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Celebrating a major anniversary?
IGLTA
If your business is marking a significant milestone this year, we want to hear about it. Our President/CEO John Tanzella will include anniversaries of members who are celebrating 15, 20, 25, 30 (etc.) years in business in his State of Association address at the 31st Annual Global Convention in Madrid, 8-10 May. Please send your information to our new intern, joseph.garcia@iglta.org.
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IGLTA at the NY Times Travel Show
IGLTA
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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LGBT networking at ITB Berlin
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Please RSVP for each event individually via the above links. See you in Berlin!
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    Small Business Spotlight
    IGLTA
    This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small business members from around the world: Alpine Adventures offers an exclusive portfolio of lodging properties from moderate to luxury so travelers can book a trip based on travel needs and budget; Minar Travels is an Indian destination management company with offices in all major cities of India and associates in neighboring countries like Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Judge deems Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
    CNN
    A federal judge in Virginia has struck down the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, according to court documents. "These laws deny plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution," U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen wrote in her opinion.
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    What Twitter can teach you about marketing — and no, you don't have to tweet
    By Marc Wayshak
    Jack Dorsey's brainchildren — Twitter and Square Reader — were both developed from "user narratives," descriptions that map out a user's day-to-day life and priorities. This simple but revolutionary idea challenges entrepreneurs to develop products that are designed to fill a specific need in a user's life. Similarly, marketing efforts can flourish when organizations understand their customers' backstories. Creating "customer narratives" will help you better tailor your marketing messages, improving how customers react to your efforts and ultimately increasing sales.
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    Uganda president to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill
    The Bilerico Project
    After years of twists and turns, Uganda's infamous "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" is about to become law, a government representative announced on Twitter. The bill, which imposes a lifetime prison sentence for the "crime" of "aggravated homosexuality," will be signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, according to NRM party spokeswoman Evelyn Anite.
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