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IGLTA at The New York Times Travel Show
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Planning to attend The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 2-4 March? Please visit IGLTA at booth No. 549. Media Relations Manager LoAnn Halden is participating in a specialty trade panel "Marketing Opportunities for Growth" at 10 a.m., 2 March. She joins IGLTA board member Ed Salvato of OutThinkPartners, Andre Rojer from the Curacao Tourist Board, freelance journalist Mike Luongo, and Rhino Africa's David Ryan for a consumer panel on LGBT travel at 4 p.m., 3 March. The first 100 people to register with the code IGLTANY will receive free admission for the consumer days, 3-4 March. Click here for tickets.



Call for silent auction items
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We have begun to accept donations for our popular silent auction, which will take place online during the Annual Global Convention, 12-14 April in Florianopolis, Brazil. Each donor will be listed on our website with their company logo next to the auction item to increase interest ahead of the convention. This is a great opportunity for members to get more exposure and visibility. We encourage all members to donate what they can to help make this year's convention a success. For information and to donate, please complete the Auction Donation form.

Advertise in our 2012 Conference Program
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Did you know that LGBT travel is a multibillion dollar industry? Advertising in the 2012 convention program is a great way to increase your visibility to one of the fastest growing travel segments. Target more than 300 travel professionals all at once! Ad space is limited, so book your space today. Click here to view options and pricing.

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Up to 64% off airfare to Brazil
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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. Discounts are available from North America, Europe and within Latin America. For more details, click here.

Attention IGLTA suppliers
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Following our 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, we are co-hosting a Brazilian buyer event in Sao Paolo, from 12-3 p.m., 16 April. This is an additional opportunity for convention attendees to directly network with outbound Brazilian tour operators/travel agents and media. This supplier/buyer marketplace is produced in conjunction with ABRAT GLS, Brazil's national gay chamber. Brochure distribution is also available for businesses unable to attend. For details, CLICK HERE.


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US travel agency air ticket sales increase 10.7% in January
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ARC said that U.S. travel agency ticket sales increased 10.7% in January 2012 compared to January 2011, and 22.3% over the same period in 2010. January 2012 ticket sales totaled $7.3 billion, compared to $6.6 billion in 2011 and $5.9 billion in 2010. More

Gay tourism a growth opportunity for Irish economy
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Ireland can become one of the top destinations for a gaycation. Think of a tourism market segment that would respond positively to a marketing campaign that sent out the message that we are gay friendly in Ireland. More



Airline allows passengers to pick seatmates based on social profiles
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is no stranger to ambitious social media campaigns. It has won headlines and accolades for its "Fly2Miami" and "KLM Live Reply" promotions. Recently, the airline did it again, introducing a social media service called "Meet & Seat," which enables passengers to pick their seatmates based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. More

Washington gay marriage law could be boon for state's wedding, tourism industries
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The Williams Institute, a UCLA think tank that specializes in sexual-orientation and gender-identity law, estimates that more than 9,000 same-sex couples who already live in Washington will marry in the first three years following the bill's enactment. This could inject $88 million into the economy, the institute says. More



India's royal supergay: Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
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Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols write, "When we first researched the idea for Out & Around: Stories of a Not-So-Straight Journey, we googled 'gay around the world' and came up with a video clip of Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil speaking on Oprah in 2007 about gay life in India. We found Singh Gohil's story so compelling that we built our entire project around trying to meet supergays like him to inspire others. So we were thrilled when we had a chance to meet him while he vacationed in Udaipur, India." More

In Nice, Hotel Le Meridien gives equal rights to gay couples
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An agreement was signed in Nice, France, between the management of the hotel Le Meridien and the unions. They had asked that equal rights of be given to married gay couples that already exist for married straight couples. More

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Cape Town chases gay tourist dollars
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Perfectly sculpted bodies lie poolside at The Glen, a guesthouse that's the first listing on the Pink Map to Cape Town, handed out at the airport for the 225,000 gay tourists who visit every year. More

India sees growth of gay tourism
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For long homosexuality has long been a hidden, and even illegal, aspect of Indian life. But after a Delhi High Court decriminalized same-sex intercourse in 2009, sensitivity toward gay people and bisexuals is growing in major cities. More

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Gay tourism in Argentina
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As Latin America's first country to legalize gay marriage, Argentina is becoming a popular tourist destination for lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual travelers. Buenos Aires, in particular, has plenty on offer to attract visitors who want to let their hair down in an environment where they feel welcome and accepted. More

US ambassador to China announces plan to speed visa processing
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Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China, has announced efforts to increase the number of visas processed, reduce wait times and a pilot program to waive interviews for some non-immigrant applicants in the People's Republic of China. More

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its Singapore debut
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Boeing will showcase its 787 Dreamliner at the 2012 Singapore Airshow, which runs from 14-19 February. The aircraft's Singapore debut is part of a formidable lineup of Boeing commercial and defense products. More

IHG to create 400,000 new jobs
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InterContinental Hotel Group's business expansion is set to create up to 400,000 new jobs in the next four years, according to a report by Taleo Talent Mobility. More

27 romantic hotel suites across the world
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Whether you're planning a romantic getaway or simply wishing you had someone to "share the love" with, we guarantee you'll love this glimpse into some of the world's most romantic hotel suites. More

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