Booking.com launches Proud Portraits

Award-winning queer photographer, Becki Moss will capture travellers celebrating their most authentic selves at custom Winter Pride photo stations.

‘Travel’ and its connotations should usually denote positive experiences, adventure and enjoyment. Yet for many Kiwi LGBTIQ+ travellers, the reality of travelling can often paint a very different picture, as more than half (61%) have experienced less than welcoming experiences on their journeys.

With international travel now resuming, a new study conducted amongst LGBTIQ+ travellers across 25 countries including Aotearoa, reveals that a destination’s acceptance of the rainbow community sits at the heart of many LGBTIQ+ travel decisions.

Destinations such as Queenstown, which has been celebrating LGBTIQ+ pride for over a decade with its annual Winter Pride festivities, offers a place for rainbow travellers to be their authentic selves. This is important for the three in five (58%) of Kiwi LGBTIQ+ travellers who say they are more likely to travel to a destination that celebrates its local LGBTIQ+ communities and history.

While LGBTIQ+ travellers seek community connection, they also look to local businesses and brands that support and recognise the need for inclusive experiences. More than half of LGBTIQ+ travellers (58%) are more likely to seek out attractions or activities that are tailored to rainbow communities.

To celebrate travelling proud as New Zealand opens its borders and welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe, Booking.com is returning to Winter Pride this year with ‘Proud Portraits’. Popping up at two events, the Pride Colour Run and Propaganda Snowball, award-winning queer photographer Becki Moss will capture travellers celebrating their most authentic selves at custom Winter Pride photo stations.

Festival goers can pick-up a ‘Proud Portrait’ in print and digital versions of their Pride celebrations for a koha or eftpos donation. All proceeds from the campaign will be matched by Booking.com and donated in support of OutLine Aotearoa, providing nationwide, free and confidential support for rainbow communities.

Attendees of Winter Pride will find Becki Moss and ‘Proud Portraits’ at:

● Pride Colour Run – The Remarkables, Ice Bar, from 1 to 3pm on Friday, 2 September
● Propaganda Snowball – Queenstown Memorial Centre, from 9 to midnight on Saturday, 3 September

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