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Introducing the new IGLTA Board
IGLTA
The first board of directors selected via the association's new appointment process was announced at the 30th Annual Global Convention in Chicago. Each of the board's 10 members represents a different business type and for the first time in IGLTA history, a majority of the board comes from outside of North America.
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L.A. to host IGLTA 2015
IGLTA
IGLTA's 32nd Annual Global Convention is set for Los Angeles. This will be the first time the convention has been held in the L.A. area since West Hollywood, Calif., hosted our 10th annual conference in May 1993, and the first time the convention will unfold within the city of L.A.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Finding gay-friendly tour operators and places
The New York Times
As more countries propose legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, destinations and travel companies are increasingly marketing themselves to gay travelers. But John Tanzella, president of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, warned that not all those who talk the talk necessarily walk the walk.
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Hotels, cities with 'LGBT-friendly' reputations poised for growth
Skift
LGBT festivals, fairs, and events are among the activities LGBT travelers are least interested when taking a trip; however, an "LGBT-friendly" reputation is one of the leading motivators for selecting a destination.
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Mixing work and play: The high-tech hotel lobby
TechNewsWorld
Today's hotel lobby is not just a place to check in or pass through. It's a functional, inviting work-and-play space that encourages guests to spend more time — and money — on the premises.
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The best airport on the planet
The Economist
Skytrax's rankings, which are in their 14th year, are based on a survey that asks airline passengers to rank airports across 39 different categories, from shopping to security.
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Virgin America introduces mile-high flirting
QMI Agency via Canoe.ca Travel
Feeling flirty on your flight? Virgin America has introduced a way for passengers to improve their chances of "getting lucky" by allowing travellers to easily buy drinks for others on board through the in-flight entertainment system, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson announced.
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In pictures: Kazakhstan's first gay wedding
BBC News
What is believed to be Kazakhstan's first gay wedding has provoked strong reactions in the socially conservative country after pictures were published on the Internet. The ceremony took place in the northern industrial town of Karaganda.
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Solar-powered airplane completes 1st leg of U.S. flight
NPR
The Solar Impulse, an airplane traveling across the United States using only solar power, arrived in Phoenix after reaching Arizona from California. It took the plane about 20 hours to travel from Mountain View, Calif., near San Francisco.
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Delaware Senate passes freedom to marry legislation
Freedom to Marry
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is expected to sign the bill into law immediately, and the bill will take effect on 1 July.
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Rhode Island legalizes gay marriage
The Huffington Post
Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage with a 56-15 vote.
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Let social media do good work for you
By Cindy Woudenberg
The amount of people using social media is on the rise, and it's going to continue to climb. It's essential to engage with these communities when building and maintaining connections for your business online.
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Speedo ban in the United Arab Emirates
The Out Traveler
The rule change comes after locals complained about having to spend beach time with scantily clad tourists.
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Study: Gay men aren't sleeping around as much as they used to
Queerty
A new study suggests that gay men generally have "significantly fewer" sexual partners than they did 10 years ago.
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