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Congratulations to IGLTA's 2012 award recipients
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The Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award: Gregg Kaminsky, R Family Vacations, for his innovation in developing a successful tourism product for LGBT families

The Chair Award: Javier Blanco, Director, UNWTO Affiliate Members, for bringing LGBT travel to the forefront of discussion among the United Nations World Tourism Organization membership

Community (based in the IGLTA convention host city/country): Andre Fischer, MiX Brasil, for his longstanding contributions to building queer visibility in Brazil through media

Pioneer: Russell Lord of Tel Aviv-based Kenes Tours, for more than 20 years of LGBT travel consulting in the Middle East

Travel Writer: Michael Luongo, for his years of quality travel journalism, gay and straight, with a focus on the Middle East and Latin America

The awards will be presented at the Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April. For more information, visit www.igltaconvention.org.





Will you be at ITB Berlin?
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The IGLTA stand in the Gay Pavilion at the ITB Berlin trade fair (7-11 March) will again be the cornerstone of LGBT networking. Hosting more than two dozen booth share and brochure distribution partners, it's a one-stop shopping destination for the latest information on LGBT offers worldwide. IGLTA networking events also are planned throughout the week:
  • A "Champagne & Canapés" lunchtime reception in the Chic Outlet Shopping® stand on 8 March, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. (Hall 18, Stand 125). Space is limited; please RSVP.
  • Presentation of the UNWTO "Global Report on LGBT Tourism" on 8 March at 5 p.m. followed by a cocktail reception hosted by Embratur/Santur to promote the IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis this April (both events in the Gay Pavilion).
  • The annual IGLTA Member Networking Reception at the Axel Hotel on 9 March at 9 p.m. Please RSVP.


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Delegate Handbook
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Attending IGLTA's 29th Annual Global Convention in Brazil? Take a moment to download the Delegate Handbook now — packed full of information. Click here to download your copy today.

Call for online auction items
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We are accepting donations for our popular online auction, which will take place 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.

Vote now for your 2012 Board of Directors
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Voting is now open for this year's four available positions, serving a two-year term. Voting will close on 13 April at noon in Florianopolis (3 p.m. GMT). To cast your vote, click here. You will be prompted to log in, if you are not already.

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ITB Berlin: Gay and lesbian travel section is booming
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ITB Berlin reports growing interest in the gay and lesbian Travel section. Thus at this year's event more than a dozen exhibitors will be presenting the latest trends and products in this market on a record display area covering 200 square meters in Hall 2.1a. In 2012, in addition to the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, which with its rainbow-colored columns will form the central part of the pavilion, there also will be numerous new exhibitors at the show. More

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Russian city passes bill effectively banning gay pride parades; activists call for tourism boycott
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St. Petersburg, Russia's anti-gay propaganda bill has passed its third and final reading in the city legislature and now heads to Gov. Georgiy Poltavchenko, who has 14 days to sign the bill into effect, or send it back to be "reworked." Under the bill, individuals could be fined up to $16,000 and legal entities would have to pay $160,000 for promoting "homosexuality, pedophilia, or transgenderism to minors," and nearly all public pro-LGBT events likely would have to be curtailed or canceled to avoid the penalty. More




GALTA hosts Mardi Gras cocktails
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Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia in conjunction with the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association hosted a Mardi Gras reception at the Observatory Hotel Sydney. More

North Dakota cities angling for gay tourism boost
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The Visitor's Bureau in the Fargo-Moorhead area wants more gay travelers in town. The bureau is hoping to promote the two cities as a gay- and lesbian-friendly destination, according to the Dickenson Press. Though the plan is still in its early stages, the bureau hopes to tap into the $70 billion market generated by the gay community. More

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Global aviation accident rate hit new low in 2011
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The International Air Transport Association said that the 2011 accident rate for Western-built jets was the lowest in aviation history, surpassing the previous mark set in 2010. The 2011 global accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.37, the equivalent of one accident every 2.7 million flights. More

The world's geekiest travel destinations
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In this age of technology, who doesn't like some cute computer nerds or quirky tech support geeks? Businessmen, brilliant thinkers, entrepreneurs — there is something so appealing about a guy or gal who can work their way around the Web, classroom or boardroom. More

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13th International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism
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More than 30 speakers! The tourism industry's premiere marketing, sales, public relations and research forum to help you reach LGBT travelers. More

Japan reports tourism recovery 1 year after devastating tsunami
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According to Yuki Yamagishi, the director of New York's Japan National Tourism Organization office, "Japanese tourism, though still off by 5 to 10 percent, has greatly recovered" from the straits it was in last year in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011. More




Argentina: Celebrating life, history, beauty and LGBT friendliness
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Joey Amato writes, "When I first received an invitation to visit Argentina, I really didn't know what to expect. It seemingly always has been overshadowed in the media by neighboring Brazil, so I really had to do my research to see exactly what I was going to experience. After about an hour of scavenging through Google, I realized that I needed to accept the invitation." More

Business class on a budget
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Whether you travel for business or pleasure, being treated like a VIP is a prime way to see the world. To make this type of travel possible on a budget, you'll need a strategy to get upgrades or book your upgraded arrangements for less. Loyalty programs, earning miles on your credit card, due diligence Web searching, and good old charm are all tools to get you to that goal of traveling in style. More

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ASTA chooses Dubai for 2013 International Destination Expo
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ASTA has chosen Dubai as the site for its eighth annual International Destination Expo, 3-7 April 2013. The event will include destination training that teaches agents how to sell the destination and allows them to make personal connections with local suppliers. Agents return home with ASTA Destination Specialist certification. More

Best new travel gear
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The world's largest exhibition of travel products the 2012 Travel Goods Show is taking place this week in Las Vegas. Thanks to insider info, Fodor's has rounded up a sneak preview of some of the coolest travel products set to take center stage. The following are eight favorite picks. More

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Gay hotel, THE OUT NYC, open for business in New York City
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On a recent afternoon, construction was brisk and the excitement was palpable at 510 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, the site of THE OUT NYC, a sleek, three-story structure with a glass façade that its creators say will be the first gay hotel in New York City. More

The travels of a guru
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Nick Vivion was chosen from thousands of applicants as the first-ever Gay Travel Guru. During his six-month reign he ventured to the hottest gay and lesbian tourist destinations in North America — blogging, filming and using social media to show where to spend your valuable LGBT dollar. More

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How to protect luggage from bed bugs
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It is important to protect your luggage from bed bugs so that you do not transport the bugs home with you. More

New Zealand TranzAlpine scenic rail experience
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Matt Long writes, "I recently wrote about four travel styles that are so iconic that everyone should really try them at least once. High on that list for me personally was an epic train ride, which I finally experienced in New Zealand when I boarded the famous TranzAlpine scenic rail for the stunning trip through the Southern Alps." More

Celebrate with Splendor at Kapalua

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The world's tiniest hotel rooms
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Need space? Then you might want to think twice before bedding down in any of these cubbyholes. But still, while the world's tiniest hotel rooms average just 74 square feet, they are in turns quirky, cute, cool and even luxurious. More

Where do travel agents go on holiday?
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Workers in the travel industry, including cabin crew and travel agents, are most likely to jet off to the Caribbean in search of sun. This is according to a study by Virgin Atlantic of UK workers' holiday habits. More

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