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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Axel Hotels Gets Even More Social

“Walls will be an option” at Axel Hotels, courtesy of their new social media project. The heterofriendly hotel chain with properties in Barcelona, Berlin, and Buenos Aires recently launched Axel People, and each hotel guest now receives a VIP pass code to this new portal at the moment of booking. Guests can then define their profile and the degree of privacy that they want to have, and begin to interact on the net. If the reservation is made through external booking channels, the access to the network will be available after check in at the hotel. (Regular clients of Axel’s Local Community will have access through the Events section created in the official Facebook pages of the hotels.)

Features of Axel People include the Lobby, a wall in the Facebook style on which users can publish content and even show their global position; the Events category, where the hotel keeps its clients updated on the hottest parties and happenings in the city; and the Rooms section, where you can see who is staying in the room next door (if the guest wishes to publish that information), and begin an interaction that could make for a great vacation story.

The different hotel areas, from the Sky Bar Terrace and wellness center to the Kitchen Restaurant, also receive personalized treatment – look for special promotions via the portal. A free Axel People application for iPhone is now available via the Apple store so you can stay checked in with the hotel scene even when you’re out in the city.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pink Point Buenos Aires Enters Second Year of Service To LGBT Visitors

Patrizia and Erik from Pink Point, Buenos Aires

By Roy Heale

After the successful inaugural year for Pink Point Buenos Aires plans are now underway for the second year of operations. Pink Point is now the Official LGBT tourist information centre of the Buenos Aires City Government (ENTE de Turismo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires). A provider of LGBT information, gay city maps, and passes to bars and discos, Pink Point also has Pride articles, excursions, and the regular City informational brochures. The overall aim of Pink Point is to unite gay and gay-friendly businesses to build a stronger community spirit for all LGBT locals and for international visitors, ex-pats, and tourists. In Pink Point's mandate these are the fundamentals for a real gay capital city.

This year Pink Point is selling annual memberships to individuals and businesses. Pink Point Buenos Aires does not receive financial assistance from any local government agencies and needs to raise its own operating funds. Without the support of visitors and residents of Buenos Aires they would not be able to maintain the Pink Point services. Pink Point is a non-profit organisation and needs the reinforcement of local gay businesses to continue providing their FREE visitor services.

Members will be posted in the Pink Pages---the LGBT version of the yellow pages---which is an online guide with listings of all gay related businesses and services (from plumbers to dentists, from doctors to wedding planners). Once a year---commencing in July 2012---a printed version of the Pink Pages guide will be distributed all over the city and in relevant places across the country. The Pink Pages will also be FREE to download from their website and also available for FREE as an App for Smartphones and Ipads.

Every two months a Pink Point Member's event (workshop, talk, function, etc.) will be held starting in March 2012. With expert guest speakers on gay related topics, networking, and social activities, these events will be educational and informative. Also, an Official Pink Point member sticker will be supplied for promotional use by members. A newsletter will be published every two months with the Pink Pages new member updates and local upcoming events and information. There will also be an invitation to the Members' Pink Point Ball, to be held annually during the last week of October commencing in 2012.

Corporate Memberships are only available when businesses agree with the rules of being gay- friendly---a Pink Point document which requires a commitment signature.

The new Pink Point LGBT guide and map to Buenos Aires will be published shortly in conjunction with ENTE de Turismo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. This map will be distributed at Pink Point and other tourism locations throughout Buenos Aires and beyond.

Erik Hovenga, Owner & Creative Director, Pink Point Buenos Aires: info@pinkpointbuenosaires.com
Official LGBT Tourism Information Centre (ENTE), Lavalle 669, local 24, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (+ 5411) 4322-1343