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Early-bird registration live for convention in Brazil
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Time is running out to take advantage of early registration discounts! Take advantage of early-bird discounts before they end on 31 December, 2011. For more information and to register, visit www.igltaconvention.org.



Holiday auction closes at 12:00 EDT today
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The IGLTA Holiday Travel Auction closes bidding today, 7 December, at 12:00 EDT. If you have not yet placed your bid, do so quickly! This is an exciting and fun way to help us, and at the same time have a chance to win great holiday items! Click here to bid: www.biddingforgood.com/iglta.

Limited space for ITB Berlin 2012
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Join IGLTA in the 170m² Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin and be a part of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries come together at ITB every March to do business in Berlin. IGLTA is proud to offer Booth Sharing and Brochure Distribution opportunities to its members. Booth share partners will receive entrance passes and daily catered lunch for up to two people plus access to the exclusive private cafe area in the center of the Gay Pavilion for conducting business meetings. Space is limited, so register today and get ready to be a part of the world's largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.

Newest IGLTA members
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IGLTA welcomes all new members who have joined the association in the month of November. Click here to see who joined!


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Retraction
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Last week's IGLTA eNewsletter regrettably contained a one-sided opinion commentary published in The New York Times. It generated a broad range of positive and negative comments from members, many who judged it very controversial — and expressed equal concern that it was unbalanced and absent other points of view. In the future, we will take care not to distribute such controversial articles unless we find, in these rare occasions, that we believe the subject matter is newsworthy and very important to our membership and we can include and host other points of view to provide reasonable balance. Please recognize also that all news articles and coverage that we share with our members are intended to keep us well informed of events, developments and trends critical to our industry, and none should be considered the opinions held by IGLTA or any of our members.

Gay prime minister assumes control in Belgium
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For the first time in its history, Belgium will be led by an openly gay man. Elio Di Rupo will lead a diverse coalition involving socialists, liberals and centrists. More

Indonesia sets billion-dollar tourism budget
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The government of Indonesia announced that it is allocating US$23.3 billion to the economic development of the country's eastern region. More

AA continues normal business operations
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AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation, announced that Judge Sean H. Lane of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted approval of a series of first day motions filed by the Company to help facilitate American's and American Eagle's continued normal business operations throughout the reorganization process. More

Hertz introduces ExpressRent kiosks
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Hertz has launched ExpressRent kiosks, made available to its customers in the U.S. ExpressRent kiosks is one of the first large-scale kiosk deployments in the U.S. using a live agent assistant via video chat, and express return (eReturn) service options. More

Red Roof Inn to unveil details of NextGen renovations
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After announcing plans for $70 million in major renovations in August, Red Roof Inn will reveal its new NextGen redesigned prototype of both interiors and exteriors this month. The first of almost 350 properties to show off the new look will be the Red Roof Miami Airport. More

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Expedia launches travel agent program in Malaysia
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Expedia introduces its Travel Agent Affiliate Program in Malaysia. The TAAP allows travel agents to have access to Expedia's extensive inventory of 145,000 hotels worldwide and enables them to earn commissions up to 10% on hotels and activities, and 1.5% on flights booked as part of a package. More

Anti-gay propaganda of St. Petersburg gives ideas to Russian government
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A Russian deputy prime minister has ruled in favor of a law prohibiting Russian propaganda of homosexuality he considers "disgusting," like the text that has taken the first legislative step in St. Petersburg. More

Thailand works to restore tourism industry
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has revealed plans of reinstating a tourist visa fee waiver scheme for China, India, Russia and Chinese Taipei passport holders. This plan is in line with the effort to boost the inbound tourism and help local tour operators that were affected by the floods. More

CLIA agencies generate $55 million in sales during Cruise Week
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Cruise Lines International Association reported that its travel agency members generated more than $55 million in sales during National Cruise Vacation Week, 17-23 October, and virtual promotions throughout October, generating over $7 million in potential commissions. This estimate is based on a post-event survey of participating CLIA agency members. More

Myanmar tourism works to boost arrivals, plans to host travel fair
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As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Myanmar and has loosened trade restrictions on the country, travel professionals in Myanmar are rising to the occasion. More
 

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