Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Internet charges by hotel

Accor: Last year announced that it was moving to free basic Internet access across properties in the Asia/Pacific region, and also indicated it was taking a tiered pricing approach.

Best Western: Internet access is free in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, regardless of loyalty program status.

Carlson: Internet is free for all loyalty program members at Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide.

Choice: Internet is free across all U.S. hotels, with the exception of a few Ascend Collection properties, and most properties in other regions, regardless of loyalty program status.

Hilton: For those with Gold Status, in-room Internet access is complimentary at Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Hilton Grand Vacations properties.

Hyatt: Complimentary Internet is available to Platinum members. Hyatt notes that access "may be wired or wireless and varies by property," and that "upgrades to premium service may be available for an additional fee."

IHG: Basic Internet access is free for Gold members globally as of July and will be extended to all members as of 2014.

Marriott: At Gold level, Internet is complimentary at "participating" Marriott brand and Ritz-Carlton hotels.

Omni: Complimentary 3mbps Wi-Fi service is available to those at the Gold Level, which is the entry level. This also extends to the Global Hotel Alliance Discovery Program, which includes such brands as Kempinski, Pan Pacific, the Doyle Collection and Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts.

Starwood: In-room Internet access is complimentary at Platinum level.

 Wyndham: Free high-speed Internet access is available at the "welcome level." The Wyndham brand is the only one in the portfolio that charges for Internet.

With thanks to http://www.businesstravelnews.com/Hotel-News/Hotels-Changing-Internet-Pricing-Rules/?ida=Hotel%20Chains&a=proc

Thursday, 16 May 2013

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

GayTravel.com's Gay Travel Guru does Thailand!

By Sophie Needelman

There are few things as exciting as getting to take a top of the line, world-class international trip to one of the most incredible tourist destinations in the world. GayTravel.com’s Gay Travel Guru Bryan Kosarek experienced the thrills of travel recently on his incredible trip to Thailand. Throughout his journey to Bangkok, Chiangmai, and Phuket, the Gay Travel Guru soaked up all Thailand has to offer while scoping out the gay scenes in around these areas for gay travelers everywhere.

After traveling for 27 hours, Bryan arrived in Bangkok and woke up a few hours later to a gorgeous view of downtown- not to mention an open mind and no expectations so as to best experience this beautiful city! His daytime destinations kicked off with the Chattachuk Market which is only held on weekends and has over 10,000 vendors selling everything from artwork to puppies. Even the best travelers get lost though: Bryan spent a good five hours accidentally exploring this rich hotspot in the city which is not a bad place to get stuck for an afternoon.

After frolicking with Bangkok’s people, Bryan got a taste of this city’s notorious architecture and history at the local temple and grand palace. A unique aspect of this temple- the Temple of the Tigers- is the incredible opportunity to play with, feed, and bathe tigers ranging from cubs to three years old! After offering the local monks food and sharing breakfast with them, Bryan indulged his inner animal by soaking up this rare chance to interact with tigers up close and personal. Though this experience is truly hard to top, the rest of Bryan’s travels around Bangkok included a boat ride on a long tail boat through the canals of Bangkok to tour the local architecture and floating markets as well as an incredible spa day at the spa recently ranked best spa in all of Asia!

It would be near criminal to visit Bangkok without hitting up the amazing nightlife there- and the Gay Travel Guru definitely did not disappoint! His Bangkok nightlife experience kicked off with a party at Club Ono which is short for “One Night Only”, housed in Bangkok’s gaybourhood Snow Cowboy. Bryan also went to the very top of Vertigo Bar which is one of the highest points in Bangkok overlooking the entire city. Finally, the Guru rounded off his Bangkok nightlife extravaganza with the city’s notorious Ping Pong shows, Lady Boy shows, and dancing the nights away in the gay bars around town.

After wrapping up his time in Bangkok, Bryan traveled to his next destination Chiangmai which is in northern Thailand. Chiangmai is extremely laid back compared to Bangkok, with less traffic and a very relaxed atmosphere. There, he celebrated Thai New Year at the largest public water fight- and flirt fest- in the world! In addition to this massive celebration for the LGBT community and straight community alike, Bryan got to visit the Chiangmai elephants. Not only did Bryan’s new elephant friends take him for a ride through the jungle, but they ate and painted pictures together too!

The Gay Travel Guru’s next stop on his Thailand tour was Phuket, a little island in the south of Thailand. There, he stayed in a hotel on a glorious hill with cabanas home to their own pools and an intricate network of stairs wrapping through the trees and jungle. He even got his spectatorship on sitting ringside at a Thai boxing match. The main differences between the three Thai destinations Bryan visited is the size and type of lifestyles practiced in each one. Bangkok, with 10 million people, has a vibrant gay scene with endless bars and clubs. In Phuket there is not much of a gay scene aside from other gay people traveling. According to Bryan, Chianmai was the perfect balance with 2 million people and a handful of gay bars where being gay is accepted but not thrown in your face.

In terms of LGBT travel safety, Bryan reports back that he always felt safe in and around the Thai destinations he visited. He believes that the overall Thai culture is accepting of homosexuality even if it is not openly spoken about. To get around in general, our Guru definitely relied on a wide network of public transportation which he assures is accessible and affordable. There was also a wide acceptance of a variety of languages all of which were very easily accommodated by the Thai people and other travelers alike. While Bryan didn’t end up eating any crazy and exotic foods during his travels, he did indulge in the best of authentic Thai food which put a glorious finishing touch to his first official international Gay Travel Guru trip to Thailand!
                                                                                     




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