Category Archives: Ed Salvato

By @ 01/17/18 in Allister Chang, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

Meet ManAboutWorld at the Travel & Adventure Show, Washington, D.C. January 20-21, 2018Meet the ManAboutWorld team at  the Travel & Adventure Show, Washington, D.C. for travel inspiration and great trip-planning information this Saturday & Sunday, January 20-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, January 21 at 2:15pm in the Destination Theater. All welcome! whether you are LGBT or have family or friends in the community, you’ll find this information-packed seminar useful.

Meet ManAboutWorld at the Travel & Adventure Show, Washington, D.C. January 20-21, 2018

Free ticket

Register here for a free ticket (code: MANVIP18) but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information (and free guides) for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

  • Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2018 and beyond
  • Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
  • Travel opportunities for gay families
  • Travel opportunities for trans travelers

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By @ 11/17/17 in Ed Salvato, Gay honeymoon, Gay rights, Gay travel, St. Lucia, Travel

Dominic Fedee, tourism minister for St. Lucia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Honorable Dominic Fedee visited New York this month with his marketing and public relations team to launch a new campaign for St. Lucia and to assure Americans that this lush Caribbean nation was not affected by recent hurricanes. The small country depends on tourism, and he asserts that “The best way to help the Caribbean is to visit the Caribbean.”

In St. Lucia, as in a number of Caribbean countries, same-sex relations between men are illegal though there are no laws against lesbians. We caught up with Minister Fedee to ask him whether LGBTQ visitors are welcome in St. Lucia. The interview, below, is part of a series with senior tourism leaders about LGBTQ travelers, including our recent interview with Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, MP.

Interview with the Honorable Dominic Fedee, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting by Ed Salvato

ManAboutWorld: Sometimes the LGBTQ media cites the Caribbean as an example of a region that is unfriendly or unwelcoming for gay travelers. Would you say LGBTQ traveler are welcome in St. Lucia?

Dominic Fedee: Well, everyone is welcome in St. Lucia. Absolutely. I can tell you there is a comprehensive constitutional review taking place in a number of Caribbean countries. Sometimes the books don’t reflect the pulse or where the population is and a lot of our law is based on old antiquated British law. For example, capital punishment is still in the books. You must remember that we are small jurisdictions. A lot of us only got independence in the ’60’s and ’70’s, and we don’t have the economic might to reform our legislation and make the changes necessary to move forward as fast as we would like.

But the question is, “As humans, how do we appreciate differences in one other? How do we respect each other and not allow those differences to divide us?” I think that is the key. I don’t think any of us will be extreme about any position. I think it is our responsibility to be patient and understanding with them and to keep giving them opportunities to understand us.

ManAboutWorld: Do you think that is a sentiment shared by yours fellow St. Lucians, especially in the hospitality industry, for customer-facing service workers? It feels like that may be the culture there.

Dominic Fedee: Well, I worked in the hospitality industry. I had 16 long years in the specific company and we welcomed many gay couples, and it is a practice.

ManAboutWorld: Is the government giving serious consideration to removing antiquated anti-sodomy laws? It sounds like the country doesn’t necessarily have the resources to move as quickly as it wants.

Dominic Fedee: Well, there’s a lot of discussion and debate. I mean I just got back and two weeks ago, the news was talking about whether marijuana should be legal — another subject that divides us. Also whether capital punishment should be legal. So it’s not just about same-sex marriage.

ManAboutWorld: A lot of countries and marketers are seeking gay travelers for the economic and social benefits that the group provides and the positive PR message it sends by welcoming them. Does St. Lucia actively seek to attract LGBTQ travelers?

Dominic Fedee: No, though everyone is welcome. I think of tourists are tourists. I don’t want to differentiate between Muslim and Black and White and Christian and fat or gay and straight. We welcome everybody.

ManAboutWorld: I interviewed a couple of hotel marketers in St. Lucia and one thing that came up a was that there seemed to be restrictions on marriage officiants blessing same-sex couples because they’re afraid that they could have their license revoked. Is that something that an officiant should be concerned about?

Dominic Fedee: Well, in the absence of a definitive policy, I can understand one would be cautious. I mean even in this interview — I can’t remember my cabinet ever sitting down together to talk about this specific problem. We have discussed the judicial system in general but we have not looked at whether we look specifically at gay marriages or marijuana. When do we make them legal? That discussion has taken place whether we disregard capital punishment. In some jurisdictions, that has been outlawed. It will take a lot of time for the Caribbean.

