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LAN Airlines launches gay travel website

LANWebsite.jpgSouth America-based LAN Airlines has launched a website dedicated specifically to gay and lesbian travelers. According to a company press release, the new site, found at, showcases the diversity found throughout South America, and is a one stop and shop resource for LGBT travel to South America.

The site features information and resources for the prospective traveler to South America, including detailed descriptions of key South American destinations and recent LGBT-related news pertaining to countries throughout South America, as well as events and activities of interest to gay travelers to South America such as trips from leading LGBT tour operators.

“LAN is proud to be a supporter of the gay and lesbian community and is honored to be recognized as a valued partner,” said Katitiza Mandakovic, Leisure Director, LAN Airlines North America. “We pride ourselves on being South America’s premier airline and the best choice for LGBT travelers to the region. Our new LGBT travel site is a way to create an even better travel experience for gay and lesbian travelers and our hope is that more people will be able to discover the many wonders found only in South America.”

For a limited time, LAN is offering a save $50 on a flight purchase on when you sign up to receive it’s diversity newsletter.

LAN has been a major supporter of the LGBT community for a number of years. In 2009, LAN became the first Latin American airline to develop an advertising campaign specifically targeting the LGBT community. The campaign highlighted the importance of diversity and showcased South America’s diversity.

In 2010, LAN was nominated “Best Airline” in LOGO’s TripOut Gay Travel Awards and “Favorite International Airline” in 2011 by Edge Publications, a network of local LGBT news portals and Metro Weekly content partner.

LAN was recently a lead sponsor of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner held in Washington, D.C., and is a Gold-level Global Partner with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

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