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On to Madrid!
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The staff of IGLTA would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our members, partners and sponsors who attended or supported the association's 30th Annual Global Convention in Chicago. Without our energetic and engaged membership, we wouldn't be here celebrating 30 wonderful years in the LGBT travel industry. We hope you'll mark your calendars now to join us in Madrid, 8-10 May 2014, for our 31st Annual Global Convention!
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History of LGBT travel presentation featured at IGLTA convention
Windy City Times
"Gay Travel/Gay Rights: A 50 Year History/A Bright Future" was among a number of educational sessions featured at the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association convention at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
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Consular Affairs attends IGLTA convention
Los Angeles Times
For the first time, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs participated in the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's 30th annual Global Convention.
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Madrid ranks 4th on top convention cities list
Conference News
For the first time ever, more than 11,150 regularly occurring association events that rotate between at least three countries were identified by International Congress and Convention Association members and ICCA's in-house research team as having taken place during 2012, 1,000 more than identified a year previously.
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Airports, hotels in emerging markets outpace the West
The New York Times
From Asia to Africa to the Middle East and the Americas, the business of business travel is booming in emerging countries. And it shows.
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Brazil's high court rules that notaries must register marriages for same-sex couples
Freedom to Marry
The National Council of Justice in Brazil — the panel responsible for overseeing the Brazilian judicial system — ruled that government offices that issue marriage licenses have no standing to reject same-sex couples from marriage.
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The 12th state: Minnesota approves marriage equality
The New Yorker
Minnesota legislators gave their final approval to a marriage-equality bill, with a 37-30 vote in the state Senate.
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Hotel mobile apps that go beyond basics
Bloomberg
Most hotel apps cover the basics these days: a browsable database of the brand's properties, a reservations booking system, a way to watch your loyalty-program points. But these apps stand out for the creative extras they offer.
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A field that once looked bleak attracts young careerists
The New York Times
The allure of the travel industry as a career, recently seen as dated as a Pan Am stewardess pillbox, is surging as more people take jobs in a sector bolstered by renewed spending.
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Survey: Affluent travelers plan to spend more but cruise less
Travel Market Report
While the affluent are spending more, they are less interested in cruising than ever before, based on data from the American Affluence Research Center's Spring 2013 report, a biannual survey of the wealthiest 10 percent of U.S. households.
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Abu Dhabi airport debuts world's 1st cocoonlike sleep pods
CNBC
Weary travelers looking to catch a nap inside an airport can rarely escape the noise and bustle of the terminal. But one airport has a unique, egg-shaped solution.
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World's tallest hotel opens in Dubai
CNN
At Dubai's newest hotel, an elevator ride is a journey in itself.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Finding gay-friendly tour operators and places (The New York Times)
Introducing the new IGLTA Board (IGLTA)
Hotels, cities with 'LGBT-friendly' reputations poised for growth (Skift)
The best airport on the planet (The Economist)
In pictures: Kazakhstan's first gay wedding (BBC News)

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