     
    POSTED June 21, 2019
     
  • WorldPride Shines Brightly as All 5 NYC Boroughs Light Up Rainbow

     
    POSTED June 21, 2019
     
  • WorldPride Shines Brightly as All 5 NYC Boroughs Light Up Rainbow

     
    POSTED June 21, 2019
     

For the first time, all five boroughs of New York City are lighting up rainbow in celebration of WorldPride's first time being hosted in the United States. Additionally, NYC & Company and LGBT MPA are partnering to offer a MICE familiarization trip for LGBTQ+ meeting and event planners. 

The MICE familiarization trip will feature site inspections and receptions at as many as six New York City hotels that have been identified by NYC & Company as particularly appealing to the LGBTQ community. 

"These properties are recognized for executive leadership who are allies or members of the community, programming put in place to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and for their warm hospitality and welcome for visitors of all sexual orientations," says Jerry Cito, executive vice president of convention development for NYC & Company.

In partnership with 360 Destination Group, special programming and events during the trip will showcase NYC’s inclusive queer nightlife scene and give attendees a taste of what their delegates might enjoy during a meeting, convention, event or incentive trip to New York City’s five boroughs. Another unique element is a Shady Ladies walking tour of Greenwich Village, which is conducted by Andrew Lear, a renowned gay author, classicist and historian of gender and sexuality. The host hotel for the group’s stay will be the Lotte New York Palace.

Throughout the month of June, there will be rainbow lightings throughout the five boroughs at various times, with a concentration of lightings from the opening to closing ceremonies of WorldPride, June 26-30.

"New York City prides itself on being one of the most diverse and inclusive destinations in the world. Existing laws allow visitors and locals to use the bathroom that aligns with their identity, and residents are able to indicate ‘X’ as gender on their government ID's," says Cito. "The citizens of New York City are a rainbow kaleidoscope of orientations, religious affiliations, nationalities and interests. Approximately 10 percent of overall visitation to the City is comprised of LGBTQ+ travelers."

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.