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IGLTA hosts successful convention in Madrid
We hosted our largest conference outside North America 8-10 May in Madrid. Approximately 275 delegates, Spanish dignitaries and global media gathered for networking and education to further the development of LGBT tourism. We'll be sharing more photos via our Facebook albums over the next week. Time to mark your calendar for our 32nd Annual Global Convention in Los Angeles, 9-11 April 2015!
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IGLTA 2014-2015 Executive Committee announced
At the meeting of the IGLTA board of directors conducted just prior to the Annual Global Convention in Madrid, the board voted to keep the same executive committee for the next year: Chair – Dan Melesurgo, Vice Chair — Marta Dalla Chiesa, Treasurer – Ed Salvato, and Secretary – Gail Swift. Tanya Churchmuch remains in the position of Past Chair. The other board members are: Rika Jean-François, Tom Jenkins, Juan Julia, Chris Stanley, Michael McDowell, Andy Mosetti and John Tanzella (ex officio).
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Meet your ambassador: Russell Lord, Israel
Russell Lord, a travel consultant at Kenes Tours, is our new ambassador in Israel. A native of Brooklyn, Russell went on a summer trip to Israel in 1981 and never went back. He brings more than 30 years of experience in providing top professional services for tourists visiting Israel and the region to the table.
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    Small Business Spotlight
    This recurring feature celebrates our small business members. Target 10 is an LGBT marketing agency based in New York City; Monte Carlo Travel, Inc. is a full-service travel agency specializing in gay group travel.
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    Brazil activists honor gay pride, call for laws
    The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
    Gay rights advocates called for a Brazilian law against discrimination as they gathered by the hundreds of thousands in São Paulo for one of the world's largest gay pride parades.
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    Same-sex couples in Arkansas rush to wed as court ruling provides an opening
    The New York Times
    Gay couples in many Arkansas cities rushed to get married as the attorney general asked the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
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    US lawmakers pushing to add Israel to visa-waiver program
    The Washington Post
    Israel may be one of the closest and most important U.S. allies, but it isn't part of a special group of countries that get preferred treatment for visas to enter the United States. Its request is tangled in civil liberties and U.S. immigration concerns, along with domestic U.S. politics. Now, however, pro-Israel members of Congress are tussling with the Obama administration over what many see as a double standard, and may be gaining ground.
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    Destination weddings gaining in popularity
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    What could be more romantic than a perfect setting for the most important event in your life? The idea definitely has merits because we can see the rising demand of destination weddings every day. An exotic location, breathtaking views and perfect camera angles only enhance the beauty of the day even more. With wedding budgets routinely exceeding $30,000 now, it is no wonder that couples have more than enough funds to plan an unforgettable wedding in every sense of the word.
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    Hold that tweet! Building loyal customers in the Information Age
    While the digital age has changed the rules of marketing, a panel of experts at the recent Wharton Marketing Conference suggests that the most effective outreach, even for international brands, centers on personal connections rather than random tweets or texts.
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    Report: Travel was second-fastest growing US industry in 2013
    International Meetings Review
    Data released by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis strongly suggests that the travel industry is playing a pivotal role in leading the United States economic recovery. The BEA's first-ever estimates of GDP growth by industry show that travel posted the No. 2 growth rate of all U.S. industries in 2013, trailing only the agricultural sector.
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    Hamad International opens after delays and shows great promise
    By Matt Falcus
    Hamad International Airport finally opened its runways to flights recently — more than a year after its first attempt at a soft launch was canceled. Built to eventually replace the aging and inadequate Doha International Airport, Hamad International welcomed its first flight under a water cannon salute shortly before midday. Like most of the neighboring Gulf emirate states, Qatar has experienced a massive growth in aviation as its homegrown airline, Qatar Airways, grew rapidly by offering connecting flights between East and West through its Doha hub.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Business window stickers protest Mississippi law (The Washington Post)
    Poll: Women are embracing solo travel thanks, in part, to social media (Tnooz)
    Italian wedding planner pushes buttons by marrying gay couples (Gay Star News)
    Ebola outbreak in Africa and the effect on international travel (By Lauren Swan)

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