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Annual member survey
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In an effort to remain vigilant to our member's needs, the IGLTA Board of Directors invites you to complete the following member survey. Please take a few minutes to respond to the following questions regarding your experience as an IGLTA member or Global Partner.
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Chicago networking event
IGLTA
The Park Hyatt Chicago graciously hosted IGLTA members, tourism professionals interested in learning more about the LGBT market, and media for an intimate networking reception on 5 March. The event was designed to promote the upcoming 30th Anniversary Annual Global Convention in Chicago. Photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook page.
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CONVENTION UPDATES


Late registration rates in effect soon
IGLTA
If you're planning to attend our 30th Anniversary Annual Global Convention in Chicago, 2-4 May, now is the time to register. Late registration rates go into effect on 11 April. Don't miss this milestone anniversary event with a keynote speech from the World Travel & Tourism Council; breakouts from TripAdvisor, Google, the U.S. Department of State, and many leaders in LGBT tourism; plus fabulous networking events set in beautiful downtown Chicago. Register at www.igltaconvention.org.
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Consumer Trade Show
IGLTA
This convention's Consumer Trade Show will be produced by Steven Levenberg Productions LLC on Friday night, 3 May, at the Center on Halsted. An hour of business to business networking will precede the four-hour consumer event. Booths are US $595 and must be booked directly through Steven Levenberg Productions LLC. Reserve your space today!
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Same-sex couples sue over right to marry in New Mexico
Reuters
Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Albuquerque, N.M., seeking to be allowed to marry after a county clerk denied them marriage licenses, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
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How did we build an immigrant movement? We learned from gay rights advocates
The Washington Post
Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America's Voice, writes "There is something about being under attack that makes a movement stronger."
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Google Glass: The next big thing in the travel industry?
Tnooz
In 2012, Google announced plans to create what many considered to be the next and logical step for mobile devices: interactive glasses known as Glass. Now, Google unveiled a new video inviting the curious to experience "how it feels" to wear Glass.
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With Brand USA, a campaign to lure back foreign tourists — and their money
The Washington Post
A record 1 billion people — 1 in 7 on the planet — traveled to another country last year. So why aren't more tourists coming to America?
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Gay marriage protesters take to the streets in Paris
France 24
Thousands gathered in Paris to protest against a hugely controversial bill to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption. Police used teargas to prevent up to 200 protestors from trying to march on the Champs Elysees.
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Russia anti-gay rise: 85% oppose same-sex marriage, 5% support eradication
The Huffington Post
Anti-gay sentiment is apparently on the rise in Russia, with fewer citizens supporting gay rights than did nearly a decade ago.
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Ryanair lifts Boeing with $16 billion 737 order
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Budget Irish airline Ryanair handed Boeing its largest European order ever, a deal for 175 jets worth $16 billion at list prices that boosts the U.S. planemaker's fortunes and strengthens the Irish carrier's domination of Europe's low-cost market.
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Top 10 locations for luxury hotel investment
IPIN Global
The world's highly mobile and rich population guarantees that luxury hotels always will be a lucrative property investment. However, hoteliers can't expect to demand top dollar if they don't have the perfect property in the right location. But what makes a spot perfect for a hotel investment?
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Facebook 'likes' reveal more about you than you think
USA Today
Using a dataset of more than 58,000 U.S. Facebook users, University of Cambridge researchers predicted race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views using "likes" alone.
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4 tips for managing a social media crisis
HotelNewsNow.com
Having a social media policy in place with a crisis-management component is imperative when it comes to managing a social media crisis, sources said during a recent "Crisis Management in Social Media" webinar.
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