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Registration available for ITB Berlin
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IGLTA's pavilion at ITB Berlin, 9-13 March, will be the largest in the association's history. Don't miss the chance to showcase your business in our highly visible stand at the world's largest travel industry trade fair. Booth share and brochure distribution opportunities are available, with great pricing for small and large member businesses. Click here to view the registration form. For more information, please contact Clark Massad at clark@iglta.org.



A fond farewell to IGLTA's Richard Brower
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After nearly four years with the association, Richard Brower, our strategic development and marketing manager, is leaving for a new position as director of LGBT and ethnic marketing for Harrah's New Orleans. "I have absolutely loved working with IGLTA from a marketing perspective," Brower says. "I've met some amazing people and had the distinct pleasure of helping tourism businesses really understand and reach the LGBT market. I am so excited to take the experience from IGLTA and move forward to help one of our strong members (and corporate partners) succeed in this arena. I wish IGLTA and all of its members the best of luck." His last day is 27 January. We'll miss you, Richard!

Will Nepal be 2011's gay travel hot spot?
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Nepal may just position itself as this year's travel hot spot, and not just because of its crazy 157-day hike on the Great Himalaya Trail that starts in February. It is vying to be a vacation destination for gay couples. The country gave it a go in 2009 and... More



IGLTA member discount extended: Promote your travel business to global media
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From now through 31 January, IGLTA members can send press releases through TravelOutNewsWire for $120 each, a 50 percent savings off the regular association rate. TravelOutNewsWire, the newly launched news release distribution service from IGLTA, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association and Witeck-Combs Communications, now reaches more than 230 media outlets, freelance writers and bloggers in 20-plus countries. When you send a release about your business through TONW, you're reaching journalists who have opted in specifically to receive LGBT travel news. Your release also will be featured via a post to the IGLTA Facebook page and Twitter feed, reaching an additional 3,000 gay travel fans. To take advantage of this special offer, please e-mail members@traveloutnewswire.org.

IGLTA introduces UK-North ambassador
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Welcome to our new ambassador for the UK-North, Stirland Martin, who will assist our membership and its growth in Scotland and northern England. Stirland is the managing director of Tying the Knot Scotland, a civil partnership and destination travel consultancy based in Edinburgh. His travel industry background includes the Virgin Atlantic corporate market and digital advertising. He moved from his native USA five years ago to plan his own civil partnership in Scotland, which provided the impetus to launch Tying the Knot Scotland in 2010. IGLTA currently is recruiting for an ambassador to represent the UK-South region, which includes London. You may contact Stirland at UKNorth@iglta.org.

Convention discount extended through January
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Join hundreds of tourism industry leaders who will be on hand to network, educate and learn how to take their business to new levels at IGLTA's 28th Annual Global Convention 10-15 May. www.igltaconvention.org is buzzing with airline discounts from Alaska, Continental, Delta, American Airlines and United as well as the international SkyTeam Alliance. Check out pictures of the beautiful Hilton Marina, our host hotel. Hurry and register today. Prices go up 31 January.

Mapping the gay & lesbian world
Finding art, culture, history and adventure in the places you visit. Our destination pages help you figure out where to eat, sleep, meet and celebrate. We've got photos, travel stories and downloadable maps. We've been mapping the gay world for 25 years. MORE


Israel sees tourism upsurge
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An estimated 3.45 million tourists visited Israel in 2010, according to a preliminary report. The number of visitors to Israel in 2010 is 14% higher compared to the last record of 3 million tourists in 2008. About one-fifth of the tourists... More

Member benefits
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Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members:

Skipping the line at Customs: Global Entry kiosks let fliers zip through passport checks when coming home
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These days, you don't have to be rich and famous to get the VIP treatment and zip through some of the nation's busiest airport customs checkpoints. International frequent fliers are hailing a program called Global Entry, a "trusted traveler"... More

     
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Upcoming Symposia/
FAM Trips

7-11 March, 2011
Gold Coast, Australia

23-28 February, 2011
Yucatan, Mexico


Ongoing Member Specials

Avis Car Rental
Special rate with IGLTA AWD# B450300

The GEM Hotel
New York

15 percent off

Hyatt Hotels
10 percent off with Corporate ID CR05661

Kimpton Hotels
10 percent off with
Rate Code GLT

Millennium Hotels
15 percent off
with this link

Also, don't forget to use IGLTA's Business ExtrAA number, 751626, when flying on American Airlines.

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