Five Florida Destinations Receive 2017 Gay Travel Awards

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More gay travelers may start spending their vacation time in the Sunshine State.

Worthington Guesthouse and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale, Palace Bar in Miami Beach, the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown and the City of Orlando were five hospitality businesses in Florida which received 2017 Gay Travel Awards.

The awards, put on by travel resource GayTravel.com, have 23 separate categories for destinations and other tourism companies to win awards for LGBT inclusiveness.

"The Gay Travel Awards support and promote LGBTQ travel and tourism by identifying and rewarding select organizations which exemplify a spirit of inclusiveness, acceptance, exemplary customer service and hospitality excellence," Vice President of GayTravel.com Stephen Prisco said in a press release.

Worthington Guesthouse won the bed and breakfast category for the first time, while the Hard Rock won the best casino resort category for the first time. Orlando won the best destination category, Palace Bar won best bar and the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown won best value hotel.

A Florida hotel won the best value hotel for the second straight year, with the Ritz Carlton winning last year’s honors. Notably, the travel site did not give a beach award like the one 12th Street beach won last year.

In the inaugural edition last year, only two Florida destinations (Fort Lauderdale’s Ritz-Carlton and 12th Street Beach in Miami) won their respective categories.

The full list of winners can be found below, courtesy of GayTravel.com:

Worthington Guesthouse - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Car Rental – Advantage Rent A Car
Casino Resort – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL
Destination Domestic – Orlando, FL
Destination International – Vienna
Fan Favorite Hotel – Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui
Gay Bar of the Year - Palace Bar - Miami Beach, FL
Gay Pride of the Year – New York City
Hotel Collection of the Year – Starwood Hawaii
Hotel Luxury, Europe - St. James' Court, London
Hotel Luxury, Mexico - The St. Regis Mexico City
Hotel Luxury, US - Rancho Valencia - Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Hotel, Wedding Resort - Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
LGBT Cruise Operator – Atlantis
LGBT Tour Operator - Toto Tours
LGBT Travel Agency - Cruising with Pride
Ocean Cruise Line – Royal Caribbean International
Romantic Hotel or Resort - Castlehotel Schönburg
Spa of the Year - Meadowood Napa Valley
Summer Event – Gay Wine Weekend
Travel App – Hopper
Value Hotel - Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
Winter Event - Whistler Pride


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