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Booking.com research reveals barriers and opportunities for Australian LGBTIQ+ Travellers

– Half of LGBTIQ+ travellers (46%) report they have experienced some form of discrimination when travelling

SYDNEY, Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, leading digital travel platform Booking.com released new research revealing half of Australian LGBTIQ+ travellers have experienced some form of discrimination when traveling.

With travel restrictions resulting in this year’s Winter Pride in New Zealand being cancelled, and this key moment of travel and celebration put on hold for LGBTIQ+ communities, it’s more important than ever to reflect on the challenges they face. With this campaign, Booking.com aims to create a more inclusive experience when travel becomes a possibility again.

According to the research, 66% say they have to consider their safety and wellbeing as an LGBTIQ+ traveller when picking a destination and over half (57%) believe traveling as part of the LGBTIQ+ community means that some destinations are off limits.

As evidenced by this research with LGBTIQ+ travellers, and despite some positive signals, a substantial portion of the global population doesn’t feel like they can show up as themselves when they travel. In light of this, Booking.com today announced its Proud Hospitality training program for its accommodation partners.

The first step for an accommodation provider to become a Proud Certified property on the Booking.com platform is a 75-minute online Proud Hospitality training session. After completing the online course and making a commitment to deliver a more inclusive experience, Proud Certified partners will receive a Travel Proud badge on their property page.

“Everything we do at Booking.com is about enabling smoother and more enjoyable travel experiences for everyone – no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify,” said Tracey Foxall, Regional Manager Oceania at Booking.com.

“One in five Australian LGBTIQ+ travellers say they are hopeful about being able to travel without restrictions or limitations in the next five years. We firmly believe we can get there together and that everyone should be able to experience the world as themselves, always.”

The training is available free of charge to Booking.com property partners. The program is also rolling out to partners in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

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For further information, contact the Booking.com Australia Press Office team: [email protected].

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Foxwoods Resort Casino and bubly™ Reveal Pride-Themed Suite Experience, the bubly Rainbow Suite

MASHANTUCKET, Conn., Aug. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — To keep the Pride celebrations going, and in partnership with bubly sparkling water, Foxwoods Resort Casino is excited to announce the launch of the bubly Rainbow Suite – a vibrant, interactive suite at Foxwoods designed to celebrate diversity, equality and champion the LGBTQ+ community and culture. The suite is bookable to guests beginning today at Foxwoods.com/RainbowSuite.

A modern and refreshing celebration of love, acceptance and progress, the suite features art from LGBTQ+ artists Zipeng Zhu and Noah Camp and photography featuring drag queens from bubly’s recent “Drag For All Flavors” campaign adorning the walls. Interactive installations include the Instagram-ready Magic Mirror, a custom-designed centerpiece rainbow couch in the shape of bubly’s signature smile, an in-suite bubly bar and selfie-worthy light-up rainbow wall made from iconic bubly cans. Guests can mix up colorful beverages to jump-start an amazing day or night out at Foxwoods, where there is something for everyone all in one place – from the hottest entertainment, gaming, Monza World-Class Karting, Foxwoods’ HighFlyer Zipline, 30+ dining options and so much more.

“We’re thrilled to unveil this amazing new suite experience in partnership with bubly as we remain committed to celebrating and elevating the voices and culture of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Jason Guyot, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “We pride ourselves on being an inclusive resort where we not only celebrate diversity and acceptance of our guests during Pride Month, but all year-long – each and every day.”

“PepsiCo has a longstanding relationship with Foxwoods, and we are excited to partner to bring the bubly Rainbow Suite to life in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community during Pride month and beyond,” said Kathy Kennedy, Sr. Director of Marketing, PBNA North Division. “As a likeminded brand to Foxwoods, bubly is committed to uplifting and supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. The bubly Rainbow Suite exemplifies this support, as well as the unique flavors and vibrant packaging of the brand to help those who stay in the suite crack a smile.”

“The bubly Rainbow Suite is a special retreat recognizing how our unique distinctions are what makes everyone so special,” said Monique Sebastian, VP of Entertainment and Entertainment Marketing at Foxwoods Resort Casino. “At Foxwoods, we’re proud supporters of the LGBTQ+ community and empower our guests to Live Out Loud, which is part of our resort ethos around celebrating everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.”

bubly has been a proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community since the brand’s inception, supporting the community over the years with programs and partnerships with Family Equality, last year’s Unstoppable Pride Parade and New York City’s “Drag For All Flavors” campaign.

Easily accessible from Boston and New York City, Foxwoods offers inclusive fun for couples, family and friends. To book your stay in the bubly Rainbow Suite, visit Foxwoods.com/RainbowSuite. Come Live Out Loud with Foxwoods!

About Foxwoods Resort Casino
As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers guests a premier destination resort experience throughout its six world-class casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels featuring over 2,200 rooms; dining options for all tastes; luxurious spas; award-winning golf; state-of-the-art theaters; Tanger Outlet Mall; conference space for groups of all sizes; and free online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. There is always something new at Foxwoods, most recently the arrival of Foxwoods Extreme Adventures. Adventure knows no limit as guests can zipline or race around on a European-style indoor karting track. Foxwoods Resort Casino truly is The Wonder Of It All, providing a personalized and exciting escape for everyone. Foxwoods, opened in 1992, is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a detailed look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About bubly
The bubly sparkling water brand is shaking up the sparkling water category with refreshing and delicious flavors, an upbeat and playful sense of humor, all while keeping it real with no artificial flavors, no sweeteners, and no calories. Each flavor of bubly and bubly bounce features bright, bold packaging, unique smiles for every flavor, and comes with its own witty greeting on the tab and personal messages on the can for maximum enjoyment and smiles. Just as love comes in all colors of the rainbow, bubly sparkling water is available in seventeen delicious flavors: blackberrybubly, limebubly, cherrybublygrapefruitbubly, strawberrybubly, raspberrybubly, mangobubly, peachbubly, orangebublycranberrybublywatermelonbubly, pineapplebublylemonbublyapplebublypassionfruitbubly, blueberrypomegranatebubly, and whitepeachgingerbublybubly bounce is available in five refreshing combo flavors: mango passion fruit, triple berry, blood orange grapefruit, citrus cherry and blueberry pomegranate. no calories. no sweeteners. all smiles.™

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