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Las Vegas named top LGBT destination

an American online travel guide providing LGBT travelers with information on inclusive destinations and companies -- has revealed its pick of the year's best travel providers. Winners include the US city of Las Vegas, crowned "Destination of the Year."

The "Gay Travel Awards," an American website hopes to encourage more travel firms to consider the inclusiveness of their services and amenities for LGBT travelers.

This first list of winners sees Las Vegas crowned "Destination of the Year" for LGBT travelers. The USA is particularly well represented in the line-up of winners. Other US hotspots for LGBT inclusiveness include South Beach's 12th Street Beach in Miami, crowned "Beach of the Year." In fact, Florida appears to be a prime destination for LGBT travelers, with Fort Lauderdale's Ritz-Carlton hotel named the "Best Luxury Hotel" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual travelers.

"Gay Bar of the Year" goes to The Abbey, West Hollywood, whereas travellers in search of relaxation can head to Napa Valley in California, where The Meadowood Spa is named gay-friendly "Spa of the Year."

Prize-winning destinations in Europe include the Spanish city of Madrid, scooping "Gay Pride of the Year," and the continent's top gay-friendly hotel in the Austrian Alps.

 

The full list of Gay Travel Awards categories and winners:

Airline, Commuter: Cape Air

Airline, International: Virgin Atlantic

Airline, US: Southwest

Beach of the Year: 12th Street Beach, South Beach, Miami

Bed & Breakfast of the Year: The Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod

Cruise Line of the Year: Royal Caribbean International

Destination of the Year: Las Vegas

Event of the Summer: Out in the Vineyard

Event of the Winter: Whistler Gay Pride & Ski Festival

Gay Bar of the Year: The Abbey West Hollywood

Gay Pride of the Year: Madrid

Gayborhood of the Year: Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Collection of the Year: Starwood Hawaii

Luxury Hotel, Europe: Hotel Alpine Palace, Austria

Luxury Hotel, US: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Hotel of the Year: ME Cabo

Hotel, Wedding: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Spa of the Year: The Meadowood Spa in the Napa Valley

Theater/Show of the Year: "Hamilton"

Tour Operator of the Year: (tie) HE Travel & Oscar Wilde Tours

Happy Birthday Cher!

Cher is looking mighty fine these days — even at 64 years old.

Her shows at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace continue to rock on with rave reviews and sold-out nights, and their success has prompted her to agree to yet another final tour.

This fall, her movie Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Las Vegas’ own Julianne Hough will be released, and Cher has already said she’ll be back in the recording studio for a new album.

There’s also grapevine gossip in Hollywood that she’s started a new romance! The Grammy Award- and Oscar-winning singer and actress is on the Vegas Strip this weekend as she starts to round out her three-year contract at Caesars Palace. A new set of tickets for summer and fall shows through Halloween went on sale this week.

Cher recently celebrated the second anniversary of her Colosseum show and was a surprise presenter at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena. She also recently sat down with Extra’s Lauren Sanchez and talked about an upcoming tour, exercise and her career longevity.

Expect fans galore to give her cakes and other surprises when her concert run resumes Saturday. Happy Birthday, wonder woman!

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