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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: GayWhistler is one of the largest Gay Ski Weeks in the world that offers culinary, health + wellness, and fantastic entertainment both on and off the slopes in British Columbia. The Andaz West Hollywood is nestled between the Hollywood Hills and the world famous Sunset Strip, this boutique hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, non-alcoholic minibar, and much more.
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New member benefits: Tours calendar
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IGLTA is proud to announce the creating of the new Tours section on the IGLTA.org website. We have recently expanded our website to allow members to post and promote their tours directly to the 11,000-plus LGBT travelers that visit the website each month. Members can post tour descriptions, itineraries, date of tours, and images. This is a free feature available to all IGLTA members. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the last page of the handy How-To Guide.
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Los Angeles, host city for IGLTA 2015, tops list as most LGBT-friendly US city
Reuters
Los Angeles tops the list of U.S. cities most friendly to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, according to a newly compiled "Queer Index" released by an online news site. New York, San Francisco and Des Moines followed, said Vocativ, a site that uses its technology to mine Internet data.
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    Homophobia may cost India's economy billions of dollars
    The Wall Street Journal
    New World Bank research suggests discrimination toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is costing India billions of dollars.
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    FIFA World Cup 2014: Tourism in Brazil
    Breaking Travel News
    The global spotlight will be on Brazil for the next four weeks as the destination hosts the greatest sporting show on earth, the FIFA World Cup. Here, Breaking Travel News takes a look at what the hundreds of thousands of international visitors to the country can expect when their planes touch down in South America.
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    5 important tech trends in hospitality
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    In the realm of technology, what could not be thought of even two decades back is now an everyday reality, and we have perhaps just began. We look for smart homes, we stay connected all the time and we store all our important data in the "cloud." Is it any wonder that we are looking at more tech services when it comes to traveling? Therefore, it's natural that the hospitality industry has woken up to the challenge and embraced the onslaught on new technology with open arms. Let's take a quick look at five tech trends that are dominating the industry today.
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    Gay Pride takes center stage on Israel pilgrimages
    Haaretz
    An organized group tour to Israel usually includes visits to the Western Wall, Independence Hall, Masada and the Dead Sea, so as to check the boxes of Israel's identity: religious, political, historical and geographical. But for two groups zipping around the country, Israel's emerging identity as a global gay capital is of equal importance — and the beaches of Tel Aviv, now blanketed in rainbow flags and Pride revelers, is an essential destination.
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    Gay Pride promotions
    The New York Times
    Companies such as Hilton, Kimpton and American Airlines have long marketed to the gay community. This month in a most public display of affection, Marriott International, a company with conservative Mormon roots, is wrapping three of its Washington, D.C., hotels in photo banners, including Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay basketball player, and Geena Rocero, a transgender model. The campaign urges travelers to share photos on Instagram under #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.
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    Lesbian African safari company turns 10
    The Bay Area Reporter
    For a decade Jody Cole, owner and operator of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, has unraveled the continent's mystery, magic, and complexity for travelers.
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    Curfew hits Bangkok's iconic nighttime gay tourist spots hard
    Gay Asia News
    Popular gay tourists hubs in Bangkok have remained quiet and near empty following Thailand's recent military coup and the nightly curfew.
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    A 'Wilde' vacation: Gay history for gay travelers
    The Huffington Post
    Gay tourism may be a specialized field within the wider tourism industry, but it's nothing if not lucrative. According to a leading LGBT tourism trade organization, the annual expenditure on LGBT tourism will have exceeded $200 billion by this year. The countries with the largest spending markets for LGBT tourism were the United States, with $56.5 billion, and Brazil, with $25.3 billion.
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