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Advance registration closes 5 April
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Our convention registration site will close 5 April for all advance registration. Be sure to register prior to this date in order to avoid delays and extra cost. Anyone wishing to register after 5 April may do so in person. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted, no checks or money orders please. To register today, visit www.igltaconvention.org.




Continued success with Salon Mondial du Tourisme
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The 37th edition of the Paris Salon Mondial du Tourisme once again confirmed its status as the not-to-be-missed rendezvous for French travelers. More than 105,000 visitors passed through the trade show doors earlier this month, a 5.5% increase in traffic over 2011. For the third year, the LGBT corner hosted IGLTA and its members, including Suite Novotel, Gay Provence, media partner Têtu Magazine and website MyGayTrip. The Salon was also the occasion for the official launch of Paris Gay Metropole, created in February by a group of local tourism professionals to promote Paris and its metropolitan area as an LGBT-friendly tourism destination. IGLTA welcomed members at a networking reception hosted by the 20 Prieuré Hotel and PG Evenements with prizes offered by Chic Outlet Shopping® and La Vallée Village. Photos by Eric Lahurte photography are posted on IGLTA Facebook pages.

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Chic Outlet to host 'Best Dressed' contest
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For the Closing Dinner, there will be a "Brazilian Chic Best Dressed" contest, presented by Chic Outlet Shopping®. Wear something to exude what you view as "Brazilian Chic." The dress code for the rest of the IGLTA convention is "business casual." For average high/low temperatures, click here.

Vote now for this year's 4 available positions, serving a 2-year term
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Voting is now open for this year's four available positions, serving a two-year term. Voting will close on 13 April at noon in Florianopolis (3 p.m. GMT). To cast your vote, click here. You will be prompted to log in, if you are not already.

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Unconventional convention: Gay lessons from the world's largest travel show
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For all the apparent similarities, gay travel is just, well, a little different than straight travel. When gay travel awards get doled out, for instance, a bit of tongue-in-cheek is usually involved. More

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Chronicling gay history, 1 book and artifact at a time
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At the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gay history is bursting at the seams. More

5 tips for getting a better airplane seat
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You found the flights you wanted at a decent price, but then you pull up the seat map to find only scattered middle seats in a non-reclining row next to the lavatory. Ugh. More




What not to wear when traveling
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While packing for a trip, we often run across items that raise questions like: "It's functional, but is it stylish enough?" or "Can I wear this to certain tourist sites?" To help you avoid any fashion blunders, Frommer's has put together a list of 10 items you should skip when packing for your next trip. More

Disruption warning over German airport strikes
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A warning of major delays was issued Tuesday due to a series of coordinated strikes at airports across Germany. More

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Slovenia gay adoption law rejected in referendum
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Slovenians rejected in a national referendum on Sunday a new family law that included a highly contested clause that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in some cases. More

Myanmar struggling to handle new surge in visitors
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Now that Myanmar is opening to the outside world, good luck getting a hotel room. Travelers and eager investors are pouring in to explore one of Asia's most untouched countries, filling hotels to capacity, doubling room rates and spilling flight reservations onto wait lists. More




Qantas, China Eastern plan Hong Kong budget airline
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Australia's Qantas and China Eastern Airlines Co. say they are teaming up to launch a Hong Kong-based, low-cost airline aimed at accommodating the swelling ranks of China's middle classes. More

Delta to add new flights, destinations from New York LaGuardia
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Delta Air Lines will increase its service out of New York by 60 percent, with 100 new flights and 26 new destinations in spring and summer 2012. When its full schedule is implemented, Delta will operate more than 260 daily flights between LaGuardia and more than 60 cities, exceeding any other carrier. More

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Why airlines have been slow to add Wi-Fi to intercontinental flights
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As competition expands among airlines to offer passengers the latest in-flight entertainment options, intercontinental routes have been slow to add Internet service. More

New report finds strong hotel growth in Chinese markets
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Four of the top markets in China posted a growth in revenues of more than 30 percent in 2011, according to Horwath HTL, the world's oldest and largest hospitality consulting network, during a presentation at the eighth annual China Hotel Development and Financing Conference in Beijing. More
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Nepal will host Asia's first gay Olympics
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LGBT sportspeople will compete in track and field, volleyball, football, martial arts and tennis in Kathmandu in September. More

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St. Petersburg crackdown on gays makes Putin G-8's pariah
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When Vladimir Putin returns to the Group of Eight leaders summit in May, he'll be alone at the table in representing a country that's curbing rather than expanding the rights of sexual minorities. More

Madonna vows to oppose anti-gay law in Putin's hometown
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Madonna's first tour in Russia drew the ire of orthodox Christian activists. Now she vows to defy a new law against promoting homosexuality when she performs in President-Elect Vladimir Putin's hometown in August. More

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Proposed US Customs policy would respect gay couples
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Big news for gay couples returning to the U.S. from travel abroad. The days of being being humiliated at the border may soon be over. More

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