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Welcome new members!
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Please join us in welcoming the businesses that became a part of the association in June: Marriott Sathorn Vista, Cruise Planners – Lightning Travel LLC, Oscar Wilde Tours, Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel, Bellevue Travel, Japan Deluxe Tours, Gaypartix Productions, SmartFlyer, Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Central, Select Sailings, Boys Town, IMAGINE LGBT, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, SAA Vacations.
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Small Business Spotlight
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Thanks to a forward-thinking group of gay guesthouse owners and travel agents, IGLTA was created in 1983. In recognition, this recurring eNews feature highlights the association's small business members: Nu Hotel is downtown Brooklyn's original boutique hotel, offering the luxury amenities and exceptional service of other boutique hotels in NYC while channeling Brooklyn's distinct personality; e-Tahiti Travel will be pleased to assist you to book the most romantic South Pacific vacation, including the islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, and more; Puerto Vallarta Villa & Condo Rentals has the perfect luxury vacation villa for your next trip to Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita and many other popular Mexican vacation destinations.
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2013 Annual Report
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Please click here to review IGLTA's 2013 Annual Report, which includes updates on the association's activities, membership, finances, staff and board, as well as highlights from the IGLTA Foundation.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Gay and lesbian family travel
    Passport Magazine
    It was just another afternoon in paradise. Basking in the briny tropical air, a diverse group of over 500 gay families aboard a large cruise ship were enjoying their time in the Bahamas. The passengers played on the ship's decks, swam in the pool, and dined in style. But in a surprising moment, the families found the air rent with the shouts of protest.
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    Mass gay wedding held in Toronto as 115 same-sex couples tie the knot
    Agence France-Presse via The Raw Story
    Australians Richard Laslett and Collin Gunther waited 37 years to say "I do" to one another. The couple finally got their chance recently in Toronto, at a mass wedding that brought 115 gay and lesbian couples together, as part of the city's World Pride Week.
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    International trips are now the travel industry's driving force
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    A recent report by the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management provides valuable insight to the future of the travel and hospitality industries. One dominant trend that stands out is the increasing demand and focus on international services to better cater to changing demographics. With the shrinking global economy and increase in outbound travel from more developing nations, it has become imperative for hospitality businesses around the world to rise and brush up on their international service skills.
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    10th Circuit Court: Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional
    Salt Lake City Tribune
    Outlawing same-sex marriage violates citizens' rights, a federal appeals court said in a historic ruling that rejected Utah's assertion that marriage between a man and woman best suits children and procreation. By upholding a Utah judge's decision to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a three-member panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver became the first appeals court in the nation to rule on the issue.
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    NEXT Vacations exclusive cruise groups

    Pursue your passion for screening the best new independent gay and lesbian films on Modern Luxury cruises designed for the entire LGBT community, our families, friends and supporters. Cinema Diverse at Sea is NEXT Vacations’ exclusive groups aboard Celebrity Cruises and include All-Access film festival pass in one low fare.
    The only way to travel

    Traveling the open road, experiencing new destinations and enjoying everything about the great outdoors will never be the same once you step inside a Roadtrek. Roadtrek’s are stylish, compact motorhomes offering all the comfort and conveniences of home, in a vehicle that is easy to drive and can go just about anywhere.
    Capital Travel Since 1990

    Visiting the Maldives is the chance for you to break out the brightly colored summer clothes that are so often out of place in colder climates. The higher temperatures and ever-present sunshine means that locals and visitors alike prefer dressing in lightweight materials.


    Same-sex couples married in St. Louis
    KSDK-TV
    The City of St. Louis made history when four same-sex couples were married in Mayor Francis Slay's office, according to Slay's spokeswoman Maggie Crane. Each couple received a marriage license from St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter ahead of the ceremony, which is in violation of the state's ban.
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    Singaporean gays rally to counter opposition
    The Associated Press via EDGE on the Net
    Thousands of gay rights activists gathered in downtown Singapore for a rally that this year drew unprecedented criticism from religious conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the government to ban the event.
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    US takes LGBT rights global
    The Associated Press via EDGE on the Net
    President Barack Obama's administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home.
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    No, the customer is not always right
    By Anne Rose
    We've all heard the adage, "the customer is always right." I disagree. In my travel business over the years, I have encountered clients who have asked me to do something that is unethical in the least, illegal at the worst, or sometimes just plain wrong for them. How do you respond? The illegal requests should be a no-brainer, but what about situations that aren't as dramatic. Think about a common request from clients who want to cram their entire family in one hotel room despite maximum occupancy requirements. "Who will know?" I have been asked.
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    Why 'Two Bad Tourists' are going global for gay pride campaign
    The Huffington Post
    A pair of gay U.S. expats are hoping to use their international travels to inspire a global social media campaign in honor of LGBT Pride month. David Brown and Auston Matta, who originally hail from Arizona, are the co-founders of Two Bad Tourists, a travel blog which highlights their globetrotting adventures through Europe, Asia, South America and beyond.
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    TRENDING ARTICLES
    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Should LGBT travelers visit hostile places? (Travel Weekly)
    High-risk destinations for gays (Tourism-Review.com)
    Travel trends taking hold in 2014 (Smarter Travel via The Huffington Post)
    Atlantic City courting gay tourism market (The Associated Press via Burleson Star)
    8 things you don't know about LGBT Pride (Gogobot)

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