Press Release NY Times Travel Show 2019

LGBTQ TOUR OPERATOR, ‘QUIIKY’, OFFERS UP TO 20% AND MORE IN COMMISSIONS TO TRAVEL AGENTS VISITING BOOTH AT NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL SHOW 2019 – With Italy Embracing Its Gay Heritage, ‘Quiiky’ Partners With Milan To Develop Dedicated Tours Celebrating LGBTQ Achievements

– San Francisco, Calif. (January 8, 2019) – As destinations around the world grow increasingly “open for business” to gay tourism, Quiiky Tours, the first Italian tour company to specialize in LGBTQ-themed tours to Italy, announced that it is offering a 10% discount to guests who visit their booth at the 2019 New York Times Travel Show. Quiiky will be displaying in Booth #122 at the show’s LGBTQ pavilion, which will feature suppliers catering to the gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, and straight travelers and their families. The annual travel show is being presented at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, January 25 – 27 2019.

The bonus discount is applicable to select Quiiky tours that include LGBTQ weddings and honeymoons, new tours that celebrate the life of Leonardo da Vinci, and the company’s unique “Call Me By Your Name” tour, which visits some of the iconic Italian settings featured in the Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama. Some restrictions may apply. For more information, visit

All For Love – and 10% Discount

Quiiky offers highly customizable wedding and honeymoon vacations, overseeing everything necessary for a picture-perfect experience in such romantic settings as Florence and Tuscany, among other locations. Visitors to Quiiky #122 booth at The New York Times Travel Show will be eligible for a 10% discount when they book a wedding or honeymoon package by March 31, 2019. All-inclusive packages include accommodations, transportation, catering, graphics, daily activities, and guided tours for couples and their guests. A wedding in Florence, for example, which can start as low as $17,018, is only $15,316 after the 10% discount, a saving of $1,700. Prices are based on current exchange rates and other restrictions may apply.

A towering figure in Renaissance history, Leonardo da Vinci is remembered for his extraordinary scientific, artistic, and architectural achievements, among many other triumphs. Visitors to the Quiiky booth are eligible for a 10% discount on select “Untold History Tours” of da Vinci that include “Genius Under a Gay Light,” “The Opera and the Drama Queen of Milan,” and “On Leonardo da Vinci’s Footsteps.” Tours range from three to six hours and must be booked by March 31, 2019 to qualify.

Visitors to the Quiiky booth will also receive 10% discount when they book the company’s popular 8-night “Call Me By Your Name” tour by February 28, 2019. This unique tour visits many of the memorable settings of the Oscar-winning drama about the romance between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant in Italy. After a 10% discount, prices start at just $2,045 per person, based on double occupancy, a saving of $227 off the $2,273 price. Prices include accommodations, breakfast daily, car rental for the driving portion of the itinerary, and guided tours of Milan, Crema, Garda Lake, Verona, Venice, and Bergamo. All prices are based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Other restrictions may apply. Log on to or call 1-415-757-3498 for more information.

“Italy continues to grow as a popular destination for LBGTQ tourism. In addition to its dramatic and picturesque settings, it offers an artistic and cultural legacy that features some of history’s most influential gay figures,” said Alessio Virgili, CEO at Sonders&Beach, parent company of Quiiky Tours. “Our tours bring their achievements to light in fascinating and exciting ways.”

In addition to being CEO of Sounders&Beach, Alessio Virgili is founder and president of the Italian Association for Gay and Lesbian Tourism (AITGL), an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ tourism. He is also an ambassador for the International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (IGLTA). The IGLTA is partnering with the city of Milan, the Italian Tourism Board (ENIT) and the U.S. General Consulate of Milan to bring the IGLTA Global Convention on LGBTQ Tourism to Milan in 2020.

About Quiiky Tours

QUIIKY is a subsidiary of Sonders&Beach, a global network of brands in the travel and hospitality industry with offices in the U.S. and Italy and more than 100 employees worldwide. The first Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian tourism, Quiiky provides comprehensive, 24-hour service and superior customer support by drawing upon their extensive network of gay-friendly hotels, vendors, knowledgeable tour guides, and relationships with many of the local LGBTQ communities. This ensures that all of Quiiky guests experience a vacation in an environment that fully respects diversity and with a company that fully understands their needs and concerns. Quiiky Tours also specializes in LGBTQ honeymoons, as well as short, gay-friendly tours that tell the “untold history” of cities like Rome, Florence and Naples, and historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi. Quiiky is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (IGLTA), Visit USA Association, and ECPAT. Quiiky CEO Alessio Virgili is also founder and president of the Italian Association of Gay and Lesbian Tourism (AITGL). Sounders&Beach is the first Italian tourism company to support and adopt the United Nations’ LGBTI Standards of Conduct for business. For more information, call 1-(415) 757-3498 or visit or

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Mario Almonte

Herman & Almonte PR

212-616-1190, ext. 188

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