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LAST WEEK TO REGISTER
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This is the last week to register for the IGLTA 28th Annual Global Convention. After Friday, 6 May, registration only will be available on-site with a surcharge of US $100. Register today!



City officials in Moscow approve gay pride event
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It appears that there is some good news for the highly debated Moscow Pride: City officials have approved the event for the first time since 2006. More

Complimentary 'Aqualicious' tickets available
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Special promotion: IGLTA convention attendees receive free tickets to the Aqualicious Tea Dance on Sunday, 15 May, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Surfcomber Resort in Miami Beach. Proceeds from this LGBT event benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women. To reserve your complimentary tickets, please email loann@iglta.org no later than 6 May.

Voting for 2011 Board of Directors to close 13 May
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Voting is currently open for this year's five open positions on the Board of Directors. To cast your vote, simply log in at www.iglta.org and follow the link to the voting site. Voting will close at 12:00 EDT on 13 May. Click here to vote now!

SAVE THE DATE: IGLTA's first Pow Wow party
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Join IGLTA and presenting partners Community Marketing, GayCities and Kimpton at San Francisco's chic Infusion Lounge for networking, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails on the open night of the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow, from 6 to 8 p.m. on 23 May. Click here to RSVP. The party is open to all IGLTA members attending this year's Pow Wow. IGLTA also will have a booth at the show for the first time. IGLTA members (buyers and suppliers) can take advantage of special pricing to promote their U.S. travel offerings at our Pow Wow booth (#2733). Please click here for the brochure distribution form.

5 best practices for travel, tourism brands on Facebook
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The following are some best practices for travel and tourism brands on Facebook — borrowed from the big players in the industry — that will help you attract Gadling jet-setters and secure more reservations. More

France to implement new hotel classification system
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France has introduced a new hotel classification system to help international tourists find accommodation that will meet their expectations. More

Delta: Asia traffic down 25%
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The Japanese earthquake and tsunami has caused the number of passengers traveling with Delta through Asia to decline significantly, said a senior figure at the airline. More

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Royal wedding boosts UK tourism
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According to a report in eTravel Blackboard Australia, British Airways reported that bookings grew by an extra 250,000 people in the week leading up to Kate Middleton and Prince William's nuptials while Expedia reported a 30% increase in hotel bookings between April 25 and 29 compared to same time last year. More

Obama's visit to South America energizes tourism industry's fight for visa waivers
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Drive along International Drive in Orlando, Fla., these days and there's no mistaking that the Brazilians are back in a big way. The country's green-and-yellow flag adorns everything from outlet centers to Sebastian's Pizza. Signs in one shopping plaza advertise a Brazilian restaurant beside a Brazilian bakery, next to a Brazilian hairdresser. More

TripAdvisor gets thumbs up for getting down and dirty
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While many see it as a ploy to generate attention, TripAdvisor — a website that promotes hotel reviews submitted by actual guests for fellow travelers — has received a thumbs up from hotel and hygiene experts for its recently unveiled... More

Delegate Handbook now available
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For those attending the convention, please download the Delegate Handbook. This document has all the information you need to ship boxes, use transportation and learn about some of our shows. If you already are registered, you should have received this by email.

Member benefits
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Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members:
RailEurope
A little bit of planning can mean a lot more traveling. Traveling by train will enhance your entire European experience: no airport hassles or wasted time, and more leisurely gourmet dining as you gaze through panoramic windows while being whisked from city center to city center. It’s no wonder trains are so popular, so make sure you book in advance to get the best prices and most choices. More info
Expedia
Plan your next great vacation with Expedia. As the world's largest online travel agency, we make it easy to get the best prices on flights, hotels, and flight + hotel vacations. More info
Halifax
Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info

Ongoing Member Specials

Accor Hotels
10% off

American Airlines
Use IGLTA's Business ExtrAA number, 751626, when flying.

Avis Car Rental
Special rate with IGLTA AWD# B450300

Hertz
Save with CDP# 1908624

Hyatt Hotels
10% off with Corporate ID CR05661

Millennium Hotels
15% off

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