Choose Qantas Airways as your Gay-Friendly Travel Partner

Los Angeles, 22 April 2004:

Enjoy an upcoming vacation to Sydney, Australia, a magical land on the radar with a thriving gay and lesbian community, near-perfect climate and spectacular entertainment calendar. Or visit Auckland, New Zealand's largest and friendliest gay and lesbian city that is built around a beautiful harbor offering cosmopolitan flair and diverse experiences.

Qantas Airways flies to both cities and is widely regarded as a leader in long distance international travel. Having earned its "wings" as a global leader serving its loyal gay and lesbian customers and staff, Qantas also maintains membership in the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association IGLTA).

"Demonstrating our commitment to making travel comfortable and convenient, Qantas is pleased to announce two new brochures that offer the latest tips on where to buy gay and lesbian travel packages for a vacation Down Under," said Howard Goldberg, vice president marketing and leisure sales, the Americas, Qantas Airways. "Travelers benefit from greater choices and access to quality services that are truly tailored to meet their needs," he added.

With more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other airline, gay and lesbian travelers wanting to discover the very best of Australia and New Zealand can now choose and rely on any of Qantas' partners, including Qantas Vacations, Above and Beyond Tours and Newmans South Pacific Vacations.

Qantas Vacations has been serving the needs of South Pacific vacationers since 1986 and remains specifically sensitive to the needs of the gay and lesbian community.

Specialized in sending travelers Down Under for over 12 years, Above and Beyond Travel is 100% gay-owned and operated, and sends the most North American gay travelers to Sydney's Annual Mardi Gras.

Newmans South Pacific Vacations offers a vast selection of customized independent travel arrangements to suit a wide variety of special interests.

While supplies last, travelers interested in obtaining Qantas gay-friendly travel partner brochures can mail a request to Qantas Airways, Lifestyle Marketing, 6080 Center Drive #400, Los Angeles, California 90045.

For 84 years, Qantas Airways has been the Spirit of Australia. In 2004, Qantas celebrates 50 years of continuous service between North America and Australia. Experience does make the difference.

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