IGLTA eNewsletter
March 2, 2011

Convention speaker information now available
IGLTA has confirmed an exciting global group of speakers ready to make "Unleashed" our most innovative conference to date. Look for presentations from heavy hitters in the industry who will help you take your travel business to the next level, with a special emphasis on social media and travel technology trends. Among the confirmed presenters are Google, TripAdvisor, MMG Worldwide, Topguest, Brian McNaught, Peace Point Entertainment Group/Out Adventures, Tourism Flanders, Air Canada Vacations, Gay Cities, Gaytravel.com, The Scene Marketing Group, LAN Airlines, Pink Banana Media and Catalyst Canada. We also will offer panel discussions on Accommodations Entering the LGBT Market, Global LGBT Research, Reaching the Lesbian Market, Sustainable Tourism & Business, River Cruises: A Rapidly Growing Industry Segment and LGBT Travel Media.

Visit the information section at www.igltaconvention.org. We frequently are updating the speakers list as we receive confirmations and a synopsis for each session.More

Save the date! IGLTA Member Reception at ITB
Mark your calendar to join IGLTA members from around the globe at our annual ITB Member Reception, held this year in the all-new Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin. Sponsored by Outtraveler.com, Here! Media, the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network and SAS Airlines, with drinks provided by Absolut, don't miss this sought-after LGBT networking event. Join us for refreshments and surprises at ITB's Gay Pavilion located in Hall 2.1/Stand 108 on Friday, 11 March (6 to 8 p.m.*), immediately following ITB's Gay & Lesbian Panel Discussion.

*Please note: Entrance to the ITB fairgrounds is not allowed after 6 p.m. You must have your own entrance badge and arrive before 6 p.m. in order to attend this event. For more information and to RSVP for this event, please click here.More

Airlines offer free in-flight Facebook
USA Today
Add Facebook to one of the few free in-flight services. Seven major airlines are giving away the social network on their Wi-Fi networks for the entire month of February, just as they would soft drinks and peanuts. It's part of a promotion...More

IGLTA partners with Tom on Tour for annual Gay ITB Party
Just in case your ITB dance card is not already full enough, IGLTA also has teamed up with Marketing Partner Tom on Tour for their annual Gay ITB Party. This year's party will be held Wednesday, 9 March, starting at 8 p.m., at the Ramada Hotel Berlin – Alexanderplatz. For more details and to RSVP, please contact Tom on Tour at ITB@tomontour.com and be sure to visit their stand in the ITB Gay Pavilion, Hall 2.1/Stand 109.More

IGLTA teams up with GAYVENTION in Germany
Be part of one of the most important gay and lesbian trade shows in Germany: GAYVENTION. Launched in Hamburg in 2008, GAYVENTION is extending its reach in 2011 and also will be held this year for the first time in Munich. Organizers are expecting 3,000 visitors 12-13 March in the Old Congress Hall of Munich and 5,000 visitors on 26-27 March in the Terminal Tango of Hamburg Airport. IGLTA and GAYVENTION are pleased to announce an exclusive offer for IGLTA members: Brochure distribution at the IGLTA Lounge-GAYVENTION for both Munich and Hamburg starts at just $450 USD. Sign up today to be part of the success at GAYVENTION! Download the information and order form here.More

Thailand wins 'Best Tourist Country' award
Sweden has awarded Thailand as 'Best Tourist Country' for the ninth consecutive year. According to a report in Tour Expi, the award was given by Grand Travel Award, the most prestigious tourism industry award of Sweden. The award...More

Brochure distribution at MAP-Paris
For the second year, IGLTA is proud to partner with the Monde à Paris consumer trade show. Promoted as the "world's biggest travel agency," the MAP salon includes more than 500 destinations and hosts some 100,000 consumers each year. Held 17-20 March at the Paris-Porte de Versailles fairgrounds, the 36th edition of the salon also will host the second edition of the IGLTA Gay Village. IGLTA is pleased to provide brochure distribution to its members and will host a member networking reception in the Gay Village at MAP on Friday, 18 March, starting at 6 p.m. Watch your e-mail inbox for your invitation to network with other travel trade professionals on this exciting occasion.

Click here to download the MAP brochure distribution form, or contact IGLTA French Ambassador Benoit Breton at france@iglta.org for more information.More

Newest IGLTA members
IGLTA welcomes all new members who have joined the association in the month of February. Click here to see who joined!More