Q.Digital Announces Winners in "Best of GayCities" 2017

San Francisco takes home multiple awards, including "Most Welcoming City," while Armistead Maupin takes home "Travel Icon" honors

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- GayCities, the world's most popular LGBTQ community-driven city guide and travel site, today announced winners of its annual "Best of GayCities" awards (gaycities.com/best-of-2017/).

GayCities readers cast more than 48,000 votes for their favorite destinations and travel icons in 13 categories from best "Travel Instagrammer" to city that has the best "Singles Scene."

San Francisco took gold honors as the "Most Welcomeing City 2017" along with two other reader-voted awards. Joe D'Alessandro, CEO of San Francisco Travel Association, was also presented with the annual "Travel Innovator" award for his leadership and committment to welcoming LGBTQ travelers to San Francisco from across the globe.

Complete list of categories, winners and nominees:

Most Welcoming City

Gold = San Francisco

Silver = New Orleans

Bronze = New York City

Runners Up = Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City

City That Makes You Happy

Gold = Key West

Silver = Palm Springs

Bronze = Vancouver

Runners Up = Buenos Aires, Nice, Puerto Vallarta, Vancouver

Travel Instagrammer

Gold = Nomadic Boys (@nomadicboys)

Silver = Two Bad Tourists (@twobadtourists)

Bronze = Kasedna Travel (@kasedna_travel)

Runners Up = Blake Sterling (@byblakesterling), Danny Boy Travelz (@dannyboytravelz), Nattalia Dantas (@nattaliadantas)

Foodie Paradise

Gold = San Francisco

Silver = Paris

Bronze = Barcelona

Runners Up = Bangkok, Brooklyn, Philadelphia

Fun in the Sun

Gold = Provincetown

Silver = Miami

Bronze = Sydney

Runners Up = Gran Canaria, Las Vegas, Orlando\


Gold = Eagle Bar (San Francisco)

Silver = Good Friends (New Orleans)

Bronze = Boxers (New York City)

Runners Up = Berghain (Berlin), G-A-Y Bar (London), The Abbey (Los Angeles)

Travel YouTuber

Gold = Davey Wavey

Silver = Marco in a Box

Bronze = Courtney Act

Runners Up = Allie & Sam, Fiona Solis, Matthew & Ryan

Hotel Experience

Gold = Axel Hotel (Barcelona)

Silver = Bellalgio (Las Vegas)

Bronze = Four Seasons (Maui)

Runners Up = Palomar (Washington, DC), Renaissance Vinoy (St. Pete, FL), St. Regis (New York City)

Singles Scene

Gold = Fort Lauderdale

Silver = Montreal

Bronze = Seattle

Runners Up = Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland

Romantic Getaway

Gold = Paris

Silver = Barcelona

Bronze = Amsterdam

Runners Up = Manchester, Montreal, Reykjavík

Festival Destination

Gold = Mardi Gras (New Orleans)

Silver = Stonewall 50 (New York City)

Bronze = Market Days (Chicago)

Runners Up = Circuit Festival (Barcelona), Tel Aviv Pride (Israel), Winter Party (Miami)

Best Gayborhood

Gold (tie) = Boystown (Chicago) & West Hollywood

Bronze = Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale)

Runners Up = Capitol Hill (Seattle), Gayborhood (Philadelphia), Oak Lawn (Dallas)

Inaugural "GayCities Icon"

Gold = Armistead Maupin (Author)

Silver = Ellen Page (Actress)

Bronze = Arne Sorenson (Marriott CEO)

Runners Up = Chip Conely (Author), John Tanzella (President, IGLTA)

GayCities Travel Innovator Award

Honoree = Joe D'Alessandro (CEO, San Francisco Travel)

"We are thrilled and honored with this recognition," commented San Francisco Travel Association CEO, Joe D'Alessandro, "It clearly demonstrates that San Francisco continues to be a preferred destination for LGBTQ travelers."

"I'm thrilled to accept the 2017 Best of GayCities "Travel YouTuber" Award!" Davey Wavey reacted upon learning of his win, "I've been sharing LGBT content with my audience for more than ten years - and taking viewers on globe-trotting adventures to learn about our community, our culture and, in turn, ourselves. It feels silly being honored for doing something that you love doing, but I'm grateful for everyone who has been a part of this journey."

Q.Digital CEO Scott Gatz said the awards program would not have been possible without the intense interest of GayCities readers in amazing worldwide destinations. "It's the contributions of GayCities members that have made GayCities into the number one LGBTQ site and mobile app to discover where to go and what to see all over the world," said Gatz. "So it's only fitting that our members picked such spectacular destinations for this year's winners."

For more information on the awards, please visit: https://www.gaycities.com/best-of-2017


Q.Digital is a fast-growing media company targeting the LGBTQ community. It operates GayCities, a location-based social network that helps people uncover the best of what's happening everywhere, Queerty, the entertainment site that's "Free of an agenda, except that gay one," and LGBTQNation, the world's most followed LGBTQ site with more than 1.8 million social media fans. Together, Q.Digital reaches over seven million consumers each month, making it a first stop for advertisers looking to reach a valuable, highly targeted audience.

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