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IGLTA Foundation Benefit
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On 7 May, the Hotel Ritz Madrid will host our first fundraising reception for the IGLTA Foundation in conjunction with the Annual Global Convention. Everyone who purchases a $US100 ticket will be eligible for a drawing to win one of five luxury travel packages from Belmond or a Baltic Sea cruise courtesy of Atlantis Events. Attendance is not required to win. For a complete list of prizes and to make a donation, click here. Proceeds support IGLTA Foundation initiatives, including an Emerging Destinations Program to educate tourism businesses in emerging markets on the value of LGBT travel and assist them in growing their businesses, and the Building Bridges Scholarship program to support the next generation of LGBT travel professionals. With your aid, we can increase visibility for LGBT tourism and make the world a more welcoming place for gay travelers.
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Small Business Spotlight
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In this recurring eNews feature, we shine a spotlight on some of our small business members. It was through the foresight of small LGBT businesses that IGLTA was founded in 1983. The Boatslip Resort is in the heart of Provincetown, Mass., and features the biggest waterfront deck in town; Rio Exclusive provides luxurious alternative accommodations to traditional five-star hotels in Rio de Janeiro; TwoBadTourists — a gay travel blog created by David Brown and Auston Matta — visits the best gay-friendly destinations and events across Europe.
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LVCVA hosts IGLTA event
IGLTA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a silver-level IGLTA Global Partner, recently hosted an LGBT tourism business meeting and IGLTA member networking reception at the new Tropicana Casino and Hotel. Highlighting results of their latest market study conducted by Community Marketing Inc., Jim McMichael, Diversity & Cultural Marketing Manager of the LVCVA, updated local businesses on travel and spending habits of LGBT consumers visiting Las Vegas. IGLTA Vice President Clark Massad provided attendees with an update on the association's growth and activity, discussing ways IGLTA can help local businesses with their LGBT marketing. The meeting, held in the lavish Havana Room at the Tropicana, was followed by an IGLTA member networking reception in the newly redecorated, modern and luxurious Sky Villa Suite overlooking the Las Vegas strip.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Malta legalizes gay partnerships and adoption
    NDTV
    The Maltese parliament approved a law late on Monday to recognize same-sex partnerships on a legal par with marriage, including allowing gay couples to adopt.
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    Iconic 'What Happens Here, Stays Here' campaign launches first-ever national LGBT broadcast initiative
    Travel Daily News
    For the first time ever, Las Vegas has created a new television commercial specifically geared towards the LGBT community. The television broadcast spot incorporates a fabulous new twist, and is part of the destination's legendary "What Happens Here, Stays Here" campaign.
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    Business owners become social media marketing believers
    Daily Herald
    Here's a thought that may require some thought: Social media could be one of your business' most effective marketing tools. One reason, says Patrick Finn, is the low cost. But at least equally important, is that it "allows us to hit our circle of influence," said the owner of Patrick A. Finn Ltd., a Palatine, Ill., design and build business that focuses on custom homes and remodeling.
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    How to reach travelers on Facebook
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    Native advertising specialists Ampush has compiled some of statistics on how Facebook users engage with travel, providing some actionable conclusions for marketers looking to leverage the platform.
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    UK government rules out imposing travel ban on anti-gay Ugandan MPs
    Pink News
    Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has ruled out imposing a travel ban on Uganda's politicians who support the country's anti-gay legislation.
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    A closer look at Australia's suffering airports
    By Matt Falcus
    High demand and increasingly inadequate service are putting mounting pressure on Australia's key airports, with Sydney taking the "worst airport in Australia" title in a recent report. Of the country's four principal gateways — Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney — three were found to have failings, with levels of service only "satisfactory" and no improvement since the previous year. Having traveled through Sydney and Brisbane recently without issue, I felt it was worth delving into what had caused such concern.
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    Columbus gays travel to Chicago to marry
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Advocates say federal recognition of same-sex marriage, which provides at least some financial and psychological benefits, is prompting growing numbers of Ohio couples to journey out of state to marry.
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    Rainbow families: How to get your vacation right
    Gay Star News
    More travel destinations are catering to the needs of gay and lesbian parents as same-sex families are becoming more normalized. Here are some things to consider prior to departure.
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