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New IGLTA website launch
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As we approach our 30th anniversary, IGLTA is making a historic step with the official introduction of a business to consumer outreach program to complement our respected business-to-business operation. Starting with a virtual launch in June 2012, our expansive consumer outreach initiative will create a new level of membership for worldwide travelers to help further engage with our existing business members. This initiative includes the debut of our new consumer-centric website to highlight plenty of deals, discounts and giveaways to help travelers better interact with our business members. The new website goes live 12 April in conjunction with the Annual Global Convention. For more information, click here.

Online registration closes tomorrow!
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Our convention registration site will close 5 April for all advance registration. Be sure to register prior to this date in order to avoid delays and extra cost. Anyone wishing to register after 5 April may do so in person. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted, no checks or money orders please. To register today, visit

Board elections close next week — vote now!
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Voting is open for this year's four available positions, serving a two-year term. Voting will close 13 April at noon in Florianopolis (3 p.m. GMT). To cast your vote, click here. You will be prompted to log in, if you are not already.

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IGLTA, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board partner for Pow Wow
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Join us this month at the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow in Los Angeles, which unites U.S. suppliers with global tour operators and media for networking and business contracts. In partnership with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (formerly LA INC.), IGLTA will host its second annual LGBT reception during the event. Network with buyers, suppliers and media from 6-7:30 p.m. 24 April in the 28th Floor Sky Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles (just steps from the Convention Center at LA LIVE). To RSVP, please send your name and company by email to

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Chic Outlet to host 'Best Dressed' contest
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For the Closing Dinner, there will be a "Brazilian Chic Best Dressed" contest, presented by Chic Outlet Shopping®. Wear something to exude what you view as "Brazilian Chic." The dress code for the rest of the IGLTA convention is "business casual." For average high/low temperatures, click here.

Industry News

Survey: Airline service is the best in 22 years
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The old cliche that you get what you pay for is coming true with airlines. The latest Airline Quality Rating report finds that passengers are experiencing better performance by the airlines, even though they're paying more to fly. More


Aruba's Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts offers couples a romantic and tranquil boutique resort experience on one of the "Dream Beaches of the World".

New Berlin airport to open June 3; Tegel, Schonefeld to close
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Germany's newest airport, Berlin Brandenburg BER, will open June 3 and Berlin's two other airports, Tegel and Schönefeld, will be shut down permanently. More

IGLTA announces second annual Student Tourism Awards
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The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association is providing six students from North and South America with scholarships to attend its 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April. The awards allow the selected students to receive hands-on mentoring at the world's premier LGBT tourism conference. More

EU approves British Airways-bmi deal after BA gives up Heathrow slots
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The European Union has approved British Airways' purchase of the British regional carrier bmi. The EU signed off on the deal after BA's owner, IAG, offered to give up 14 daily runway slots at London's Heathrow airport, Europe's busiest. More

Atlantic City Alliance hires experienced team to lead revitalization effort
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The Atlantic City Alliance announced it has assembled its core team, two of whom will be calling Atlantic City "home." Liza Cartmell, CEO of the ACA, will be joined by Jeff Guaracino as the newly appointed chief strategy & communications officer, Judi Ludovico as the new chief entertainment officer and Christine Spencer as the new chief marketing officer. More

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In Asia, a boom in low-cost flights
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The large Asian population, combined with a rapidly developing middle class in a period of economic growth, is spurring demand for more and cheaper flights. This year Asia will see a sizable increase in the number of low-cost carriers flying around the region, offering travelers more options. More

Anti-gay sentiment in Russia gaining momentum
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The anti-gay sentiment in Russia is gaining momentum and legal support, The Moscow Times reports. Just two weeks after a controversial bill prohibiting "homosexual propaganda" came into force in St. Petersburg, a nationwide counterpart is being submitted into the State Duma. More
Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info
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Orlando bids to host the 2018 Gay Games
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The Orlando Sentinel and Outsports are reporting that Orlando, Fla., will be among the main bidders for the 10th Gay Games in 2018. The family-holiday capital will compete with at least three other cities — London, Paris, and an as yet unnamed city in Brazil — for the upcoming sportsfest. More

Neo-Nazi killing of gay man moves Chile toward law
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Prosecutors in Chile have asked for murder charges in the death of a young gay man whose attackers brutally beat him and carved swastikas into his body. More

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Ideally situated on an immaculate stretch of white-sand beach, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa offers its guests an idyllic oceanfront setting. The resort is easily accessible from major international destinations, located less than 20 minutes from the Danang International Airport.

Curious Traveler: Show us your visa
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Q: While making preparations to head down to Florianopolis, Brazil for the IGLTA Convention this month, I had to spend a $140 and a lot of time applying for and getting a Brazilian visa. Because I received a tourist visa, it says that it is good for 10 years. Unfortunately, though, my passport expires next year. What can I do? Should I try to peel it out of my old passport and put it in my new one? More


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Goodbye maps, hello apps: Planning travel on the go
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Apps — those bite-sized portals to mass information and services — have not only revolutionized the way we communicate, but also how we travel and how we maximize our time on the road. More

Best gadgets for international travelers
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If you could only bring six gadgets with you to Europe, you'd go far with these ones Fodor's has chosen. They'll help you stay warm, chat with the locals, and recharge wherever you go. More

Celebrate with Splendor at Kapalua

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Forbidden amour: Imam marries Muslim gay couple
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While launching his book in Paris, Ludovic Mohamed Zahed spoke to France 24 about his marriage to another Muslim man. Ludovic recalled his trials and tribulations, including the problems he faced with his family and the Arab community. More

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European Parliament stands up for same-sex families' free movement    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The European Parliament has adopted its annual report on EU citizenship, in which it laments that same-sex couples still face disproportionate obstacles when moving inside the European union. More

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