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Open call for 2013 IGLTA convention speakers
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IGLTA's Annual Global Convention 1-5 May 2013 in Chicago will mark the association's 30th anniversary. We'll be reflecting on the history of LGBT travel while also examining the future of the industry, and we're looking for dynamic speakers to make this our most successful conference yet. If you'd like to present a breakout session (about 45 minutes in length) that speaks to businesses of all sizes and has a global perspective, please fill out the form and email it to loann@iglta.org or fax it to +1 954-337-5805 no later than 17 September 2012. We'll send an email confirming receipt of your form; speakers will be notified by mid-October 2012. See you in Chicago!



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Olympic officials to speak out on global gay rights
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Despite broad worldwide gains for gay rights, homosexuality remains criminalized in many countries — a sore point for activists who hope the global stage of the Olympics can be a springboard for change. More

Spain's popularity with LGBT travelers keeps growing
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Spain's popularity with gay and lesbian travelers keeps growing. A gay-friendly destination with an open mind and no prejudice, the country has been dedicated to promoting equal rights for all citizens through a marriage equality law passed in 2005. In 2014, Madrid is set to host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Annual Global Convention. More

Be Yourself at Aston
With 25 hotels and condominium resorts across four beautiful Hawaiian Islands, Aston Hotels & Resorts offers the perfect choice for any lifestyle, taste and budget. From trendy hotels in the center of the action to relaxing resorts with breathtaking ocean views, let Aston welcome you to your dream Hawaii vacation.
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Cable car across Thames set to be ready for the Olympics
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A cable car that will shuttle people over the Thames in east London is set to be ready for the Olympics. More

WTTC, UNWTO call on G-20 to consider tourism as engine for growth
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Ahead of the G-20 world leaders' meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, the UNWTO and WTTC have called on the leaders to consider tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. More


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Aruba's Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts offers couples a romantic and tranquil boutique resort experience on one of the "Dream Beaches of the World".
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New York City Marriott and Renaissance Hotels

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Caesars Entertainment launches 'Feeling Lucky 2012' agent incentive
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Caesars Entertainment unveiled "Feeling Lucky 2012," a travel agent incentive program that rewards travel agents for registering bookings at any of its resorts from 29 May to 30 September. More

1st gay tourism Board joins ICTP as destination member
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The International Council of Tourism Partners announced that GayWhistler.com based in British Columbia has become a destination member. More



Video: Obama holds gay pride reception at White House
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President Barack Obama is telling gay supporters that they will have a friend and "fellow advocate" in the White House as long as he is president. More

Saturday in Nice, the Pink Parade 'will be much more visible'
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An earlier date and redesigned route will integrate Interpride, the pride march of the Riviera. Alexandra Toussaint, co-founder of Aglaia, the LGBT association organizing, explains. More


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Your Home Under the Rainbow!
Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Hawaii's largest gay owned & operated resort, welcomes all, but caters primarily to the LGBT traveler. Located on the shore in Kihei, Sunseeker is perfect for gorgeous Ocean views. A clothing optional heated pool and Jacuzzi awaits you. Sunseeker welcomes you to Maui's island paradise.
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Hilton Barbados Resort’s exquisite setting on the lush tropical peninsula of Needham's Point offers a combination of natural beauty and Hilton style for an unforgettable tropical experience. With amenities tailored for couples, families, and business travelers alike, this really is paradise for all. Come enjoy!


Orient-Express Hotels opens Palacio Nazarenas in Peru
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Orient-Express Hotels opened the Palacio Nazarenas, the latest addition to its portfolio of hotels and trains in Peru. An all-suite boutique hotel, this urban retreat and former 16th century convent in Cuzco features 55 oxygenated suites, Cuzco's first outdoor infinity pool and a gourmet restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist. More

Gay marriage part of a long struggle
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Murderers can marry. Even Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, wed in a ceremony in California's San Quentin Prison in 1996. More

STR reports London hotel boost during Queen's Jubilee
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London hotels reported occupancy levels of 90.5% on Saturday night, 2 June, and benefited from the extended weekend to boost the traditionally low Sunday night with occupancy reaching 79.3 percent, an increase of 20.8 percent, according to STR Global, a provider of market data to the hotel industry. More

Meliá Hotels International to focus on globalization strategy
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With nearly 80% of operating profit generated outside Spain in 2011, Meliá Hotels sees 2012 as a time of great challenges, among them the travel boom in emerging economies, challenges which the company expects to meet with great success. More


Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa
Ideally situated on an immaculate stretch of white-sand beach, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa offers its guests an idyllic oceanfront setting. The resort is easily accessible from major international destinations, located less than 20 minutes from the Danang International Airport.
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Thailand moves from squat to Western-style toilets
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For tourists who live in fear of having to use the toilet while touring Thailand, the country has announced official plans to switch over to Western-style facilities. More

World Heritage meets 'Avatar' in Hunan
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Even today, near, far, wherever you are in the mainland, spend a couple of hours in a restaurant or karaoke club and at some point the playlist will have shuffled to an all too familiar song. More



That's how the cookie (and a passenger's calm) crumbles
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Kat Kinsman writes, "When I didn't get my cookie, I almost started crying. No, this didn't happen when I was 5, 10 or even 15 years old. It was this past Christmas on an airplane bound for my home in New York, and I'm pretty sure this is the most embarrassing sentence I have ever typed." More

Airbus introduces wider seats for obese passengers
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Squeezing into a "cattle class" airline seat is about to get a lot easier for the overweight traveler — but at the expense of more slimline passengers. More


Celebrate with Splendor at Kapalua

Create an unforgettable celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with romantic elegance and a bespoke ceremony experience
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All-Suite and Villa Oceanfront Luxury

Experience paradise at The Fairmont Kea Lani set amongst 22 acres of lush tropical landscape on the white sandy shores of Wailea in sunny South Maui.
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Airline to seat passengers based on their mood
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Sick of being stuck next to someone who pounds away on their laptop all flight long? Or do you get lonely flying and want to sit next to someone who shares your favorite hobby? Either way, at least one airline has your back, even if it is airBaltic. More

Greece a real bargain for tourists
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Tourists who still wish to visit Greece this year despite the country's unstable political situation are in for a treat, as foreign tour operators and Greek hoteliers are lowering prices in a bid to bolster demand. More


Complimentary Fourth Night at
The St. Regis


Delight in Sun and Savings at The St. Regis Monarch Beach. Reserve now and enjoy a complimentary 4th night, $100 resort credit, and upgrade when available.
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The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice

A luxury Hotel which offers you an unforgettable stay in front of the sea. Its panoramic Roof top Terrace and its Private Beach will satisfy you in an idyllic environment. MORE


Hotel industry unites on carbon footprint measure
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Hilton, Marriott and MGM Resorts and 20 other companies have agreed to adopt a uniform way to calculate their hotels' carbon footprint, the World Travel & Tourism Council announced recently. More

Apple iOS 6 Passbook could revolutionize travel industry
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Recently, Apple announced Passbook, a new default app coming to iOS 6 for iPhone later this year that stands to get a lot of attention in the travel industry. More

           

       

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