Monthly Archives: August 2015

Rich Gay Men Wanted: Spain’s Conservatives Make Tourist Appeal

Spain is winning the battle for gay tourists. Gay and lesbian visitors contribute about $6.8 billion to the Spanish economy, according to a report by LGBT Capital last month, edging out France as Europe s top destination. Gay people spend about 30 percent more on average than mainstream tourists in Spain, according to government estimates, boosting an economy where tourism accounts for 12 percent of jobs. While a growing number of countries like France and the U.K.1 are introducing equal-rights legislation and promoting themselves to gay visitors, Spain is out in front. Even the conservative leadership of Madrid is embracing the phenomenon.

Spain in 2005 became the third European nation to legalize gay marriage — after Belgium and the Netherlands — emerging from the shadow of the Roman Catholic dictatorship of General Francisco Franco who died in 1975. That move established Spain s credentials as a Discount Holidays © holiday destination where people can feel relaxed about their sexuality, sometimes in a way they can t back home.

It s very tolerant and it s fun, said Fabiano Ribeiro, a 32-year-old Brazilian visiting Barcelona with two male friends. You hold hands and that s no problem. Each August, Spain s second city hosts Europe s largest gay festival, attracting 71,000 visitors this year. During the two-week party Barcelona is plastered in posters featuring male models advertising parties aimed at gay visitors and stores carry signs with special offers, from sun-beds to free gym passes as the city is taken over by non-stop clubbing and pool parties.

Year-Round Travelers

With full-access tickets selling for 360 euros ($406), organizers say the events generates 150 million euros for the local economy. After eight years, the festival is expanding to Ibiza this year and the Canaries in 2016, catering to increasing demand for gay and lesbian events.

This influx of visitors trickles down to local bars, gyms, even taxi drivers want to be involved, said organizer Tes Cuadreny in an interview from his office in Barcelona. They know this benefits everyone. Such initiatives have made Spain Europe s market leader ahead of France which generates $6.6 billion of revenue, according to LGBT Capital, an investment firm based in the British Virgin Islands that focuses on gay-themed assets. The U.S.

is the global leader with $21.5 billion of revenue. In Madrid, even the conservative regional government is jumping on the bandwagon. Regional President Cristina Cifuentes flew the rainbow flag, symbolizing support for gay people, from institutional buildings for the first time following her election victory in May. In 2005, her colleagues from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy s People s Party led 100,000 protesters in a march against legalizing gay marriage. The Spanish capital generated about 120 million euros from Europe s biggest gay-pride parade at the start of the summer, according to nightlife organization Noche Madrid.

This is a high-income travel market that is not tied down by school holidays and is generally more adventurous, said Carlos Kytka, executive director at the Gay European Tourism Association, which works with more than 4,000 industry members, mainly hotels in Europe.

It s easy to fill up hotels in Barcelona in summer, what makes us different is that we travel all year round and spend the money, and that keeps the cash flow going.

References

  1. ^ U.K. (lovewall.visitbritain.com)

Regular New Nintendo 3DS Comes To The United States …

Regular New Nintendo 3DS Comes To The United States ...

At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS1 system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept.

25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer2 game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb.

13. In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct.

30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes3(sold separately) on Oct.

23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.

Regular New Nintendo 3DS Comes To The United States ...

Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.

More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone, said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months. New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.

Various amiibo cards4 launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game on Sept.

25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designerby purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept.

25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker5 game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi s Woolly World6 launch on Oct.

16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.

Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall exclusively at GameStop.

Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost.

With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app

References

  1. ^ New Nintendo 3DS (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ amiibo cards (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ Super Mario Maker (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ Yoshi s Woolly World (cts.businesswire.com)

UK weather: Bank Holiday downpours set to make it wettest August on record

At Mildenhall in Suffolk, an inch (25mm) of rain fell between 6am and 3pm. In Kent, the MeteoGroup reported that heavy, localised rain would pour down before spreading north. UK Weather: Bank <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Downpours Set To Make It Wettest August On RecordMembers of the London Samba School perform in the rain during the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Bookmaker Ladbrokes stopped taking bets on August being the wettest on record. The odds crashed over the course of the month to just 5/4, but spokesman Jessica Bridge said: The odds fell as quick as the rain and we ve been left with no choice but to pull the plug. All bets are off when it comes to remembering August as a sunny and dry month.

Read more: 2015 will be the hottest year on record ‘by a mile’
Climate change: July was the Earth’s hottest month on record
Half a month’s worth of rain to fall in 24-hour period123

In west London, the Notting Hill Carnival was considerably damp although its joys were not diluted. After an opening day that was hardly sunny, the finale required party-goers to sport ponchos and carry umbrellas. But the festival spirit was evident despite flooding in some parts of the capital, where about half the amount of rain normally seen in an average month lashed down in 24 hours, accompanied by high winds. The Met Office had issued yellow weather warnings for the South-east, South-west and East Anglia as people prepared for the worst.

Conditions are set to improve slightly on Tuesday as millions head back to work. Forecasters warned the wet weather would continue into Monday night, but said it would begin to become drier from then on. Laura Caldwell, of MeteoGroup, said: The rain should clear away towards the North Sea throughout the day, leading to improvement in the south, and the weather should turn cooler and drier from Tuesday onwards.

The Met Office s chief scientist, Dame Julia Slingo, said: No one can deny that we have had a pretty disappointing summer.

References

  1. 2015 will be the hottest year on record ‘by a mile’ (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. Climate change: July was the Earth’s hottest month on record (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. Half a month’s worth of rain to fall in 24-hour period (www.independent.co.uk)

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