IGLTA eNewsletter
Feb. 1, 2012

Call for silent auction items
IGLTA
We have begun to accept donations for our popular silent auction, which will take place online during the Annual Global Convention, 12-14 April in Florianopolis, Brazil. Each donor will be listed on our website with their company logo next to the auction item to increase interest ahead of the convention. This is a great opportunity for members to get more exposure and visibility. We encourage all members to donate what they can to help make this year's convention a success. For information and to donate, please complete the Auction Donation form.More

IGLTA shines at FITUR
IGLTA
President/CEO John Tanzella joined members of the IGLTA European ambassador team for FITUR, the annual Spanish tourism trade fair in Madrid, 19-23 January. Association member Diversity Consulting organized the third annual LGBT section at the trade fair, which attracted many governmental officials and dignitaries and raised IGLTA's profile moving toward our 2014 Annual Global Convention in Madrid. Tanzella also did a presentation on the economics of LGBT travel in conjunction with the release of the "Global Report on LGBT Tourism," a collaboration between the United Nations World Tourism Organization and IGLTA. Click here for a short video from FITUR.More

Advertise in our 2012 Conference Program
IGLTA
Did you know that LGBT travel is a multibillion dollar industry? Advertising in the 2012 convention program is a great way to increase your visibility to one of the fastest growing travel segments. Target more than 300 travel professionals all at once! Ad space is limited, so book your space today. Click here to view options and pricing.More

Attention IGLTA suppliers
IGLTA
Following our 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, we are co-hosting a Brazilian buyer event in Sao Paolo, from 12-3pm, 16 April. This is an additional opportunity for convention attendees to directly network with outbound Brazilian tour operators/travel agents and media. This supplier/buyer marketplace is produced in conjunction with ABRAT GLS, Brazil's national gay chamber. Brochure distribution is also available for businesses unable to attend. For details, CLICK HERE.More

Travel agents know something you don't
CNN
By the time Costa Concordia cruise passenger Arthur Beach got to Rome, he knew how he would get home to Albuquerque.More

Mexico projects 52 million tourists in 2012
Travel Weekly
More than 52 million tourists will visit Mexico this year, forecasted the Mexican Ministry of Tourism. Predictions followed a solid holiday season and strong winter occupancy thus far, particularly in the resort areas. The number of air arrivals in December was was up 13 percent over December 2010.More

Gay travel gets global spotlight
Metro Weekly
The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association announced that the United Nations World Tourism Organization unveiled its first report on LGBT tourism during FITUR, Spain's leading international tourism trade fair.More

A record year in airline safety
BBC News
For commercial passenger flights worldwide, 2011 was one of the safest years ever. There were accidents on 18 scheduled passenger flights, resulting in 373 fatalities. While any death is sad, the overall statistic is impressively low when compared to the millions of flights that take off each year.More

India: From banning homosexuality to gay tourism destination in 2 years
The Washington Post
Only two years ago, same-sex couples in Delhi lived under a 148-year-old law that banned homosexual relations. Now, India is rated "one of the hottest new destinations" for gay and lesbian travelers. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association listed the country as a destination site for gay travelers, with a list of 11 gay-friendly or exclusively gay travel agents as partner businesses in India.More

Delta Air Lines reportedly considering purchase of US Airways
Travel Pulse
Delta Air Lines, already one of the world's largest airlines, reportedly is considering buying US Airways, the number five U.S. carrier. There also has been considerable market speculation that both Delta and US Airways were looking at acquiring American Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November in order to restructure under Chapter 11.More

Do frequent-flier programs offer value for money?
BBC News
Collecting British Airways Airmiles once offered the reward of a free flight, but recent changes to the scheme mean passengers face increased fees or taxes.More

CLIA to conduct global cruise safety review across all lines
Travel Pulse
Cruise Lines International Association, in response to the Costa Concordia incident and as part of the industry's continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures, said it is launching a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review. CLIA said the review will include a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety.More

Gay and lesbian weddings: It's not the market you think it is
The Huffington Post
Have you ever noticed that, any time a state legalizes same-sex marriage, numerous articles are published, featuring testimonials that there will be a huge gold rush and money falling from the skies as same-sex couples rush to the altar, Chuppah or City Hall to tie the knot or jump the broom?More

Asia Pacific tourism grows 6% in October-November 2011
Travel Pulse
The Pacific Asia Travel Association, in preliminary figures for 2011, said international arrivals to the Asia Pacific region grew 6 percent during October and November. For the first 11 months of the year, South Asia was the leading performer, followed by Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the Pacific.More

State of travel industry strong; hiring outpacing other economic sectors
Travel Industry Wire
The U.S. Travel Association applauded President Barack Obama for announcing initiatives in his State of the Union speech that will allow the travel industry to continue leading the economic recovery and create American jobs. As noted in a recent New York Times article, travel is one of the healthiest sectors of the economy, and travel industry hiring is outpacing several other sectors.More

Ban Ki-moon calls on African leaders for gay rights
Têtu
The Secretary General of the UN has condemned countries that treat gays as second-class citizens or criminals. But these words do not seem to affect the continent's leaders.More

Belgium: Soon an association to unite all LGBT police
Têtu
In recent months, the Belgian police has made efforts to improve the reception of gays, lesbians and trans. The creation of an LGBT police association should help strengthen its friendly image.More