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Airbnb Host Launches LGBT+Ally Travel Platform

FabStayz.com Recognizes Safe, Welcoming Spaces from Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway

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Rainbow flags fly over Washington, DC, U Street NW in the background. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons / Ted Eytan (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A former Airbnb Superhost aims to remove the ‘coming out’ conundrum for LGBT+ travelers when booking accommodations through the 10+ million listings across major short-term rental platforms including Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and HomeAway. FabStayz.com brings an end to travelers having to message hosts ensuring they are ‘OK’ with hosting a gay couple or member of the transgender community. The platform’s FabHosts are recognized LGBT+Ally hosts fostering welcoming safe spaces for all.

“Travel is about fun and exploration, coming out to a stranger is no way to kick-off a vacation,” says Robert Geller, Founder and CEO of FabStayz and himself an Airbnb Host. “Be your FabSelf wherever your travels take you. No more scouring listings for clues if the host is LGBT+ welcoming, an ally or member of our community. FabStayz wants to take away all the guesswork for the LGBT+ traveler.”

Geller shared that property owners listed on FabStayz will be some of the most experienced hosts who must meet the platform’s strict criteria of seven months minimum hosting on another major platform with at least 10 great to excellent reviews. Geller points out this criteria brings added security as hosts cannot join FabStayz without prior hosting experience. Additionally, all FabStayz hosts much agree to FabStayz diversity and inclusion statement.

“Our featured FabHosts are super at hosting,” exclaims Geller, playing on Airbnb’s ‘Superhost’ badges. “To date, 96 percent of featured FabHosts are allies wanting to be recognized as welcoming to the LGBT+ community. And, they’ve done so by purchasing yearly subscriptions to be featured on FabStayz.com.”

When developing FabStayz, Geller and his team also wanted to make it easy for hosts to join the site. Unique to FabStayz is that hosts do not have to create a new listing from scratch. Instead, their listing is uploaded from other major short-term rental platforms. This feature allows LGBT+Ally property owners to be listed on the site in a matter of minutes.

“Tiny Tiki Retro Hideaway”, an 1954 vintage retro-tinyhouse-on-wheels, patio, and a shady gazebo offer an unforgettable highlight of your travels. Photo credit: FabStayz.com

FabStayz beta v1.0 went live just weeks ago with its Fab100 Hosts, the first 100 to join the platform and now has over 500 listings. Featured listings include such unique properties as tiny homes in Portland, Oregon, a castle in France, a vintage RV on a hillside in Los Angeles, a restored firehouse in Chattanooga, TN, home shares, beach front condos, and guest suites throughout the United States, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, and United Kingdom.

Additionally, a FabOffer during the site’s launch gives hosts the opportunity to experience the benefits of the FabStayz platform. LGBT+Ally Hosts with listings on Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking or TripAdvisor can get a six-month free trial subscription to be recognized on FabStayz.com.

Representing every letter of the acronym LGBT+, Geller’s diverse FabStayz team has their sights set on Airbnb’s 7M active listings in over 100,000 cities looking to gain a 3 percent foothold within its first 18 months, making it the largest LGBT+ accommodations platform.

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Curaçao Marriott Shows Its Pride And Joy

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“Biba i laga Bibi,” which translates to “Live and Let Live,” is the philosophy of sun-drenched Curaçao, and the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino encourages LGBT vacationers to experience its gay-friendliness and relaxed ambiance. With its Pride & Joy Couples Package, the Caribbean beach resort, located on Piscadera Bay, lets gay and lesbian vacationers experience that atmosphere and the island firsthand.

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Whether guests are in town to celebrate Pride or simply relax and enjoy more than 35 beaches, diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking or horseback riding, the Marriott Curacao resort is ready to welcome sweethearts with luxurious rooms and convenient services to pamper. The 247 rooms and suites with tranquil blue hues boast private balconies or terraces where guests can relax with a glass of wine before heading to bed for a sound night’s sleep on cotton-rich sheets and plenty of fluffy pillows. Lovers also will appreciate high-speed Internet access, mini-refrigerators and cable/satellite TV.

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The Emerald Casino offers a variety of gaming options with more than 10 gaming tables that include blackjack, Texas bonus, American roulette, Caribbean stud poker and craps as well as 90 slot machines. The Health Club & Fitness Center offers the couple’s massage, included in the Pride & Joy Package in addition to services such as facials, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures and waxing.

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Travelers looking for adventure can explore the onsite, five-star PADI Dive and Water Sports Center offering a full-range of diving courses, snorkeling and romantic sunset boat trips. Local Curacao attractions include Dolphin Swim and Encounter, Willemstad City, Ostrich Farm and Curacao Sea Aquarium.

The Pride & Joy Couples Package includes:

  • beach front accommodations
  • a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • breakfast buffet daily for two in Palm Cafe
  • a romantic dinner for two on the beach
  • a couple’s massage

The Curacao resort’s Pride & Joy Couples Package is valid through December 31, 2016. Rates start at $343 per night plus applicable tax and service charge. A three-night minimum stay is required. When booking online or calling 1-800-228-9290, guests should use the promotional code 4LG. Package is based on availability and subject to restrictions.

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New Hyatt Place Hotel Breaks Ground at Austin’s Airport

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is one step closer to getting a new hotel after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Hyatt Place Hotel. The four-story, 77,000 square foot and 139-room hotel, scheduled to open in spring 2017, is being built on undeveloped land located adjacent to planned retail development, off Presidential Boulevard between the airport’s Cell Phone Lot and the Hilton Austin Airport.

The hotel will take advantage of the close proximity to the airport terminal as well as a proposed retail development adjacent to the property. The hotel design places the entry along the airport’s main roadway, Presidential Boulevard. This access point will be highly visible and very convenient for passengers traveling through the airport.

The hotel will include a main lobby, café and dining area, meeting rooms, state of the art fitness center and resort style pool. Convenient surface level parking will be provided for hotel guests. In an effort to maximize building efficiency while limiting the environmental impact, the hotel will achieve LEED Silver Certification as well as an Austin Energy Green Building Two Star Rating.

The hotel is a privately developed and owned project by ABIA HP, LLC on leased land from ABIA Retail, LLC and the airport. Two local businesses, Journeyman Construction, Inc. (general contractor) and JCI Hospitality, LLC (developer and operator) will work on the project.

Source: Press release

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