ManAboutWorld: Let me ask you this final question. Hospitality companies and brands are among the most progressive in the world, scoring high in the Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index which rates most large hotel companies 100% in terms of their support for their LGBTQ customers and employees. Is St. Lucia’s hospitality industry looking at LGBTQ issues in terms of any sort of sensitivity training or awareness as far as you know?

Dominic Fedee: We have a very active civil society group and we leave that — it is still a contentious issue even here in the United States. And so civil society drives that and I can’t remember government ever actively taking it on. I think the St. Lucian LGBTQ movement is very courageous. [editor’s note: Led by executive director, Kenita Placide of United & Strong (LGBTQI) St. Lucia.] I wish it all the best. It’s very welcoming and that’s why I love democracy where people can default on different things and people can still respect each other’s differences and people must not allow those differences to divide them. But the differences in us should inspire us and the differences in us should — we should all take away from the differences in us.

St. Lucia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 02/04/16 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Japan has a problem other destinations would love to have. They have a rich abundance of incredibly cool things spread throughout the country that are unique to Japan. From wild, hand-picked (and crazy expensive) green teas to delicately woven charms meant to insert in envelopes — but only for correspondence with a cheerful message — to sweet/spicy wasabi treats and much  more.

The Wonder 500 gathered 500 products from 47 prefectures and eight categories (travel, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, food and beverages) to display in an intimate venue that is open to the public (a 4 West 43rd St just west of 5th Ave). This is an opportunity to discover some of what makes Japan so special. Have some tea; try a treat; purchase a few very early Christmas presents; and escape from New  York to the Land of the Rising Sun for a delicious hour or so.

The Wonder 500™ exhibition runs from January 28th until February 9th at the Exhibition Hall at 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily, with admission free to the public. For more information, visit

Photos: Above is ManAboutWorld editor in chief with Ritsuko Nakamura in a traditional kimono at the Wonder 500 in New York and below is a selection of items you will find there.

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500

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By @ 09/09/15 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Big Ben in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Big Ben

Our editor Ed Salvato is on a European tour, currently in London for the week. He updated us with a few images from his trip, including these. Check back here, on our Instagram feed or on Facebook over the next two weeks to see photos from  his travels and those of our colleague Billy Kolber who’s also in Europe on this Uniworld river cruise sailing from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

G-A-Y gay club in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine


The London Eye in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The London Eye

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By @ 06/30/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
It's all about gay travel Love in Philly

It’s all about gay travel Love in Philly

We were included in a piece on gay travel in Yahoo Travel today. Here’s an excerpt. To read the entire piece, click here

These days, it seems just about everybody is after that rainbow dollar.

And the recent federal ruling by the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states will only further the expansion of cities, both large and small, marketing toward the gay community, which represents an estimated $70 billion travel market, or around six to eight percent of the entire travel market.

“Within every jurisdiction, it sends a signal to the world that says gay people are on the same footing as everyone else,” says Ed Salvato, editor-in-chief of ManAboutWorld, a gay travel magazine.

It all started in 1973, when a gay travel agent named Hanns Ebensten, the “grandfather of gay travel,” led a group of gay men down the Colorado River. It was the first gay travel experience of its kind and sparked a movement that’s exponentially grown over the last 40 years into a multi-billion industry. To read more, click here.

Photo: The Love Park in Philadelphia. (Photo: Kathryn Yengel/Flickr)

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 06/17/15 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Tom Goss, Travel

tom gossA warm welcome to our newest ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Tom Goss. There he is above with a lobster and below without. Check back here for his contributions which will include some fun travel videos.

Tom Goss is a singer, songwriter and storyteller based in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has spent the last decade aggressively touring. performing over 1,000 shows in 100+ cities, traversing 40 states and 5 countries. An adventurer at heart, there are few places where Tom can’t find something to climb over or jump off of.

Connect with Tom on the following social media platforms:

Meet all of our Global Correspondents here. Subscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Billy, Ed and Kenny.


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By @ 04/16/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Starwood launches Tribute Portfolio as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Starwood Hotels launched Tribute Portfolio hotels and resorts today in New York. According to our editor Ed Salvato who attended the launch press conference, CEO Adam Aron (above) described the brand as catering to the upper upscale with the tag line “stay independent.” The first hotel is the Royal Palm in Miami Beach. More on the way.

