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Last chance to vote!
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Voting is open for this year's four available positions, serving a two-year term. Voting will close 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.



New IGLTA website launch
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As we approach our 30th anniversary, IGLTA is making a historic step with the official introduction of a business to consumer outreach program to complement our respected business-to-business operation. Starting with a virtual launch in June 2012, our expansive consumer outreach initiative will create a new level of membership for worldwide travelers to help further engage with our existing business members. This initiative includes the debut of our new consumer-centric website to highlight plenty of deals, discounts and giveaways to help travelers better interact with our business members. The new website goes live 12 April in conjunction with the Annual Global Convention. For more information, click here.

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IGLTA announces second annual Student Tourism Awards
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The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association is providing six students from North and South America with scholarships to attend its 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April. The awards allow the selected students to receive hands-on mentoring at the world's premier LGBT tourism conference. More

IGLTA, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board partner for Pow Wow
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Join us this month at the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow in Los Angeles, which unites U.S. suppliers with global tour operators and media for networking and business contracts. In partnership with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (formerly LA INC.), IGLTA will host its second annual LGBT reception during the event. Network with buyers, suppliers and media from 6-7:30 p.m. 24 April in the 28th Floor Sky Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles (just steps from the Convention Center at LA LIVE). To RSVP, please send your name and company by email to Emilio@iglta.org.

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Industry News


Buenos Aires positioned to become gay wedding destination?
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Nearly two years after Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize marriage equality, Buenos Aires, the nation's capital, may extend the right to visiting couples from abroad. More

Chicago tourism wins if LGBTs included
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement April 5 that Chicago is ramping up its efforts to attract tourism is welcome news for businesses throughout the city. More

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Airlines' treatment of passengers slowly improves
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Air travelers who have endured lost bags, delayed flights, lousy service and getting bumped from full planes might want to scream at the entire airline industry. But flying actually is getting better when measured by these benchmarks, say private researchers who have analyzed federal data on airline performance. More

All-you-can-fly airline hopes to get off the ground
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Can an all-you-can-fly, membership airline get off the ground? A team of brothers plans to launch a Santa Monica-based airline to serve executives and others who are willing to pay a monthly membership fee for unlimited travel up and down the California coast. More



Gay men travel to Palm Springs for annual White Party
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Gay men made the pilgrimage to sun-drenched Palm Springs last weekend for the White Party. The annual event included three days of round-the-clock revelry: pool parties, dance extravaganzas, elaborate performances, after-hours celebrations and music. More

Greek tourism to see moderate growth in 2012
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Greece's tourism sector will grow moderately this year, a top United Nations official said, in a rare optimistic forecast for the crisis-hit Mediterranean country whose image has been dented by strikes and protests. More

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LGBT tourism: Do tour companies have a responsibility to boycott anti-LGBT destinations?
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This question was inspired by the gay cruise sex scandal that took place in late March. More
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Visa study: Travel spending returning to pre-recession levels
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Global travel spending is on the rise, building momentum toward pre-recession levels, according to Visa's 2011 Travel Snapshot. More



Rising demand pushes Burma tourism to limit
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Since Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy opposition party ended its imposed travel boycott on Burma, visitors have been scrambling to secure flights and hotel rooms in the country. More

Israeli committee to recommend legalization of surrogacy for gays
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A prolonged legal struggle is bearing fruits, and same-sex couples in Israel may be one step closer to parenthood. More

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Gay Nepalese politician appeals to Facebook's Zuckerberg to let users list gender as 'other'
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In a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Nepal's first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant has appealed that the social network allow its users to list their gender as "other." More

Steps to driving results for travel brands from the new Facebook timeline
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When Facebook finally decided to unveil its new Timeline for company pages, they gave page owners (marketers, to be more specific) a whole new playing field with lots of new tools and only 30 days to adapt and adopt the new format. More

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Travel goods, gadgets and gear: Hitting the road with man's best friend
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Have pet, will travel. More and more pet owners are doing just that, and they're finding all sorts of products to make the journey safer and more enjoyable for both. More

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Lost and found in the travel industry: Not necessarily a lost cause
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Every hour, if not every minute, some traveler somewhere forgets a personal item in an airport terminal, on a plane, in a hotel room or in a rental car. More

Gay New York hotel is 'straight friendly'
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The OUT NYC hotel boasts two hot tubs, a secret garden, its own nightclub and the title of Manhattan's first boutique hotel built specifically to cater to millions of gay tourists to New York. More

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New York senator's legislation would add Poland to U.S. Visa Waiver Program
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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he's seeking a legislative solution to a problem that has bedeviled would-be visitors to the United States from Poland: a requirement that they get a visa before entry. More

Travel woes: The airline edition
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Millie Kerr writes, "Babies are screaming at every pitch. A high school music troupe is attempting to harmonize from somewhere behind me, and I'm beginning to think that my gangly legs will have to be checked to my final destination. When, precisely, did I begin suffering from claustrophobia?" More

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Selling America abroad
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Time was when just the mention of the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Coast Highway or the New York skyline was enough to entice tourists from around the world. But that was before 9/11 and the rise of security barriers on entering the United States. And it was before Asia's economic renaissance drew travelers there. So come May, the U.S. will begin the first coordinated effort to market itself overseas, using billboards, social media, public relations, trade shows and educational campaigns. More

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