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LGBT news in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Pride, Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT celebration, will take place May 17–25 with the Pride Parade taking place on May 23. The 2015 theme is UNITY. As one of Mexico’s top Pride events, the seven-day festival attracts visitors from across the globe. Its numerous activities include music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, a mass commitment ceremony, and activities in participating bars and clubs.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has partnered with Out magazine, Instinct magazine, and to promote the destination’s various offerings for the LGBT market. One of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations for the LGBT community, Puerto Vallarta is the only seaside resort with a gayborhood in its Zona Romántica, home to over 70 businesses that are LGBT-owned and/or target LGBT customers.

Volaris launches Guadalajara flights to Houston and New York City

Volaris inaugurated new international service between the cities of Guadalajara and Houston with flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. According to the Pew Research Center, Houston has a Hispanic population of over two million people, of whom 50 percent are of Mexican origin.

Houston became the second destination operated by Volaris to the state of Texas, after its nonstop service to San Antonio. Nonstop flights to Dallas will be added starting April 29.

The low cost Mexican airline also announced that it will launch nonstop service between Guadalajara and New York City’s JFK airport beginning July 15. The direct service will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with the inaugural fare starting at US$204.

Guadalajara International Airport is one of the airline’s four hubs. The carrier currently operates 20 international flights and 18 domestic flights from the airport, which is considered Mexico’s third busiest behind Mexico City and Cancún.

Cruise News

Cruise Europe in a balcony stateroom

Explore the Mediterranean destinations you’ve always dreamed about with MSC Cruises, the cruise line that knows the Mediterranean the best. For a limited time, book seven-night Europe cruises and save up to 40 per cent on balcony staterooms, with special rates starting at US$799 per person.

A seven-night Mediterranean cruise on the MSC Divina visits Spain, Italy, and France, departing from Barcelona, Spain. Balcony staterooms start from US$799 per person on the following cruises: June 3, July 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26. There is limited availability and the promotion must be booked by April 30.

International News

Festivals in New Orleans

Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans experience and, to get a true taste of the city, visitors should join in an unforgettable festival. New Orleans festivals continue throughout the year with dozens of reasons to come out and party down. You’ll want to join in as New Orleans lets its hair down and declares laissez les bons temps rouler! (let the good times roll). Here are two of the upcoming top festivals:

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, April 24–26 and April 30–May 3

Music lovers and culture enthusiasts worldwide gather to celebrate at the historic NOLA Jazz Fest, the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. It features an endless amount of music, succulent local and regional delicacies, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, second line parade, and so much more. Thousands of musicians, cooks, and craftspeople welcome over 400,000 visitors each year.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, May 20–23

One of the premier events in the Big Easy, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience showcases what the city does best. In its 23rd year, this New Orleans festival has become one of the most incredible culinary events in the nation, attracting over 10,000 gourmands and connoisseurs as well as art and music lovers. If you are looking for a culinary getaway, want to rub shoulders with top chefs and winemakers, or simply enjoy the good food and wine, then visit this year’s festival.

Deal of the Week

Fly free to the Outback with Virgin Australia

See the diverse yet equally breathtaking cities and natural wonders that Australia has to offer with cosmopolitan Sydney, the Red Centre at Uluru, Kings Canyon, and Alice Springs; and then more onto Cairns and journey north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback, and the Rainforest.

From US$2,999 per person, the package includes round trip international airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles in Economy class; internal Australian flights; four nights accommodation in Sydney at the four stars Mercure Sydney Potts Point; two nights accommodation in Ayers Rock at the 3.5-star Outback Pioneer Hotel; Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon to Alice Springs coach tour including breakfast; one night accommodation in Alice Springs at four-star Lasseters Hotel; 4 nights accommodation in Port Douglas at four-star Mantra Aqueous on Port; airport transfers from Cairns to Port Douglas round trip; all airport taxes and fuel surcharges.

Purchase the package to Sydney, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, and the Great Barrier Reef, and your flight to Ayers Rock (a US$175 per person value) is free. You must book by April 30, 2015.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes independent tours, cruises and travel for the discerning traveler. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111-8765; Vonage: 949-300-3682; email: or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Volaris, MSC Cruises, New Orleans Travel, Aspire Down Under



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