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IGLTA at ITB Asia
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Time to head for Singapore for the ITB Asia trade fair, 23-25 October at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year ITB Asia presents more than 800 exhibitors combined with more than 1,000 international buyers and journalists. As part of this wide portfolio, you can join a panel discussion that includes IGLTA members on 25 October, 12:00-13:00h, Room 325, Level 3.
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IGLTA networking at WTM
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IGLTA is proud to partner with the European Tour Operators Association for this year's edition of World Travel Market in London, 4-7 November. Please visit the IGLTA booth in the ETOA stand (GV300) and plan on joining us for the following IGLTA member networking receptions during WorldTravel Market:
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Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament
PinkNews.co.uk
A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country's Parliament this week. Malta's Equality Minister Helena Dalli told a press conference that the Civil Unions Bill will recognize same-sex partnerships and give them the same rights and duties as married heterosexual couples.
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Vietnam: No more fines for same-sex weddings
Gay Star News
A new decree intended to address discrimination against the LGBT community in Vietnam comes into effect Nov. 11, doing away with the current system of slapping fines of up to $24 on same-sex weddings.
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Israel looks to southern US to boost visitor numbers
Travel Weekly
The decision to expand beyond traditional markets also dovetails with Israel's international efforts to promote attributes such as its vibrant technology industry, historically protected architecture and friendly attitude toward the LGBT community.
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Persian Gulf countries may use medical exams to 'detect' gay visitors
Towelroad
Routine medical examinations conducted on visitors to a group of Middle Eastern nations known as the the Gulf Cooperation Countries may be used to "detect" gays, Gulf News reports, citing a senior Kuwaiti official.
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Airline apologizes for 'I AM GAY' written in block letters on man's luggage
The Huffington Post
Few things have such a troublesome relationship as luggage and air travel. They rely heavily on one another, yet so often land each other in trouble. Jetstar, a discount subsidiary airline of Qantas in Australia and New Zealand, now knows this better than most, after a man tweeted a photo of his luggage, which appeared to have been defaced by Jetstar employees. Written on the bag, in large block letters formed by luggage tags, were the words, "I AM GAY."
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Irksome inns: Hotel hospitality lacking for tour groups
By Shebby Lee
As I am out and about across the American landscape on tours, I have plenty of opportunities to observe the hospitality — or lack thereof — that various suppliers provide to the traveling public. Whether it is the economy or the entry of more independent-minded baby boomers into the group travel market, it is much more difficult to fill a coach than it was a decade ago. Therefore, it is frustrating to see more and more hotel contracts that actually include penalties for smaller groups, rather than incentives.
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Lebanon bans 2 films in setback for tolerant image
Reuters
Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practiced in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region.
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5 best gay scenes in Europe
GayWebSource.com
It's totally fabulous to explore different gay scenes when traveling. You can dance the night away to some truly camp-tastic tunes, or cruise the darkrooms for Mr. Right Now. Perhaps you want to enjoy feathers and frills at a drag queen cabaret show? We've looked at some of the best gay hotspots in Europe to suit everyone's needs.
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The ITB Academy: A wealth of online and offline expertise
TravelDailyNews.com
As the world's largest travel trade show ITB Berlin has become recognized as the industry's biggest think tank. The ITB Academy features a wide-ranging program that provides industry representatives with opportunities to further their expert knowledge, not only in March at the event itself, but throughout the entire year.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Best gay honeymoon destinations (The Huffington Post)
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