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Support the IGLTA Foundation at ASAE
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Join Meet Minneapolis and IGLTA on 11 August at The Big Bang in Nashville for the 11th annual LGBT party at the American Society of Association Executives conference. There is no fee to attend, but please consider providing a donation to the IGLTA Foundation when you RSVP. Donations support a scholarship program for the next generation of LGBT tourism professionals, marketing assistance for small gay-friendly businesses in emerging destinations that lack governmental support or LGBT infrastructure, and global research to further understanding of LGBT travel.
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Thank you to Delta and Hilton!
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IGLTA is pleased to announce the recent annual global partnership renewals of Delta Air Lines and Hilton Worldwide. These respected brands support the association and its mission throughout the year at the Platinum level, our top tier of partnership. Please join us in thanking them for their support of LGBT tourism.
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Small Business Spotlight
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Without the foresight of our small founding tourism businesses, IGLTA wouldn't be the global organization it is today. This recurring eNews feature celebrates current small business members of the association. Maryland-based Get Out! Excursions specializes in personalized vacation packages, custom tours, family reunions and special interest groups; North South Travel – Designer Trips in Canada is promoting fully escorted programs to three regions in Argentina, this year's "rainbow" destination.
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    Calling all IGLTA bloggers!
    IGLTA
    All IGLTA members in good standing are welcome to submit posts to our Insider Out Travel blog. Please remember that the blog is a forum for LGBT travel information and stories from industry insiders; it's not advertising space. Your blog post can include a byline and the link to your IGLTA member profile, but it should read as editorial copy.

    General submission criteria:
    • Less than 400 words of text plus a short headline
    • 1 or 2 photos
    • Each member can submit once per month
    • Please advise if the post is time-sensitive and allow two weeks of lead time
    • All blog posts are subject to editing/final approval by IGLTA
    Please submit questions and completed posts to Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden at loann.halden@iglta.org.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    UNWTO predicts strong summer for international tourism
    Successful Meetings
    Based on strong results for the first four months of 2014, the United Nations' World Tourism Organization expects a "very positive" peak tourism season this summer, it announced.
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    Indian government has no plans to amend law criminalizing gay sex until Supreme Court reviews it for third time
    Towelroad
    The Indian government has announced it has no plans to change a colonial-era law reinstated by the country's Supreme Court in December 2013 that criminalizes gay sex, making it an offense punishable with life in prison.
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    When the customer is wrong
    By Linchi Kwok
    "The customer is always right." That is probably the most-heard sentence when companies talk about customer service. Yet, in reality, we all know that not every customer is right. I recently read a popular update on Facebook about a group of unpleasant customers in a hotel. According to this update, a guest stayed in a Holiday Inn in Europe, which charges 3.50 euros an hour for Wi-Fi service. During his stay, he witnessed an interesting incident in which he thought the hotel staff had done an excellent job in teaching some unpleasant guests a lesson.
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    New report calls marriage equality in Texas a 'gold mine'
    Dallas Voice
    A report released by the LGBT think tank Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law estimates that legalized same-sex marriage in Texas would give new meaning to the phrase "Texas Miracle."
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    Karin Klein: Stop cheapening the gay-marriage debate with talk of the financial upsides
    Los Angeles Times
    Just about every time a state debates same-sex marriage, a report emerges giving a multimillion-dollar figure to how much the state's economy would be boosted by all those weddings. Gay-marriage supporters then tout the studies as another good reason to support recognition of such unions.
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    5 travel trends that are hot right now
    Travel Pulse
    Travel trends drive the industry these days, reflecting the energy and desires of the world's citizens. In fact, sometimes you wonder if trends rotate the globe by themselves. We've heard about millennials developing more of a voice in the travel industry recently, but it's also important not to forget the baby boomers, who still appear plenty adventurous.
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