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Congratulations 2014 scholarship recipients
The IGLTA Foundation is providing five scholarships to attend our 31st Annual Global Convention in Madrid. Now in its second year, the Building Bridges Scholarship program was created to support the next generation of LGBT travel professionals. This year's program will provide all-expense-paid trips to Madrid including conference registration for two hospitality/tourism students, two individuals from small travel businesses, and one individual representing a destination or event in an emerging LGBT market. View bios and photos of this year's scholarship recipients who will travel from Brazil, Colombia, Curacao, and the United States.
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Meet your ambassador: Babs Daitch, USA
Babs Daitch, our ambassador for the USA, roams across the tourism terrain with energy, panache and imposing tempo. For more than three decades, she has continuously played an important role within the lesbian and gay tourism community. Since 1981 she has served as product manager, programming director, business development manager, global travel adviser, tour director/guide, and travel event planner; she specializes in outdoor adventures and active vacations for seniors, students, and lesbian and gay travelers as well as volunteer and sustainable tourism and emerging markets in the tourism industry.
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Convention rates increase next week!
Join us 8-10 May at the Hotel Melia Castilla in Madrid for our 31st Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event in the LGBT tourism industry. This edition will include a keynote presentation from the World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organization and is presented in partnership with the UNWTO, European Travel Commission, and European Tour Operators Association. Convention registration rates increase 16 April.
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    Small Business Spotlight
    This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small-business members from around the world: The Travel Company, based in Basel, Switzerland, is an outbound online travel agency selling worldwide destinations and an incoming agency for Switzerland, Germany and France; the primary objective of Outland Cuisine is to create unique moments that preserve regional identity through signature hotels, fine dining and cooking demonstrations; Blue Flame Ventures is a Canadian company that offers seminars and consulting on the LGBT market specific to the hospitality industry.
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    Speaker: Security policies need to protect gay travelers
    Las Vegas Review Journal
    As more states acknowledge same-sex marriages and tourism companies recognize the value of marketing to the gay community, police and security forces in tourism destinations need to expand their policies to be sensitive to providing a safe environment for gay travelers, a speaker at a security conference said.
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    7 key trends emerging in the hospitality industry
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    The hospitality industry is growing steadily and surely, and the outlook is better than ever with new hotel and lodging businesses expanding the horizons every day. While 2012 saw an average addition of 30,000 new hospitality jobs per month, the figure rose to 55,000 per month in 2013. In many ways, 2014 is poised to bring far-reaching changes to the hospitality industry, and some of them have already been evident in first-quarter performances. Here is a quick glimpse at what is shaping the present and future of the hospitality industry.
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    3 easy tips for effective social media marketing
    You've heard that social media marketing can lead to more loyal customers, more brand recognition, more repeat business, more... well, everything. But successes like these aren't instant or automatic. Effective social media marketing requires a great deal of effort. It isn't easy for small-business owners — or anyone — to come up with a steady stream of pithy statements in 140 characters or less.
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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.
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    Uganda enacts anti-gay law prompting Sweden to cut tourism ties
    Uganda President Museveni recently signed an anti-homosexuality law into bill, putting a tourism agreement between Swedish town Skelleftea and Uganda into jeopardy. In 2012, this agreement was signed indicating the joint work to be done for two big tourism events in Jinja — "Paint the City Bright" and "Relay from Jinja to Northern Sweden." Now with this new Ugandan anti-gay law, Skelleftea is protesting by suspending their participation in these tourist activities.
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    Amadeus: Global travel industry set for period of sustained growth
    Travel Weekly UK
    The global travel industry is set for a period of sustained growth over the next decade, driven in part by China's share of global outbound travel reaching as much as 20 percent by 2023.
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    The 12 best honeymoon destinations for gay couples
    Business Insider
    While honeymooners may want to avoid places like Russia, there are plenty of awesome destinations that are just waiting to welcome gay newlywed couples with open arms.
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    Changes in Dallas as Wright Amendment comes to an end
    By Matt Falcus
    Oct. 13 will mark a change in aviation in the Dallas area as the 35-year-old Wright Amendment officially comes to an end, leaving downtown Love Field and its hometown airline, Southwest, free to pursue flights across the country. Southwest Airlines responded with the announcement of 15 new routes to be added from Love Field, starting the day the Amendment ends. What does this change mean for the future of the two major airports serving Dallas — Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport?
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