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Register now for our first convention in Spain!
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Don't miss out on the opportunity to expand your businesses in the LGBT market 8-10 May at the Hotel Melia Castilla in Madrid. Our 31st Annual Global Convention will include the debut of an appointment-driven Buyer/Supplier Marketplace (with free registration for qualified buyers) and a keynote presentation from the World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The event also includes a Consumer Trade Show at the Circulo de Bellas Artes and a fundraiser for the IGLTA Foundation at the Hotel Ritz Madrid. Airline discounts are available on Delta, American and Iberia: igltaconvention.org/airfare. Registration pricing will increase on 16 April.
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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: Rundles provides a premier dining experience combined with contemporary lodging at Morris House in Stratford, Ontario; Patagonia Camp creates a unique natural experience for travelers to Magallanes, Chile; The Margi Hotel balances discreet luxury with cozy Mediterranean ambiance in Athens, Greece.
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Calling all IGLTA bloggers!
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All IGLTA members in good standing are welcome to submit posts to our Insider Out Travel blog. Please remember that the blog is a forum for LGBT travel information and stories from industry insiders; it's not advertising space. Your blog post can include a byline and the website for your business, but it should read as editorial copy.

General submission criteria:
  • Less than 400 words of text plus a short headline
  • 1 or 2 photos
  • Each member can submit once per month
  • Please advise if the post is time-sensitive and allow two weeks of lead time
  • All blog posts are subject to editing/final approval by IGLTA
Please submit questions and completed posts to Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden at loann.halden@iglta.org.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    The changing face of gay travel: 'No we don't want twin beds'
    The Guardian
    Gay marriage is becoming legal, but outside the U.K. the world is splitting into places where gay people are welcomed, and places where they are shunned or persecuted. Actor Sophie Ward looks at the challenges and options for same sex couples.
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    Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for 'homosexual offenses'
    BBC News
    Four Nigerian men have received 20 lashes each after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted them of gay sex, officials say.
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    4 proven tricks to get Facebook likes on your business posts
    By Emma Fitzpatrick
    Getting likes on your business's Facebook posts may seem like throwing spaghetti against the wall. You know some sticks and performs really well, while others just flop. As far as the why, it's a mystery. Thanks to a recent study, part of the mystery has been cracked. Trust us, using these scientifically supported tips and tricks will help you get more bang for the same amount of time spent. Learn the top four data-proven tricks to help your posts on your business's Facebook page get more likes, comments and impressions below.
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    Travel, tourism contribute $7 trillion to world economy
    Successful Meetings
    Travel and tourism contributed nearly $7 trillion to the world economy last year, accounting for 9.5 percent of global GDP, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, which recently published its annual economic impact report, "Travel & Tourism: Economic Impact 2014 – World."
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    Visiting the Maldives is the chance for you to break out the brightly colored summer clothes that are so often out of place in colder climates. The higher temperatures and ever-present sunshine means that locals and visitors alike prefer dressing in lightweight materials.


    These 7 tips will supercharge your social media marketing
    Small Business Trends
    For several years running, Americans have chosen to spend more time in social media than anywhere else on the Web. Marketers recognize the opportunity; 86 percent indicate that social media is important for their business. Yet 88 percent still want to know more about the most effective social tactics and how to engage their social audience.
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    Hotels, restaurants respond to shifting customer base
    By Linchi Kwok
    Millennials have grown up. They are not only replacing baby boomers in the workforce, but they also are becoming an important source of business for the travel and tourism industry. Different from baby boomers, millennials are known for their chic, urban lifestyle and tech-savvy trait. Many hotels and restaurants immediately responded to the shifting landscape in the marketplace by taking one of more of the following approaches: new product development, acquisition and/or brand makeover.
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    New travel trend: Theme and hobby travel
    The Huffington Post
    Call it niche marketing's latest victory or some sort of Type A contagion, but one of the latest trends in the industry to coalesce is the idea of a vacation-on-a-theme. That is, a person takes their hobby, whatever it may be, and turns their time off into the pursuit of said-hobby.
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    USA moves closer to top, India more bottom in new gay travel rankings
    Metro Weekly
    In the 2014 Gay Travel Index released by the publishers of Spartacus International Gay Guide, the United States jumped eight rankings while India fell 15 rankings. The index is designed to provide travelers insight into a countries legal and social acceptance of members of the LGBT community.
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    The economic gains from eliminating US travel visas
    Cato Institute
    The U.S. government requires most foreigners to obtain a travel visa if they wish to travel to America. The purported rationale for this requirement is to prevent unauthorized immigrants, terrorists, and other foreign-originated security threats from coming into the country disguised as tourists.
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    TRENDING ARTICLES
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        Disney sponsors gay family event in Orlando, Fla. (Gay Star News)
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