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My 07 days in India by portrayed by 30 Postcards Project | India | Great video by friend and colleague Kevin Richberg on his project 30 Postcards around the world. This time of our trip together to the north of India. You can see me in a few scenes, specially the one being harassed by the street vendors ” Hawkers “, just look at my face priceless. After a week of travel, I was kind of OVER them. Great work Kevin. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Thailand a very strong case on LGBT Travel by CNN | Asia | According to CNN GO with base in Asia, Thailand is a very strong case on LGBT Travel compared to other Asian destinations. And I am happy and honored to say that CarlosMeliaBlog.com has a big part on that. Last week during the 1st. Asian Gay and Lesbian Tourism and Hospitality Symposium, together with the Marketing team of the Tourism Authority of Thailand with base in New York, we showed to the attendees and the international press the work we have been doing in mutual collaboration to position Thailand as the top LGBT friendly destination in Asia and among the top 10 in the World. India was the host country of this Symposium, which took place in New Delhi, mainly supported and coordinated by the private sector, with complete absence of the Indian Tourism Office, which put a big question mark into many of us. Completely different is the case of Thailand, where the Tourism Office has joined the private sectors to promote and potentiate the arrival of regional and international LGBT travelers from all over the world with main focus on Luxury, Gourmet, Wine, Culture, Religion, Beach and Adventure. I was appointed by TAT New York to be the person to research and communicate this message through my blog and other various international media outlets. Proud and honored to have such and important network like CNN recognize the work and effort that together TAT New York and myself have been working very hard for the last few months. Thank you CNN GO for empathizing with our project. You may read the full article @ India: Unofficially ready for gay travelers. Mai Pen Rai Thailand. CM
Air Asia left me behind in Delhi | India | Hey Bangkok, it seems that I won’t be arriving tomorrow as planned, same as many other passengers of flight FD 3797 from New Delhi to Bangkok. Air Asia arbitrarily decided to move their flight schedule without letting us know. Yes you read right they literally left us behind, but trust me…. not stranded. I mean what would be the point discussing this… I am not stupid and I think none of the other passengers are either, why would I show up to a flight, which was supposed to depart at 11.40PM, if I knew that the flight was being moved to a new earlier departure time at 08.20PM. These are the moments in life when I truly appreciate being a travel agent, having a strong voice into the international travel media, and most important knowing my rights as a full paid passenger, regardless the airline being a low cost or premium. Of course Air Asia immediately tried to blame it on me, but I told them differently straight out. Left behind maybe, but stranded NO WAY Air Asia. Big disruption into my itinerary, and I was really looking forward waking up tomorrow at my beloved Bangkok, but instead I have to stay one extra night in New Delhi. Lucky enough and due to my demands, my flight was modified and I was given a complimentary stay at a five-stars hotel, late check out, transfers in/out, free WiFi access and breakfast. My dear followers, please learn your rights as a traveller and check all the conditions on your tickets upon purchase and before departure. Much better, use a trustworthy Travel Agent, that is what we travel experts are here for. Good Night everyone, once again and unexpectedly from New Delhi. Hopefully Air Asia tomorrow will decide to stick to their regular schedule. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Thailand | Jaipur, India | Good Morning Everyone. !!!! Leaving India tonight after and amazing week of touring around the Northern region – Varanasi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur – and taking part as press and as a guest speaker at the 1st. Asia Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium. I will be on the road all day today, transferring from Jaipur to New Delhi and later tour of the South section of the city. 11PM I will board my AsiaAir.com flight back to my beloved Amazing Thailand and Bangkok. Destinations to cover in the next 12 days are: Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya. Photo above: one of my series of pride photos, I took at the Amber Palace in Jaipur. Have a great Sunday everyone. CM
Going Royal in India with Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil | New Delhi, India | A few days ago in New Delhi, during the 1st. Asia Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium, I have the honor and pleasure to meet and spend sometime chatting with Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, a true example of life, courage and royalty. His parents attempted to disinherit him after he revealed his homosexuality, and since then his relations with the family have been in question. He is the only known member of the royal lineage in modern India to have publicly revealed he is gay. He shared with me his experiences and also the cause that takes nowadays most of his time Lakshya Trust, where he is the Chairman of this organization, which primarily works on various issues addressing and advocating the social, economical, legal, psychological, spiritual and health aspects of sexual minorities (Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population) in the western Indian state of Gujarat. He also manages a Heritage hospitality project at his Pink Palace, with 35 rooms, to which I have been officially invited on my next visit to India, to experience true Indian royalty. Meeting Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil and learning about his struggles and life experiences have made me, once again, confirm that our cause if fully worth it. India, stand Proud and Loud. CM
Custom holidays for LGBTs in India by The Times of India | New Delhi, India | We are certainly making the news in India. The main newspaper of India – The Times of India – has featured the 1st. Asia Gay and Lesbian Symposium hosted by renown international Community Markering Inc and local LGBT tour operator Out Journeys, and our International Press Trip on their pages. Indeed Proud and Loud India, times are changing. !!! Continue reading Custom holidays for LGBTs in India by The Times of India
GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Varanasi the Holy City | New Delhi, India | Good Morning everyone from fantastic New Delhi. Getting ready to head off to the airport to take my flight to Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India. Varanasi is the city were Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon. Now the question is should I get in and dip deep into the holy waters of the Ganges or not ? to follow the traditions. CM
1st. Asian Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium India | New Delhi, India | Good Morning everyone from New Delhi in India. Very excited to be here and be part of the breaking event to take place in India for the first time ever, by the expert hand of friends and colleagues at Community Marketing Inc. Attached is a PDF copy of the Keynote presentation I will be presenting today as the guest speakers for TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand, based on my own experience as an Out Gay Traveler exploring the Northern and Souther region of Thailand. Hope you like it and Mai Pen Rai all the way from India, to Thailand and rest of Asia. Click Here to view the PDF. This is the reduce size version (2MB). CM
GPS Carlos Melia on my way to New Delhi | Bangkok, Thailand | Right this minute I am as Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, waiting to boar my AirAsia.com flight to New Delhi in India, my new destination for the whole next week. Have not been in India for over eight years so looking forward to this visit. Destinations to visit other than New Delhi are Varanasi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur. Also tomorrow I will be attending the 1st. Asian Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium, where I have been invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand, to be their guest speaker to share to the audience and Asia/International press my own experiences traveling around their stunning country. So lots to do only for only 7 nights. Namaste India. !!!! CM
OH and BTW before I forget…. when at Suvarnabhumi Airport, look for the Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounges, there is always a WiFi Network going around either inside of outside. Just an insider TIP.