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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the IGLTA eNewsletter with Part 2 of our look at the most accessed articles from 2011. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, 11 January.

Industry News

PATA reaffirms Japan is safe for tourists
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From 21 July, 2011:The Pacific Asia Travel Association said that after assessing the situation in Japan, it reaffirms that the vast majority of the country is safe to visit. More



Car rental companies add 'no smoking' signs
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From 9 March, 2011: Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has announced that it would ban smoking for travelers renting cars at all United States Dollar and Thrifty corporate-owned locations and participating franchise locations. More

Expo Gay Turismo at NoFrills
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From 10 August, 2011: The 11th edition of NoFrills (23-24 September in Bergamo, Italy) will include the Gay Tourism Expo, dedicated to the LGBT market. This information was announced recently at a press conference in Rome. "The Italian tourism is an important key to our target," said Clark Massad, an IGLTA ambassador. More

Bucket List travel blog locks in on people, experiences
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From 10 August, 2011: Recently, Princess Cruises reached the halfway point of it's travel blog "50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List" with a post by Commodore Giuseppe Romano, senior captain of the Princess fleet. More

Japan crisis dampens its aviation market
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From 23 March, 2011: The crisis that Japan currently is facing has caused a major blow to the country's $62.5 billion aviation market, which makes up for 10% of global airline industry revenues. More

Travel: Reykjavík
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From 17 August, 2011: Iceland has been in the wars recently. Only now starting to slowly recover from the collapse of its banking sector in 2008 and the devastating effects on the national economy, the people of this island nation should, in theory, be wallowing in perpetual misery. However, the resilient optimism of Icelanders is only one of many reasons why LGBT travelers should pay a visit to the "land of ice and fire." More



Travel Guard survey finds more travelers planning fall trips
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From 7 September, 2011: An overwhelming number of travelers are planning major trips this fall thanks to seasonal deals and fewer crowds at major destinations. More

South Korea wins 2018 Winter Olympics bid
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From 13 July, 2011: The International Olympic Committee in Durban, South Africa, has announced that Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the host for the 2018 Winter Olympics. More

Staying fit on the road: 5 things you need to know
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From 9 March, 2011: Year after year, staying fit and losing weight are two of the most common New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, research shows that somewhere around 75 percent of people abandon their resolutions by 14 January. For frequent travelers, keeping in shape on the road can be especially tough. More

Natural disaster? Call a travel agent!
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From 31 August, 2011: What a week for the East Coast. First there was the earthquake, and then Hurricane Irene. Why do many people only discover or understand the importance of travel agents when a natural disaster occurs? More

Alamo City promotes gay-friendly travel to snag Pee Wee, Emeril, Top Chef
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From 17 August, 2011: Thanks, in part, to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau actively promoting the Alamo City as a gay-friendly travel destination, the Emmy winning television program "Top Chef," will be broadcasting shows filmed there soon. More

ASTA study finds travel agents optimistic about stronger profits
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From 14 September, 2011: According to a new survey released by the American Society of Travel Agents, ASTA travel agent members expect to see stronger profits in 2011 and 2012, on par with 2008 profit levels. More


IGLTA News


Brochure Distribution available at ITB Berlin
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Join IGLTA in the 170m² Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin and be a part of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries come together at ITB every March to do business in Berlin. IGLTA is proud to offer Booth Sharing and Brochure Distribution opportunities to its members. Booth share partners will receive entrance passes and daily catered lunch for up to two people plus access to the exclusive private cafe area in the center of the Gay Pavilion for conducting business meetings. Space is nearly full, so register today and get ready to be a part of the world's largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.

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TAM Airfare discounts now available
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Are you attending the upcoming IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Brazil? Be sure to take advantage of our special airfare rates for convention attendees. We currently offer discounted rates with Delta Air Lines, AeroMexico, TAM Airlines, SkyTeam Alliance and American Airlines. More coming soon. For more details, click here.

Member benefits
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Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members:
  • FITUR: 18-22 January in Madrid, Spain. The 32nd edition of Spain's largest travel & tourism fair will debut its first dedicated LGBT section.
  • MAP Salon: 15-18 March in Paris, France. Mondial du Tourisme welcomes more than 100,000 visitors. Maximize your exposure to the French market and sign up today.
  • ITB Berlin: 7-11 March in Berlin, Germany. The world's largest trade show and convention for travel professionals.
 



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