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WTM 2013 exhibition opportunities for IGLTA members
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IGLTA is partnering with the European Tour Operators Association to give our members the chance to exhibit on the ETOA stand at World Travel Market, 4-7 November. The stand is located at the entrance of the Global Village and offers locations with fantastic visibility and brand exposure. For details and prices, please visit www.etoa.org/wtm or contact Laura Baggio at lbaggio@etoa.org, +44 (0)20 7290 1204.
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Meet your ambassador: Birna Hrönn Björnsdóttir, Iceland
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Birna Hrönn Björnsdóttir is one of the newest members of our global ambassador team. She is co-founder and owner of Pink Iceland, Iceland's leading LGBT travel, event and wedding company. Birna was born and raised in Reykjavik, has a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Iceland, and formerly worked at the National Hospital in Iceland treating patients until early 2013 when she joined Pink Iceland full time.
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Hawaii governor announces plans for special legislative session to pass marriage bill
Freedom to Marry
In Honolulu, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced that next month he will convene a special legislative session to pass a bill to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the state.
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Gay couple wins right to marry in Chihuahua
The Advocate
A gay couple in Chihuahua, Mexico, who first filed for a marriage license in April can legally wed after the state declined to file a challenge to the petition, a local judge ruled, according to Spanish-language news site El Pueblo.
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Taiwan hosts massive mock gay wedding banquet
Passport Magazine
More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined the wedding party in hopes that it will drum up more support for gay marriage as a bill is getting ready to be sent to parliament.
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The most walkable cities in the world
TED
According to Jeff Speck, the author of the book "Walkable City," "these lists are silly and inevitably wrong, but here are the places that I've been to and that I've enjoyed walking around the most."
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Activists target Russian gay law at G20 protest
The Associated Press via Edge on the Net
Spaced out along St. Petersburg's main thoroughfare, about a dozen human rights activists staged individual protests to attract the attention of leaders of the world's biggest economies to human rights violations in Russia.
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Effect of 2013 social media trends on your business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social Media Examiner reported in its 2013 Social Media Marketing Report that a whopping 97 percent of marketers now integrate social media into their plans. But, according to the report, only 1 in 4 were able to measure the return on investment. Staying on top of the latest social media trends allows you to connect with your customers on a personal, emotional level. Plus, it shows your audience that your brand is forward-thinking. Here are five topical changes in social media that will affect your business this year.
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Wine tourism could create 50,000 jobs in Spain
PRWeb
According to a study conducted by the specialized portal www.winetourismspain.com, gastronomic tourism, wine tours and trips related to wine will be one of the key sectors that could enable Spain to create new work opportunities.
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South Africa to introduce hate crime legislation
Passport Magazine
South Africa's Minister of Justice said that the government intends to introduce hate crimes legislation for the first time after more than 170,000 people from 175 nations joined one of the largest international campaigns ever hosted on Change.org.
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Solar-powered travel: Opening up new routes across sky, sea and land
The Guardian
A new generation of solar-powered vehicles is making extraordinary journeys around the world and pushing the boundaries of technical knowledge.
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Times are a changing in the online travel industry
Dynamic Business
The online travel industry is a deeply competitive and crowded marketplace. Failing to offer consumers something a little different, or a little better than the next site, can be a ticket to failure. That's a lesson learned once and for all by global online travel heavyweight HotelClub. Originally established in 1997 as an offline members club, the move to online was originally a successful transition.
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Global tourist spending accelerates in second quarter
Reuters
Growth in tourism spending worldwide accelerated to 14 percent in the second quarter from 10 percent in the first, Barclays analysts say.
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Top 6 things you didn't know about LGBT pride
GayTravel.com
Read on for some history on LGBT pride's past.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Thailand, conservative but tolerant, may legalize gay marriage (Reuters via Yahoo News)
Record first half for Spain (TravelMole)
Nice is the second most popular French city for gay marriage (The Riviera Times)
Stop autopublishing to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (By Amber Bynum)
Are we just sellers of travel? (By Shebby Lee)

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