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IGLTA announces new board members
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Please join us in welcoming the new appointees to the IGLTA board of directors. They will begin their two-year terms at the end of the board meeting just prior to the 8-10 May Annual Global Convention in Madrid. Michael McDowell, Vice President for Arts & Culture and Affinity Markets for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board; Andy Mosetti, founder of travel agency NEXTSKY (Switzerland) Ltd; and Chris Stanley, Corporate and Incentive Sales Account Director for Silversea Cruises were appointed to the IGLTA board for the first time. Marta Dalla Chiesa, co-owner/Managing Director of Brazil Ecojourneys, and Gail Swift, Director of Association Sales for Hilton Worldwide, were re-appointed for additional two-year terms. They will join Tanya Churchmuch, Rika Jean-Francois, Tom Jenkins, Juan Julia, Dan Melesurgo, and Ed Salvato on the 2014-2015 board.
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NY Times Travel Show this weekend!
IGLTA
Please help us make a splash for LGBT travel at the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Feb. 28-March 2. IGLTA is hosting the Focus on LGBT travel trade session from 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 28. Register here for trade day. There will also be a consumer panel dedicated to LGBT travel at noon March 1 moderated by IGLTA board treasurer Ed Salvato. We have 100 free tickets available for the consumer days, March 1-2. Register with this special link or use the code IGLTANY. And come visit us at booth No. 952 in the exhibit hall where we'll be giving away a two-night stay at Miami Beach's new straight-friendly property, Hotel Gaythering!
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LGBT networking at ITB Berlin
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Please RSVP for each event individually via the above links. See you in Berlin!
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    Last chance for ITB booth share/brochure distribution
    IGLTA
    Join IGLTA in the Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin (5-9 March) and become a part of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries are expected to participate. With 400 square meters of space, the pavilion is the cornerstone of LGBT business at the event. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit iglta.org/itb-berlin-2014.
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    Small Business Spotlight
    IGLTA
    This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small business members from around the world: Ecotourism pioneer Volcanoes Safaris specializes in mountain gorilla and chimpanzee safaris to Uganda and Rwanda; Waverley Hills Organic Wine & Olives, located in the Western Cape of South Africa, offers tastings, a restaurant with panoramic views, and catering for weddings and business events.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    1st public gay marriage in Myanmar may open new tourism revenue
    eTurboNews
    Myanmar tolerates its first public gay marriage in the country, even though officially its not allowed. Myanmar may be developing to another romantic tourism destination for gay couples and possibly gay weddings.
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    Federal judge: Gay marriages can begin in Illinois' Cook County; no need to wait until June
    The Associated Press via Star Tribune
    Jubilant same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses in Chicago after a federal judge ruled there was no reason for residents of Illinois' largest county to wait until the state's new gay marriage law takes effect, a decision some hope will prompt county clerks statewide to begin issuing the documents.
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    Poll: Irish voters support same-sex marriage
    United Press International
    Only about 1 in 5 Irish voters oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland, a poll released recently indicated. The poll, done for the public broadcaster RTE and the Sunday Business Post, found that 76 percent of respondents support same-sex marriage, 19 percent are opposed and 5 percent undecided, The Guardian reported.
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    Creating visual content for social marketing
    By Mayur Kisani
    In an increasingly noisy and crowded digital landscape, marketers have to use visuals to stand out from the immense competition. Blogs were the first form of networking online where people/companies/brands would post content in order to be found. The world then moved onto Facebook, where our content became shorter. Then microblogs like Twitter came along, and our content became even shorter to 140 characters. Now we are skipping text altogether with the rise of visual social networks like Instagram and Pinterest, which allow marketers to show their creative prowess.
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    It's not all negative: Why you should respond to good and bad reviews
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    If you did a Web search for responding to negative reviews on TripAdvisor, you would get pages and pages of results with articles talking about how important it is. While Kevin Boudreaux agree with these articles, just responding to only negative reviews should only be one part of your TripAdvisor strategy.
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    'Gayborhoods' have a profound sociological and economic effect on urban areas
    The Huffington Post
    The sociological and economic benefits of urban "gayborhoods" — loosely defined as neighborhoods in which many gay men and lesbians concentrate — was discussed at length recently on HuffPost Live.
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