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Madrid convention content online
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If you weren't able to attend our 31st Annual Global Convention in Madrid or attended and are looking for more information about the convention content, please visit the post-convention information page on our convention website. You'll find presentations and media links to 2014 convention coverage. For photos, please visit our Facebook page.
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Small Business Spotlight
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This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small-business members from around the world: Minar Travels is a leading Indian destination management company with offices in all major cities of India and associates in neighboring countries like Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka; The Independent Philadelphia Hotel, a fine boutique hotel for the discerning few, offers 24 spacious guest rooms and suites with elegant decor that invites you to unwind and relax in style.
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Gay Days: A different side of Disney
Central Florida Future
The Gay Days event was originally spearheaded by The Center, the LGBT community center in Orlando. The events now attract nearly 150,000 visitors every year and add more than $100 million to the local economy, according to the Gay Days website.

Related article: A look back at Gay Days history (Orlando Sentinel)

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    Gay Days expected to bring $18 million to Fort Lauderdale
    South Florida Business Journal
    Fort Lauderdale's inaugural weeklong Gay Days is expected to bring 15,000 visitors and $18 million to the area. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will host the Gay Day Expo and other citywide events from Nov. 25-Dec. 1 from the W Fort Lauderdale hotel.
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    Inmarsat to launch pan-European in-flight broadband
    The Wall Street Journal
    More airline passengers will be able to tap broadband in the sky to watch live video or stream music on European flights thanks to a new system set up by U.K. satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC. British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group, is in talks to become the launch customer for the system, which combines satellite and air-to-ground 4G connectivity, and that Inmarsat hopes will make in-flight broadband more common in Europe.
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    How to attract traffic to your website
    By Mayur Kisani
    It is important for businesses to have a website — and one that works on all devices. After you have your website for your business in place, it's time to think about how it can be used to grow your business. Think of your website as a billboard advertising your business and spreading your message. A website with zero traffic is like having a billboard that is not seen by anyone. So read on to know how to get your website in front of as many relevant visitors as possible, so it can help you grow your business.
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    For gay destinations, thinking outside the obvious
    The New York Times
    Many who identify anywhere along the LGBT spectrum simply want to go somewhere that is packed with kindred spirits, to relax without having to worry about fitting in with a straight crowd — or, in some places, about the potential perils involved when you don't fit in. But of course a lot of people who enjoy travel, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, want to continuously add new cities to their "places I've been" list.
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    Top 10 new gay travel hot spots
    The Huffington Post
    Sure there's Amsterdam, Miami and Rio, but for travelers looking for an alternative to the typical gay-friendly destinations, there are cities around the world you might not have thought of as popular gay destinations. Check out Cheapflights.com's list of 10 up-and-coming gay travel hot spots in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East for LGBT-friendly vacations.
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    Gay marriages begin in Wisconsin after judge strikes down ban
    The Associated Press via KATU-TV
    Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling. Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a little over an hour after the judge released her ruling. Judges were on hand at both courthouses to perform ceremonies.
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    Marriott launches LGBT-focused marketing campaign
    USA Today
    Marriott International is going after the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with a new social media and marketing campaign, joining a number of major hotel chains aggressively trying to lure the lucrative clientele.
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    Birmingham Airport aiming to compete with London
    By Matt Falcus
    At 6 a.m. on May 27, a Boeing 757 bound for the holiday island of Mallorca departed from the new extended runway at Birmingham Airport in the United Kingdom, marking a new era for the airport. With a population of over 1 million, Birmingham is Britain's second-largest city — behind London, which is only 115 miles away. The Birmingham Airport has grown across the board in terms of passengers, airlines and number of routes served over the past five years and has made no secret about its ambitions to attract business from the struggling London airports.
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        Stop thinking gay! 7 ways to market to today's LGBT travelers (The Huffington Post)
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    Finding comfort and safety as a gay traveler (The New York Times)

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