Las Vegas ranks high with LGBT travelers

Las Vegas ranks high with LGBT travelers


The Convention and Visitors Authority's efforts a decade ago to attract the LGBT community and willingness to embrace all travelers have paid off with a slew of events filling the city's calendar.

Las Vegas Welcomes Fabulous LGBT Events and Visitors in 2017

Las Vegas Welcomes Fabulous LGBT Events and Visitors in 2017


The Entertainment Capital of the World welcomes LGBT visitors to special events throughout the year


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Las Vegas bolsters its reputation as the premier LGBT travel destination with a variety of thrilling special events, conferences, parties and more throughout the year. Recently awarded destination of the year by GayTravel.com, Las Vegas is extremely welcoming of the LGBT community, offering every visitor an experience they won’t soon forget.

Out on the Road Southwest: Las Vegas, Pt. 2

Out on the Road Southwest: Las Vegas, Pt. 2


On the road again! The final leg of my latest roadtrip across the great American Southwest with Davey Wavey was, thankfully, decidedly less rustic.

Las Vegas still a favorite for LGBT tourists, survey indicates

Las Vegas still a favorite for LGBT tourists, survey indicates


Las Vegas remains one of the nation’s leading destinations for gay tourists and Nevada’s distinction as a “blue state” could play in its favor after a report indicated some LGBT travelers fear for their safety in red states.

QVegas to become online-only QLife, serving Vegas, LA and NYC

QVegas to become online-only QLife, serving Vegas, LA and NYC


At this month’s 17th Annual LGBT Travel and Hospitality Conference and LGBT New Media Expo, QLife, Inc. announced QLife Magazine and qlifemagazine.com, a new LGBT lifestyle and entertainment digital publication serving Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York launching January 1, 2017.

LGBT New Media Expo Was A Success!

LGBT New Media Expo Was A Success!


In what is set to be the first in a series of LGBT New Media Expo’s debuting in 2017, our event in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with the CMI Tourism & Hospitality Conference, was a success! We had exhibitors including .LGBT, IGLTA, Revry.TV, QLife Magazine, Gay.Vegas, GayVegas.com, ILoveGayPalmSprings.com, GayDesertGuide.com, Here Media, Q.Digital, Remember Cuba, Man About World, Blu Magazine, JoshRimer.com and our company, Pink Banana Media. The folks who developed the “Socio – Shake and Connect” app were there as well, helping our attendees and exhibitors connect like never before!

Matt Skallerud's insight:

In attendance were some of the various destination and tourism attendees of the CMI conference, as well as local LGBT advertising & marketing folks local to Las Vegas.

QLife Magazine Launches New LGBTQ Digital Publication Serving Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York

QLife Magazine Launches New LGBTQ Digital Publication Serving Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York


First Issue of New Lifestyle and Entertainment Digital Publication to Appear January 1, 2017


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Today at the 17th Annual LGBT Travel and Hospitality Conference and LGBT New Media Expo, QLife, Inc. announced QLife Magazine and qlifemagazine.com, a new LGBTQ lifestyle and entertainment digital publication serving Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York launching Jan. 1, 2017.

Making a Space for LGBT Meeting Professionals

Making a Space for LGBT Meeting Professionals


Seeing an “underserved” need, David Jefferys this summer launched the first association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender meeting planners and those who plan LGBT events.

LGBT New Media Expo Las Vegas – Dec 13, 2016

LGBT New Media Expo Las Vegas – Dec 13, 2016


The LGBT New Media Expo & Trade Show is now less than one week away, on December 13th from 2 to 6 pm at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas… we’ll have a full house of exhibitors, and the attendee RSVPs are through the roof, with both the CMI Tourism folks coming at the beginning of the trade show & expo, and the local Las Vegas business community coming towards the latter half of the trade show & expo.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

We have two new presentations scheduled… one by the Q.Digital team entitled “Connecting to LGBTQ’s via Publisher Partners, Influencers & Branded Content” and the 2nd by Revry.TV entitled “Beyond YouTube: The Rise of Premium Digital Platforms“.

 

After the trade show & expo, the folks at QVegas and Gay.Vegas have put together an after-party reception at the Clique Bar & Lounge inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, next door to our venue at the Vdara. This event is from 7-9 pm, and includes open bar hosted by QVegas Magazine, Gay.Vegas and the Clique Bar & Lounge from 7-8 pm.

Hey LGBT Las Vegas, Do You Speak Twitter (and Instagram)?

Hey LGBT Las Vegas, Do You Speak Twitter (and Instagram)?


Join us as we review some of the latest in social media marketing today… most of us are comfortable and familiar posting on Facebook. But unless you’re paying to boost your post, your options are limi

Taking Pride: The LGBT community’s biggest weekend expands to create a destination event

Taking Pride: The LGBT community’s biggest weekend expands to create a destination event


“This is a year of rebuilding,” says returning president of the Southern Nevada Association of Pride James Healey.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

Dennis McBride, local LGBT historian and director and curator of photography at Nevada State Museum, recalls 1991 being a particularly pivotal year. “Pride was on the verge of dying,” he says. But after years of small gatherings in assorted locations, community leaders doubled down in every way possible, and the ramped-up event ended up surpassing 1990’s barely-300 attendance by more than 1,000—a triumph back then for gay Las Vegas.

Businesses find new opportunities with LGBT certification

Businesses find new opportunities with LGBT certification


Dina Proto, cofounder of Teazled Greeting Cards and Gifts, which focuses on the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, was looking for ways to grow the business she launched with her wife in 2011.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

A friend suggested Proto consider having her venture certified as a women-owned business enterprise. While researching the process, Proto discovered the Supplier Diversity Initiative, created in 2004 by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which certifies LGBT businesses. The goal is to make connections with the country’s leading corporations and each other.

LGBT events abound in October, including this weekend’s Come Out Vegas roster

LGBT events abound in October, including this weekend’s Come Out Vegas roster


Margaret Cho, Charli XCX, Tyler Glenn and more will perform at various LGBT events this month.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

Las Vegas is going to be really, really gay in October. It’s hard to recall a month loaded with as many events celebrating the LGBT community as the one that begins this weekend. For starters, on October 8, the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada holds its 22nd annual Honorarium awards and fundraising night, which lands this year at the Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan. What makes this edition unique is what follows the affair: a full performance by comedian Margaret Cho, the Center’s Qmmunity Advocate of the Year.