Logo’s TripOutGayTravel.com Announces Winners for Its Second Annual Travel Awards at London’s World Travel Market

November 10, 2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Logo, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announces today that TripOutGayTravel.com, its comprehensive travel site dedicated to the LGBT traveler and MTV Network’s first stand-alone, travel-focused site, will reveal its second annual “TripOut Gay Travel Awards” at London’s World Travel Market – the premier global event for the travel industry.

Logo and IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) will co-sponsor “The TripOut Gay Travel Awards, co-hosted by IGLTA” where TripOutGayTravel.com Editor-in-Chief, John Polly, will announce this year’s winners at the World Travel Market. The awards once again honor the most stylish, exciting and hottest destinations and services that attract, pamper and market to the LGBT traveler.

“Our participation in the World Travel Market proves that TripOutGayTravel.com is a highly-regarded resource for gay-friendly travel,” said John Polly, Editor-in-Chief, TripOutGayTravel.com. “This recognition, in addition to our partnership with the IGLTA, showcases us as one of the premier sources for gay travel planning.”

This year’s winners reveal valuable news for the travel industry and the traveler looking for “gay approved” travel destinations and businesses. TripOutGayTravel.com recruited an academy of seasoned writers, editors and travel experts covering the LGBT travel market to comprise this year’s list of nominations. However, it is up to the site’s readers and fans to determine who deserves the title for the best gay destination, tour operator or hospitality service. Some highlights include:

  • New York City reigns supreme as the premier LGBT global travel destination for 2010 by winning “Best Global Destination.”
  • Returning favorites won for a second year in a row including: American Airlines for “Best Airline,” “The Abbey” in Los Angeles for “Best Gay Bar in the World” and Madrid Pride for Best Annual Gay Destination (Party or Event).
  • Canada solidifies its position as a well-known “gay approved” travel destination winning “Best Breakout Destination” for Toronto. In addition, Charles Lapointe of Tourisme Montreal receives “The Gay+ Award for Achievement in Making Our World Gayer.” Lapointe can aptly be described as a forefather and architect of Canadian and Montreal LGBT travel.
  • Rio De Janiero won the popular vote of “Sexiest Place on Earth” destination by a staggering 58% of the user-generated votes.

In addition, TripOutGayTravel.com recognizes Charles Lapointe of Tourisme Montreal with the “The Gay+ Award for Achievement in Making Our World Gayer.” The award goes to an organization or travel professional who has increased awareness of the LGBT consumer in the world of travel, tourism and hospitality. Charles Lapointe is a former delegate to the United Nations, a former Canadian Cabinet Minister and since 1989 he has been President and CEO of the Greater Montreal Convention and Tourism Bureau (Tourisme Montreal). In 2002, he also became Chairman of the Canadian Tourism Commission.

For more information about the winners and nominees listed below, please go to TripOutGayTravel.com. A full list of nominees and winners for each category is listed below.

About Logo:

Logo is the world’s leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile and digital entertainment network from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), for gays and lesbians, their families and friends. Launched in 2005, Logo’s cable channel is in more than 46 million homes across the United States and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, 365Gay.com, DowneLink.com and NewNowNext.com. Logo’s content is distributed across all leading download-to-own, streaming and mobile services. The most influential brand for the most influential audience, Logo provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment as well as new, social networking and community building that are authentic, smart, fun, entertaining, and inclusive. Logo joins MTV Networks’ roster of popular and highly targeted brands which include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and SpikeTV.

    The Second Annual "TripOut Gay Travel Awards":

    Best Global Destination (City or Country)
    Berlin, Germany
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    London, United Kingdom
    Madrid, Spain
    Montreal, Canada
    New York City, United States (WINNER)

    Best U.S. Destination
    Chicago, IL
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Las Vegas, NV
    Philadelphia, PA
    Provincetown, MA
    San Francisco, CA (WINNER)

    Best Airline
    American (WINNER)
    Virgin America

    Best Hotel Chain (Collection)
    Ace Hotels
    Andaz Hotels
    Axel Hotels (WINNER)
    Four Seasons

    Best LGBT Tour Operator
    Alyson Adventures
    Out Adventures
    Zoom Vacations (WINNER)

    Best Annual Gay Destination (Party or Event)
    Amsterdam Gay Pride
    The Dinah & Dinah Shore Weekend, Palm Springs
    Madrid Gay Pride (WINNER)
    Manchester Pride
    Provincetown Bear Week
    Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

    Best Ultimate Luxury Hotel/Resort (Global)
    SkyLofts at MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV
    The Raleigh - South Beach, Miami, FL
    Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome - Paris, France (WINNER)
    The London, West Hollywood - West Hollywood, CA
    Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino - Curacao, Dutch West Indies
    Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - Bangkok, Thailand

    Best Breakout Destination
    Dallas, TX
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada (WINNER)
    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sexiest Place on Earth
    Barcelona, Spain
    Key West. FL
    Las Vegas, NV
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (WINNER)
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Palm Springs, CA

    Best Gay Bar in the World
    The Abbey, Los Angeles, CA (WINNER)
    Club Manana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    Roscoe's, Chicago, IL
    The Round-Up Saloon, Dallas, TX
    Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, UK
    The Week, Rio/Sao Paulo/Florianopolis, Brazil

    The Gay+ Award for Achievement in Making our World Gayer
    Charles Lapointe, Tourisme Montreal

    Contacts:            Jason Shumaker

                         Michael Barrett

                         Jake Slane


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