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Meet the board secretary: Gail Swift
IGLTA
I'm the director of sales for Hilton Worldwide and have been actively involved with IGLTA for four years. I was elected to the board in May 2012, and at this year's Annual Global Convention was privileged to be selected by the board for the position of secretary. As a strong ally of the LGBT community, Hilton Worldwide selected me to manage the LGBT area of sales for the company. In that role, I not only manage the LGBT-related organizations from a sales perspective, I also am involved in the sponsorship/partnership diversity and inclusion aspect at our corporate office.
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Spotlight on small business members
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Beginning this month, we'll include profiles of our small business members as a recurring feature of the IGLTA eNewsletter. Content will come directly from your online member profile, so now is the time to ensure that all of the information is up to date. If you're having any trouble making changes or have lost your login information, please contact Emilio.Collyer@iglta.org for assistance.
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Welcome to our new members
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Please join us in welcoming the businesses that became IGLTA members in September: Perfectly Planned Hawaii, AI-Travel, HMI Travel Consulting Inc., Glenn Hotel, SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, Blue Bay Curacao Golf & Beach Resort, Next Experience Travel – Cancun & Riviera Maya, The Westin Cape Town, Total Travel Solutions, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Papagayo Beach & Design Hotel, Abby Lane, and Back Bay Harry's.
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IGLTA REGIONAL REPORTS


IGLTA at ETG, Bergamo
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IGLTA Italian Ambassador Alessio Virgili along with other founding members of AITGL (the Italian Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) recently joined efforts to provide IGLTA members and other LGBT travel professionals with educational and networking opportunities in conjunction with ExpoTurismoGay 27-28 September in Bergamo, Italy. Now in its third year, ETG has grown to more than 200 square meters of exhibition space, including a dedicated presentation area, as part of the NoFrills travel-trade show.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Gay marriage 'tourism': How big an economic boom for states?
The Christian Science Monitor
California and New York are huge draws for gay weddings, says LoAnn Halden, spokeswoman for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.
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Airport retail: Options, styles expanding rapidly
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The latest airport retail trends show two distinct expansion characteristics — lateral and vertical. The former is natural, but it is the advent and addition of the latter that gives more depth to the trend and has made a complete 180-degree change in the airport retail scene. Gone are the days when airports would sport a few small shops selling coffee, magazines and smokes, maybe with a small, not-so-fancy restaurant. Thankfully, those bland days of travel are over.
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What to expect from a gay-friendly hotel
Venere Travel Blog
Gay-friendly hotels are popping up everywhere, which is fantastic news for the LGBT community. But what can you expect from a gay-friendly hotel? Well, here are five of them.
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Gay pride parades spark debate as they become more corporate, mainstream
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Initiated as small, defiant, sexually daring protests, gay pride parades have become mainstream spectacles patronized by corporate sponsors and straight politicians as they spread nationwide.
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Judge legalizes same-sex marriage in New Jersey; governor vows to appeal
NJ.com
A state judge has ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
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Four Seasons shows businesses how to use Pinterest
By Suzanne Mason
According to a June study by Semiocast, there are approximately 70 million users on the visual social media site Pinterest. The study also found only 500,000 businesses on the site. Many businesses have embraced marketing through social media, but few know what to do with a visual site like Pinterest. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts showed what can be accomplished with the recent launch of an interactive concierge Pinterest program called “Pin.Pack.Go."
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Pakistan's gays in dark after Muslim nation's first gay website blocked
CNN
Pakistan, ranked by the Pew Research Center as one of the least tolerant countries in the world for gays, has pulled the plug on its only online resource for the Muslim nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
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Would a gay man be welcomed home in Montana?
The New York Times
A few years ago, the band Little Big Town had a hit song called "Boondocks." It was a twangy, boot-stompin' ditty about the raptures of rural living: "I feel no shame. I'm proud of where I came from. I was born and raised in the boondocks."
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Gay travel advertising: Do we need our own invitations? (The Huffington Post)
Which are the world's friendliest and unfriendliest cities? (CNN)
Emergency apps for travelers (By Suzanne Mason)
Meet your ambassador: Jonathan Mountford, UK (IGLTA)
Tweaking your tweets for repeat (By Emma Fitzpatrick)

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