IGLTA-UNWTO report on LGBT tourism published
The United Nations World Tourism Organization unveiled its first report on LGBT tourism on 19 January during FITUR, Spain's leading international tourism trade fair. Created in partnership with IGLTA, the 40-page "Global Report on LGBT Tourism" includes case studies and commentaries documenting the economic and social impact of LGBT travel. In November 2011, IGLTA became the first gay organization accepted as an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO. This project underscores the increased demand among destinations for information on the LGBT market. The report includes articles on global tourism from the UNWTO and IGLTA as well as contributions from IGLTA members, such as Tourism Spain, Embratur (Brazil), South African Tourism, Cape Town Tourism, Argentina's National Institute of Tourism, Tourism Montreal, NYC & Co., Witeck Communications, Sweet, and American Airlines. IGLTA's ambassadors to South Korea and India also provided commentary. To purchase copies of the report, click here.
Call for IGLTA Honors nominations
The IGLTA Board has a longstanding tradition of recognizing members of the association for outstanding contributions to LGBT travel. These are individuals and businesses who help provide unique, creative and safe travel experiences for our community. We will present our IGLTA Honors at the 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April, and we welcome feedback from our members! Please submit nominees and a description of why they are deserving (100 words or less) by 31 January for these categories: Innovator (created a campaign or business model that invigorated LGBT tourism); Community (a leader who made a difference in LGBT travel on a local level); Networking (an event that inspires LGBT business connections); Corporate Partner (a business that has proven to be a true ally of IGLTA); and Pioneer (groundbreaking work in LGBT travel, often philanthropic). Send your nominations to Emilio@iglta.org.
Registration prices set to increase
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention is the world's premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry. Join us in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April for our 29th conference — our first in South America. This year's educational programming will showcase ways to tap into the incredible growth of South America's LGBT market while also providing key information for expanding your LGBT business globally. Prices are set to increase, so click here to register today.
Pre- and post-FAM trips
Take advantage of our pre- and post-convention FAM trips to explore more destinations in South America. Programs are available for: Santiago, Chile; Machu Picchu, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Pernambuco, and Florianopolis, Brazil. For more information, click here.
Brochure distribution available at ITB Berlin
Space is nearly sold out! 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. Booth Share spaces in the IGLTA stand are sold out, however a limited number of Brochure Distribution opportunities are still available to IGLTA members. Register today and get ready to be a part of the world's largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.
Washington to become 7th US state to legalize gay marriage
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Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen says she will support the measure, becoming the 25th vote needed to pass the bill out of the Senate. The House already has enough support, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has endorsed the plan. More
Report: Gay marriage in Washington would boost economy by $88 million
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Extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in Washington state could lead to an $88 million boost to the state's economy over the first three years, according to a report by the Williams Institute at UCLA. More
Finland: Gay candidate in run-off election for president
Pekka Haavisto lives in a registered partnership with his partner, who is of Ecuadorian origin. The two men already have shown up together at several official events. More
Priceline set to kill Off William Shatner's 'Negotiator' character
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"Star Trek" fans may not be pleased. Priceline said it is killing off William Shatner's Negotiator character in its advertising. The character will die coming to the rescue of a family that is teetering on the edge of a bridge. More
10 ways to preserve your frequent-flier miles — without flying or using an airline credit card
George Hobica writes, "A couple of years ago, I got a nasty surprise: my hard-earned JetBlue miles had 'expired' due to 'inactivity' in my account. It happens to thousands of people every year, usually with no warning. Keeping track of the airlines' policies concerning the expiration of frequent-flier miles is a full time job. And while Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines miles don't expire for now (that is, unless the member expires first), most airlines will wipe out your account if it's inactive for 12 to 18 months." More
DOT: Airline consumer protection rules set to kick in this week
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The U.S. Department of Transportation said starting this week airlines and anyone who sells airline tickets, including travel agents, must now include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares and disclose baggage fees to consumers buying tickets. In addition, all airline tickets are now essentially refundable for 24 hours after consumer book them, unless the flight is departing in less than a week. More
The American way: Free booze is back (on most overseas flights)!
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In a move that is sure to be toasted by international passengers (especially those who like to fly toasted), American Airlines will begin serving free beer and wine in all classes on flights between the United States and Europe, Asia and select destinations in Latin America. More
A defining moment in cruise history
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"The Costa Concordia accident is a defining moment in the history of the modern cruise industry." That's the message from Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, who posted it last weekend on his blog on Royal Caribbean's social media website, answeritroyally.com. More
Maryland governor introduces same-sex marriage bill
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Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced legislation Monday night to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, presenting a bill to the General Assembly that aides said would offer broad protections for groups that would not want to perform or honor same-sex marriages. More