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Overwhelming success for IGLTA at ITB
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Since 2009, IGLTA has been recognized as the cornerstone of the Gay Pavilion at the ITB Berlin travel trade fair — and the 2012 edition was the most successful yet. The official numbers are in: More than 113,000 trade visitors and nearly 60,000 consumers braved the crowds in the 26-hall Messe Berlin Convention Center, visiting 10,644 exhibitors from 187 countries. In the IGLTA stand, more than two-dozen booth share and brochure distribution partners represented nearly 20 countries, including emerging markets like India and Poland. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit paid an official visit to IGLTA on the opening day. The IGLTA stand was ranked 13th among NGO/Non-Profits by the Cologne Business School for their annual ITB "Best Exhibitor Award," while sister stand Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion/Argentina Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was ranked ninth. Visit the CBS website to see all categories, and check out the photos from ITB on Facebook.




Convention registration prices to increase Friday!
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If you have been waiting to register, note that registration prices increase this Friday, 23 March. Register today and save! 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.

IGLTA welcomes new media partners
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U.K.-based Out There is a 200-page coffee-table book of homoculture, style and travel targeted specifically at the luxury end of the gay market; it's distributed in 20 countries worldwide via newsstand, subscription, in-hotel-room, inflight and through professional LGBT networks. Guidemag.com, part of the Canada's long-running Pink Triangle Press, offers Web visitors up-to-date listings, photos and maps to ensure a one-stop experience for gay tourists seeking lodgings, bars and clubs, restaurants and cafes, shopping and services.

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IGLTA takes the main stage at BoBI
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IGLTA European Ambassador Clark Massad presented a seminar on reaching the international LGBT tourism market at the recent Best of Britain & Ireland show in Birmingham, England. This was the first year of IGLTA participation in BoBI, recognized as an essential industry showcase with unrivaled business opportunities for more than 300 exhibitors and upwards of 3,000 trade visitors from the domestic and overseas markets. Massad also gave seminar attendees a sneak peek at the new IGLTA consumer-centric website launching in April at the Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, highlighting the increased capacities for IGLTA members to market directly to LGBT consumers worldwide. Response was very positive and discussion continued long after the presentation. Several IGLTA members and global partners exhibited at the event including the European Tour Operators Association, plus hotel groups Accor, Hilton, Marriott, Millennium and Radisson Blu Hotels. IGLTA member made hosted the evening's festivities.

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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Brazil named Latin America's fastest-growing tourist destination
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Brazil's travel and tourism economy is the fastest-growing in Latin America in terms of gross domestic product, forecast to grow by 7.8 percent in 2012, according to data from the World Travel & Tourism Council. More




European Parliament adopts advance for LGBT rights
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Marriage, succession rights: Two resolutions that were voted last week in Europe's Parliament contained strong commitments for the protection and equality of LGBT people. More

Orlando announces 2018 Gay Games bid, LGBT tourism campaign
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The city of Orlando, Fla., became the first U.S. city to announce it would enter the competition to host the 2018 Gay Games, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The Olympic-style sporting event will return to the United States in 2014 with Cleveland serving as the host city. More

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ITB Berlin: The outlook for travel
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With 26 multistoried exhibition halls, Berlin's ITB is no longer large enough to accommodate all exhibitors, so Messe Berlin will add a 27th hall in 2014 with enough room for another 1,000 exhibitors. More

Cape Town: The new El Dorado of gay tourism
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The "pink card" of gay places is distributed to arrivals at the airport: Cape Town officially plays the card of gay tourism, on a continent where the subject is taboo. More




The Gay Games in Paris in 2018?
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And if after Cleveland in 2014, Paris will be the next city to welcome the sporting event and worldwide LGBT culture. The French capital is in any case the official candidate for the Gay Games. More

Mexico again most visited country for US travelers
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Mexico remained the most visited country in the world for U.S.-originating travelers in 2011, being the destination for a third of the 58 million Americans who traveled outside the country last year, according to Commerce Department data. More

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11 new hotel wonders
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If the best architecture aims at eternity, to paraphrase famed English architect Christopher Wren, then these new hotels are bound to be immortal. The 11 hotels on this list all opened within the last four years, and each is an example of awe-inspiring design in its own right. More

Top 10 castle hotels worldwide
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When it comes to castles, their histories are, quite literally, the stuff of legends. And although they were once the domain of the most elite in the land, many have now been taken over by canny developers and restored for the pleasure of mere mortals. More
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How one hotel became a zero-waste facility
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When John Ford, manager of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, watched a garbage truck dump garbage from the hotel into the landfill last fall, he was surprised by the amount of food waste and recyclable materials. He had thought his hotel was doing a great job with its environmental and recycling efforts, but realized he was mistaken. More

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Including more in all-inclusives
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Mention the words "all-inclusive resort" and thoughts of bad buffets, watered-down drinks and wristband-wearing guests doing the conga may come to mind. But all-inclusive resorts, which have traditionally included basic accommodations and meals, are reinventing themselves with chic rooms, sophisticated restaurants, butlers and activities all wrapped into one price. More

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Hotel chains updating amenities to attract young adults
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The hotel industry has begun to contemplate a group of travelers it sees as crucial to its economic growth: those in their 20s to mid-30s who are obsessed with technology, social media and design. More

New York City plans on luring young tourists
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NYC and Company, the city's tourism agency, is trying to get more members of the under-30 age group to visit the city and spend cash, according to the office. More

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Tips for improving your train travel
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The railroad is the oldest, commercial mass transport of the modern age, predating the car and the airplane by at least 100 years. From smartphone apps that help you plan and book your travel, to a new crop of high-speed trains, train services across the globe have upgraded to appeal to frustrated air travelers and entice would-be drivers from their cars. More

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