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Bylaws revision passed
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To streamline the board nomination process, the IGLTA board voted on a small bylaws change that permits earlier selection of new board members. This change was put to a vote of the general membership and passed with more than 90 percent of voters supporting the revision. The amendment allows the Board Nomination Committee to present its slate of proposed board members for a board vote prior to the board meeting that occurs in conjunction with the Annual Global Convention. This will enable newly appointed board members to observe the last half-day of the in-person meeting that occurs in conjunction with the convention. This was previously not possible because notification occurred after the convention began. Here are the updated bylaws.
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IGLTA at the NY Times Travel Show
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Please help us make a splash for LGBT travel at the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Feb. 28-March 2. IGLTA is hosting the Focus on LGBT travel trade session from 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 28. Register here for trade day. There will also be a consumer panel dedicated to LGBT travel at noon March 1 moderated by IGLTA board treasurer Ed Salvato. We have 100 free tickets available for the consumer days, March 1-2. Register with this special link or use the code IGLTANY. And come visit us at booth No. 952 in the exhibit hall where we'll be giving away a two-night stay at Miami Beach's new straight-friendly property, Hotel Gaythering!
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Meet your board member: Marcelo C. Costa
IGLTA
I work for Delta Air Lines as Regional Sales Manager for Cone South and Employee Engagement for Latin America and the Caribbean. These two new positions give me great exposure to Latin America and Caribbean travel agencies, corporations and government offices. Being a part of the IGLTA board is one of the most important goals I achieved last year, as Delta is a Gold Global Partner of the association.
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    Welcome new IGLTA members
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    Please join us in welcoming the businesses that joined IGLTA in January: Scandinavian Perspectives, HEALTHPLANS123, Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB, TRULLI & DIMORE Holiday Rentals, Jasper Pride Festival Society, Villa Being, Corporate Coaches Inc., China Star Ltd, Shunkoin Temple, Capri On Board, Same Love Holidays, Zenith Travel, Princess D'An Nam Resorts & Spa, Gay Ambition Blog, Manhattan Club, Miramar Hotel by Windsor, River Dolphin Hotel, Best In Spain, Turismo Santiago Chueco
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    Small Business Spotlight
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    This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small business members from around the world: Artisans of Leisure is a leading travel company specializing in exclusive, customized private tours around the world; Wild Rainbow African Safaris LLC is s a boutique adventure travel company specializing in bespoke safaris to sub-Saharan Africa; Umaid Bhawan Hotel is a modern heritage hotel with a budget hotel tariff providing world class Rajasthani style accommodation in Jaipur, India.
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    Join the travel conversation
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    IGLTA recently passed the 15,000 milestone on Facebook. Like us and connect with LGBT travelers on our page today!
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    Join us at Winter Pride UK
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    IGLTA is a proud event partner of Winter Pride UK this year. Thanks to the support of Smirnoff, and for one night only, London's Tobacco Dock will see music, dance, culture, art, games, dance and performers, plus some of the U.K.'s best LGBT club brands all come together underneath one roof. Not only that, celebrities, press and supporters will be visiting Tobacco Dock's New Garden of Eden for the Winter Pride UK Awards and Art Award ceremony. Click here for more information and tickets.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    UKinbound appoints Deirdre Wells OBE as chief executive
    Travel Weekly
    Deirdre Wells, the U.K. government's head of tourism in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, is taking over as chief executive of UKinbound.
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    Peter De Wilde is the new president of the European Travel Commission
    Mercado e Eventos via Google Translate
    In a meeting held in Brussels, Peter De Wilde was elected as president of the European Travel Commission for a term of three years. The appointment of Wilde happens after the unexpected resignation of Manuel Butler.
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    Adventure travel vs. mobility issues
    By Shebby Lee
    Every time you open a trade magazine these days, there is an article or three about adventure travel. What does that say about this segment of our industry? Yes, baby boomers who have been more independent and active throughout their lives than the previous generation are retiring and traveling in ever greater numbers. And yes, suppliers are responding to their needs with such things as adventure travel options. Yet there is a strange disconnect surrounding the trend.
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    Scotland's same-sex marriage bill is passed
    BBC News
    A bill which allows same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.
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    Experts: The hotel minibar may soon be extinct
    Los Angeles Times
    Is it time to say goodbye to the hotel minibar? A recent survey by the travel website TripAdvisor.com found that the hotel minibar was the least important amenity for U.S. travelers. Only 21 percent of travelers ranked the mini-bar as an important amenity, compared to 89 percent who called free in-room wireless Internet the most important.
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    Abu Dhabi airport showing fast growth
    By Matt Falcus
    Abu Dhabi International Airport is seeing the results of investment as traffic growth has come in at over 12 percent in the previous year, and passenger numbers are up almost 10 percent in the last month. November's figures saw 1.33 million passengers use the airport, and almost 12,000 aircraft movements. This boost reinforces the airport's position within the busy Middle East against nearby competitors at Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain. Aside from these official figures, a number of positive news stories have emerged from Abu Dhabi over the past couple of weeks.
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