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Welcome IGLTA Foundation board members
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As we move into 2015, we are pleased to announce the new board of directors for the IGLTA Foundation: Theresa Belpulsi – VP, Destination DC; Selisse Berry – CEO and Founder Out & Equal; Reginald Charlot – VP, NYC & Co; Tanya Churchmuch – Founder, MuchPR; Terry Dale – President/CEO USTOA; Steven Eidelberg – Senior Director, Accor Hotel Group; Jonathan Frolich – VP, Hyatt Corp; Vicky Garcia – COO & Co–Founder Cruise Planners; Rika Jean–Francois – Commissioner, Corporate Social Responsibility ITB; Michael McDowell – VP, LA Tourism & Convention Board; Gary Murakami – Director, MGM; Tom Nichols – CFO, Arcus Foundation; Scott Seed – Director, Universal Studios; Greg Takahara – Senior VP, TripMate; John Tanzella – President/CEO IGLTA; Tony Tenicela – Global Leader, IBM. The foundation was established to further the mission of IGLTA, with an emphasis on supporting the next generation of LGBT tourism professionals via convention scholarships and marketing assistance for members in emerging destinations. For more information or to make a donation, visit igltafoundation.org.
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Please take our member survey
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To help us improve our association and better assist our members, please spend five minutes to tell us about the service that you have received to date. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a one-year complimentary IGLTA membership and 12 months of a Featured Listing for their business. Featured Listings will display your membership profile at the top of search results on IGLTA.org. Take survey.
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Open call for IGLTA Board nominations
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IGLTA is seeking visionary, enthusiastic and dynamic leaders to join the association board of directors. These individuals will work closely with other board members and staff to help IGLTA realize its mission, meet its goals and deliver on its priorities. Complete the application and then submit to nominations@iglta.org. The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST on 9 February.
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#IGLTA2015 Buyer/Supplier Marketplace
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Don't miss out on our second annual appointment-driven Buyer/Supplier Marketplace, scheduled for 8 April during the IGLTA convention in Los Angeles. This is the only global LGBT buyer/supplier networking event of its kind. Buyers apply here for hosted registration and reduced host hotel rate. Suppliers can view a sneak preview of our participating buyers at igltaconvention.org/buyers/.
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Join our global volunteer team!
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The application process is now open for IGLTA's 2015-2016 Global Ambassador Team. We are looking for motivated individuals in tourism with an interest in giving back to IGLTA and the LGBT travel industry. You must be an active IGLTA member and have attended a minimum of one IGLTA Annual Global Convention prior to applying. Please submit the completed Ambassador Application by 15 February if you’d like to be announced at the Los Angeles convention as part of the 2015-2016 Ambassador program, but we accept applications year-round. Click here to apply.
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Small business spotlight
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Please support the small business members of IGLTA, such as China Luxury Advisors, a consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris that counsels luxury brands, retailers and travel destinations on their China consumer strategy; and Casa De Mita, a six-room, two-suite boutique hotel located on Playa Careyeros just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


India's gay community scrambling after court decision recriminalizes homosexuality
The Independent
Back in 2009, Lesley Esteves was dancing in the streets after judges in Delhi decriminalized homosexuality. When the Delhi High Court suspended the draconian Section 377 of the Indian penal code which dated from the days of British rule, India's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community thought there was no turning back.
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'South Africa needs to find a new way to talk about being gay'
The Guardian
Lwando Scott writes: A few months ago I received an email asking my advice about the IsiXhosa language equivalents for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex. But in IsiXhosa, an indigenous South African language spoken by 23 percent of the population, these words only exist in derogatory terms.
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Confusion, optimism remain as Vietnam decriminalizes gay marriage
Voice of America
In the past few months, Tang Ai Linh has noticed something new whenever she is logged on to Facebook: A lot more people have been posting photos and stories from gay weddings. Vietnam has not legalized same-sex marriage, but a new law effectively decriminalizes it, putting Vietnam at the vanguard of gay rights in Southeast Asia.
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Ireland set to cast off anti-gay prejudice
News 24
Ireland is set to vote on a referendum to allow same sex marriages, with the vast majority in favor of allowing the once controversial move to be passed into law in the conservative country. It looks as if Ireland is ready to ditch its last remnants of anti-gay prejudice with the country's first government minister coming out as gay and polls showing 76 percent support for a May referendum to amend the constitution to allow same-sex marriages.
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Dashed hopes in gay Ukraine
Foreign Policy
It was a quiet evening in late autumn, perfect for going to the movies. Kiev's Zhovten (October) theater, the oldest one in the city and a favorite with art-movie buffs, was showing a new French film called Les Nuits d'Été (Summer Nights), about a married man in 1950s France who leads a perfectly normal life — except that every weekend he goes to a cabin in the forest, where he dresses up as a woman.
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Sun destinations for gay and lesbian seniors
Daily Xtra
Even more than in the mainstream world, most ads and visuals that promote LGBT travel feature a bevy of fresh, youthful faces. But statistically, one in eight Americans (12.8 percent in 2009) and nearly one in six Canadians (an estimated 15.2 percent in 2010) are 65 or older. With the tourism industry seemingly focused on the young, where is an older LGBT person to go when temperatures sink up north and it's time for some winter sun?
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The million-dollar question: Which digital marketing trends to focus on in 2015?
Eye for Travel
Every day there is something new in the world of social media and digital marketing. Many disappear without trace, while others remain niche products or services. It's tough for marketers to know where to focus their energy, so here are a few ideas.
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Expedia has acquired Travelocity for $280 million in cash
Forbes
Travel booking website Expedia has acquired partner travel service Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for $280 million in cash. Travelocity joins Expedia's growing travel website portfolio with brands like Expedia.com, Hotels.com, eLong, Hotwire, Trivago, CarRentals.com, Venere.com and Egencia. As of last year, Expedia has been powering Travelocity's U.S. and Canadian websites along with its hotel supply and customer service programs.
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