More pictures from the event follow.


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By @ 03/24/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
ManAboutWorld Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato

ManAboutWorld Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato

Our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato will join the New York Travel Festival panel on April 18 to discuss “What Gay Travel Gets Right:What other niches can learn from LGBT marketing.” Moderated by Mark Chestnut, Ed will join Matt Skallerud to discuss what has made LGBT travel marketing strategies successful, how these tactics work for other niches in the travel industry, what tactics won’t work, or need to be adjusted for different audiences, and how niche travel marketing evolving.
The festival organizers have offered us the following discounts:
  • ‘MAW15’ is $5 off of Weekend Traveler Ticket
  • ‘MAWIND’ is $25 off of Weekend Industry Ticket

To purchase tickets, click here and enter the appropriate code.

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By @ 03/18/15 in Daily Dose, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Brompton Cemetery, London

Spring in Brompton Cemetery, London; showing signs of life

Our Editor-in-chief visited London and sent back this photo from the Brompton Cemetery where a colorful hint of spring adorns the resting place of many notables from the mid 19th century and later.

According to the Royal Parks website:

Brompton Cemetery is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. It combines historic monuments, trees and wildlife with the stories of the remarkable people buried here. This beautiful landscape is the only Cemetery in the country owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks on behalf of the nation.




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By @ 02/11/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Steve Rodriguez and Ed Salvato as seen at the New York Times Travel Show

Steve Rodriguez interviews ManAboutWorld editor Ed Salvato

Steve Rodriguez from Progressive Pulse, a great resource for lifestyle articles, videos and more, caught up with our editor in chief Ed Salvato at the New York Times Travel Show and got his take on the 15 most fabulous destinations everyone should consider in 2015. See the interview here.


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By @ 01/21/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

Ed Salvator, Editor-in-Chief of Man About World magazine, to speak at New York Times Travel Show

Catch our editor in chief Ed Salvato moderating the LGBT panel he creates for the show every year. Or catch him on the U.S. State Department panel on travel safety. Or catch him in the “Meet the Expert” booth where he’ll personally answer your burning travel questions. The New York Times Travel Show is this Saturday, January 24th at the Javitz Center. It’s ginormous, so be sure to plan time to walk the show floor too. ManAboutWorld is a media partner, so we can hook you up with a $3 discount — instructions below.

  • 1:00 pm. Ed moderates  a panel “L.G.B.T. Travel: Hot Cruises, Events
    and Destinations for 2015” which he assembled and which includes LGBT travel experts Merryn Johns, Jeff Guaracino,  Zachary Moses and Bob Witeck. Room 1E10.
  • 2:00pm. Ed is available one-on-one to answer your travel questions. Look for him in the “Meet the Expert” area Exhibition, Booth #939
  • 4:00 pm, Ed will participate in a panel organized by the U.S. State Department: “U.S. Travelers: Smart, Savvy and Safe.” Room 1E13.

For $3 off your registration, click the Registration link: then click on consumer tab and enter discount code:  SPKR


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By @ 12/12/14 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel

????????ManAboutWorld spoke at the the 15th Annual Conference of Tourism and Hospitality hosted by CMI at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Speaking on press trips, our Publisher, Billy Kolber (center) and Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato (left) along with myself, discussed best practices to creating press trips, from abstract tips about themes and chemistry to considering the more fundamental needs of a writer, like WiFi and accommodations. If you’re in the industry and organize or attend press trips, this guide is for you. Download it now free!

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By @ 10/22/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel



acropolis museumOur Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato recently returned from Athens beaming from his visit to the Acropolis Museum. The beautiful space is only about five years old and already beloved by Athenians and tourists. And for good reason; we found tons of cool tidbits (for example, the interior replica of the parthenon has the exact foot print and orientation as the actual!) and the exhibits are easy to follow and well curated, some even showing a side-by-side comparison of statue beside an imaged portrait of what it might look like 2,000 years prior. A major surprise and one of Europe’s best museums!

Check out all of our insider-y Greek coverage coming in our upcoming issue and guide by subscribing here!


