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Successful ASAE event benefits IGLTA Foundation
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IGLTA partnered with Meet Minneapolis and Delta Air Lines on 11 August for the 11th annual LGBT party at ASAE's conference, attracting more than 400 attendees to Nashville's The Big Bang dueling piano bar. It was IGLTA's most well-attended ASAE event to date, raising $3,800 for the IGLTA Foundation. 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. Scenes from the evening are shared on our Facebook page.
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Small Business Spotlight
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Join us in supporting the small business members of the association. Thanks to a group of small gay guesthouse owners and travel agents, IGLTA was created in 1983. Fifteen Beacon Hotel is a haven of serenity amid the bustle of Boston's commerce and sightseeing; the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace is a charming Chicago boutique hotel nestled in the vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, just minutes away from dozens of downtown attractions.
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TravelOutNewsWire, created with our partners at NLGJA and Witeck Communications, places your press release into the inboxes of more than 350 media outlets and freelancers in more than 20 countries. Each recipient opted in to the list because they cover LGBT travel. IGLTA member rates are only $240 per release, and you may upload and pay directly at iglta.org/tonw. If you attended this year's Annual Global Convention in Madrid, you're eligible for a special half-price rate on one news release. Please email loann.halden@iglta.org to coordinate your discount.
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Obama welcomes foreign LGBT athletes to the United States for Gay Games 9 in Cleveland
The Advocate
In a video shown at Quicken Loans Arena's opening ceremony, President Barack Obama mentioned that the last U.S.-based games were held in his hometown of Chicago in 2006, and he says many LGBT rights have advanced since then. But he also acknowledged competitors who traveled from places where being open is not very easy.
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Uganda holds first pride rally after law overturned
The Guardian
Uganda has hosted its first gay pride rally since a draconian anti-homosexuality law was overturned by the courts. The overturned law, condemned as "abominable" by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life.
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Kenya considers 'stone the gays' bill
Pink News
A new anti-gay bill that would see gay people sentenced to death by stoning is under discussion in Kenya. It would introduce harsh punishments for homosexuality, with life imprisonment or the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality."
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Change in North Carolina gay-marriage law could benefit businesses
Asheville Citizen-Times
The hot-button issue of same-sex marriage may draw fiery debate from both sides, but there's no arguing that gay weddings have the potential to mean big business — especially in Asheville, North Carolina. As North Carolina awaits the next steps in judicial rulings that could make same-sex marriage legal in the state, event planners and business owners who provide services for wedding ceremonies and celebrations are watching with interest.
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Travel industry relying on young spenders
By Archita Datta Majumdar
A report released by the Boston Consulting Group last year depicted figures that detail how millennials will bypass their elders and make up the biggest travel demographic in 5-10 years. Social media and emerging technology have shrunk the global economy and enabled businesses to expand beyond horizons faster than ever before. As distant lands became more accessible, young minds were naturally beckoned to explore. Because these young travelers are more tech savvy than their older counterparts and totally immersed in social media, the industry has been quick to capitalize.
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Survey: Hoteliers missing opportunity in social media marketing
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Although most people book hotels online, many hoteliers fail to advertise in the place where Internet users spend most of their time: social networks.
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Dark tourism: 5 macabre Southeast Asia destinations
CNN
Dark tourism is gaining ground as more travelers seek out authentic experiences. The genre has also gained a newfound respectability in academic circles after the establishment of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research at the University of Lancashire in England in 2012, which defines it as: "the act of travel to sites, attractions and exhibitions of death, disaster or the seemingly macabre."
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Mendoza, Argentina, wineries lure LGBT travelers
Buenos Aires Herald
If "in wine, there's truth" — as the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder once wrote — then the hoards of gay tourists sipping glasses of Malbec at the foothills of the Andes Mountains each year could well be proof that Argentina's same-sex marriage legislation is having an impact on the country's tourism sector. Or is it just a case of good grapes?
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    A new volunteer program for LGBT travelers (The New York Times)
Amsterdam still popular for Pride, LGBT travel (NL Times)
Travel agents booking vacations for early 2015 and beyond (Travel Weekly)
Uganda anti-gay law declared 'null and void' by constitutional court (The Guardian)

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