Gay Travel Award Finalists Showcase The Best Of LGBTQ Tourism

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Voting for The Gay Travel Awards is in full swing for 2021.

Now in its sixth year, has let the community decide which destinations are worthy of praise when it comes to inclusivity in hospitality. Accolades also include event management, influencers, and property.

GayTravel Chief Visionary Officer Steve Rohrlick says that 2021 is a challenging year for travelers, "With the pandemic ebbing and flowing across the globe along with the newest variants, many are restricted from traveling or are waiting for a safer time. The Gay Travel Awards affords us all a moment to focus on the industry's best as a prologue to getting back out there."

Rohrlick's optimism is applauded and for those who are willing to safely brave the restrictions of a pandemic-laced world right now, the category finalists are a great way to test the waters. But keep in mind, there are restrictions in place and any tourist eager to book their vacation should check with each destination's safety protocols before packing. That includes mass travel methods.

For those waiting out the viral storm, look over the nominees below and vote for your favorites, it could be your lucky day! Participants could win the grand prize of a two-night stay in Puerto Vallarta at an Andrew Christian residence. Eligible voters could win other prizes from Andrew Christian, MËNAJIAdvanced Men's Skincare, and ROAM Luggage.

Here is a sampling of some of the places in the running:


  • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
  • Marriott Cancun Resort
  • Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina
  • Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
  • The Fives Oceanfront Hotel & Residences
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

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  • Andaz West Hollywood
  • Archer Hotel New York
  • Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
  • Moxy NYC Chelsea
  • Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
  • The Chesterfield Palm Beach
  • The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
  • The Oliver Hotel


  • Fairlane Hotel
  • Fairmont Austin
  • Hotel Colee, Autograph Collection
  • Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis
  • Sheraton Grand Seattle
  • The Highlander Hotel
  • The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

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  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club
  • Aloft San Juan
  • Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown
  • Hotel Clermont
  • Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
  • Marriott Stanton South Beach
  • Moxy Miami South Beach
  • The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
  • Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club
  • Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
  • The Langham Huntington
  • The Ritz-Carlton Abama
  • The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
  • Zadún, A Ritz Carlton Reserve


  • Aspen Square Condominium Hotel
  • Fox Hotel and Suites
  • Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection
  • Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection
  • The Alpina Gstaad
  • The Omnia Mountain Lodge
  • The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
  • W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen courtesy of

To view the entire list of categories and nominees and vote, click HERE.

Voting is now open and runs through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, December 26, 2021

Participants are encouraged to vote every day to increase their chances of winning the grand prize or subsequent prizes.

The Award Winners are decided through a proprietary algorithm designed to weigh criteria consistent with the Awards mission, primarily surrounding the acceptance and inclusiveness of LGBTQ+ travelers, as well as service levels, amenities, and overall guest experience. The result of your voting is an important part of this algorithm.

GayTravel connects the LGBTQ+ community with gay-friendly destinations, hotels, cruises, tours, events, entertainment, attractions, clubs, and restaurants worldwide. Their mission is to provide the community with safe, welcoming, and curated recommendations to ensure that every vacation is both pleasurable and memorable. Wherever the journey ends, it begins with!

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