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By @ 10/06/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

thessalonikiOur Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato explores Thessaloniki, an incredible Greek port city oft overlooked by tourists who opt instead to visit the more popular Greek Isles. But Thessaloniki is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with hot gay guys.

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By @ 08/07/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Montreal, Travel

montrealprideWe love Montreal (and our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato just returned!). It’s the most European of all North American cities, the gay centerpiece of Canada, and a personal favorite of ours. In a few days, on August 11, gay pride kicks off featuring more than 80 events and parties. The events concludes on the 18th with one of the world’s best pride parades.

Visitors can expect sightings of the two international Grand Marshals, LGBT human rights activist Peter Tatchell, and Boban Stojanović, LGBT activist from Serbia and organizer of Belgrade Pride. Four hot “out” Olympic athletes from Sochi will also make guest appearances.
Montreal is a city of hidden treasures and secrets, and you can read all of our extensive coverage in our April 2013 issue by subscribing here!

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By @ 07/27/14 in Canada, Ed Salvato, Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Montreal, Travel

Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 2.10.11 PMWe’re heading to Montreal next week for Divers/Cité, one of the two major gay celebrations that take place every summer. The other, Pride Montreal, takes place August 11-17. It’s a tad confusing for those of us in cities with one big Pride-oriented celebration but the net result is you get to spend twice as much time celebrating your queerness, dancing up a storm and soaking in a lot of amazing culture. Photo: david-romero

Divers/Cité (a clever play on words in two languages and described as a festival of music and arts) promises a jam-packed line up of parties as well as a highly curated selection of dance and music events. French-Canadians really know how to throw a fete. We’ll be there. Will you? Look for our posts on Instagram @ManAboutWorld, Twitter @MAWTravel and Facebook at ManAboutWorld.

mont 2Photo: aydin-matlabi


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By @ 06/28/14 in Daily Dose, Ed Salvato, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

toronto IMGP9770Our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato is on the ground in Toronto, celebrating the 28th annual World Pride (and some beautiful Toronto weather!) Toronto is one of our favorite cities (and one we covered in our Sept. 2012 issue) and this week of festivities is a big reason why. For World Pride, more than 34 bars have extended their last calls to 4a.m. so the celebrations can continue into the early morning dawn. There are also tons of parties and official events worth checking out if you’re in town.

For more of our insider tips and secrets about Toronto, click here to subscribe


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By @ 06/12/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

tbtBack in 2005, our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato visited the Temple of Karnak in Egypt. Founded in 3200 BC (how’s that for a throwback?), Karnak is a vast complex of columns, temples and chapels in ruins but surprisingly well-preserved that had been built by more than 30 pharaohs. The great structure remains the second most visited site in Egypt (next to the Pyramids of Giza, of course.) According to Ed:

I’ll never forget seeing row upon perfect row of massive columns and thinking, how the heck did the build this in ancient times and how is it still standing today, millennia later. It sounds hokey but plan on watching the very cool light-and-sound show, which really does transport you back thousands of years where you can unleash your inner pharaoh (or Cleopatra!).


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By @ 06/03/14 in Big Island, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Hawaii, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Jason Logan/NY Times

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ManAboutWorld’s editor Ed Salvato was quoted in the recent New York Times piece, “For Gay Destinations, Thinking Outside the Obvious.” ManAboutWorld was also included as a resource in the Times piece, “Finding Comfort and Safety as a Gay Traveler.”

Here’s a section quoting him naming the Big Island as one of his favorite off-the-beaten track destinations:

Popular with tourists, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and the busy Waikiki area in particular, may be the most obvious choice for L.G.B.T. travelers heading to Hawaii, and it is well worth a trip if you’ve never been. There are plenty of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses, and the 24th annual Honolulu Pride Parade and Celebration is coming up on June 7.

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By @ 05/13/14 in Adam Groffman, Auston Matta, Billy Kolber, Correspondent, DJ Yabis, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Hannes Pálsson, LA/West Hollywood, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Nadav Peretz, Travel, Vladimir Martinez

IMG_9244Over a dozen ManAboutWorld correspondents attended the IGLTA’s 31st annual Convention, May 8-11. Here are eight of them from left to right, including their specialty, nationality and current city. What a worldly, hard-working, passionate group!

Just wait till IGLTA’s 32nd annual Convention in Los Angeles (April 9-12, 2015) where we will make an even bigger splash.


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