IGLTA eNewsletter
Apr. 23, 2014

Small Business Spotlight
In this recurring eNews feature, we shine a spotlight on some of our small business members: Amiel Tours Ltd. specializes in preparing tailor-made programs for groups and individuals, such as Historical, Heritage and Cultural Tours of Israel as well as Special Interest Tours: Ecology, Archeology, Agriculture, Art, Food and Wine; Breathtaking Costa Rica and BTCR Travel Group is a travel agency in Costa Rica that provides car rental, lodging, travel itineraries, international flight tickets, domestic flight tickets, and travel combinations between Costa Rica and Panama or Costa Rica and Nicaragua; ChicGayTraveler.com + ChicGayHoneymoons.com goes beyond gay pride events and gay cruises so that chic gay travelers will be able to have the perfect customized holiday with the world's finest hotels and cruise lines.More

Meet your ambassador: Orhideea Rosu, Greece
Orhideea Rosu, a native Romanian, has been living in Athens, Greece, for the past 17 years. While pursuing her passion for travel, she has acquired over 16 years of experience in all major fields of the industry. Her interest in supporting equal rights for LGBT travelers led her to discover and become an active member of IGLTA in March 2007.More

IGLTA Foundation Benefit
On 7 May, the Hotel Ritz Madrid will host our first fundraising reception for the IGLTA Foundation in conjunction with the Annual Global Convention. Everyone who purchases a $US100 ticket will be eligible for a drawing to win one of five luxury travel packages from Belmond or a Baltic Sea cruise courtesy of Atlantis Events. Attendance is not required to win. For a complete list of prizes and to make a donation, click here. Proceeds support IGLTA Foundation initiatives, including an Emerging Destinations Program to educate tourism businesses in emerging markets on the value of LGBT travel and assist them in growing their businesses, and the Building Bridges Scholarship program to support the next generation of LGBT travel professionals. With your aid, we can increase visibility for LGBT tourism and make the world a more welcoming place for gay travelers.More

Gay-friendly hotels on the rise
With same-sex weddings and a growing acceptance of gay rights, an increasing number of hotels are beginning to cater to the LGBT community.More

Attract new customers to your business with content marketing
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Content marketing is a new ballpark for advertisers and marketers in every industry. With content marketing, your business will be attracting, engaging, listening to and converting consumers who are already interested in what you have to offer. And it's worth the time investment. Traditional marketing tactics average out to $373 per lead, while the cost-per-lead using content marketing is 62 percent less, at $173. Let's jump into how your business can begin attracting new customers by setting goals for your content marketing plan, then making them a reality.More

Some Cleveland Hopkins cab drivers refuse to drive with Gay Games signage
The Plain Dealer
Some drivers of the zone-based taxis operating out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have notified their companies they don't want to drive the cabs for religious reasons, citing rooftop placards that are advertising the upcoming Gay Games.More

Ethiopian government cancels anti-gay rally
The Guardian
A planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia has been cancelled by the government, according to officials. In addition, a plan by the legislature to add gay sex to a list of crimes ineligible for presidential pardons has been dropped, according to Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman.More

Study: Legalizing gay marriage in Oregon would generate $47 million over 3 years
On Top Magazine
Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in Oregon would generate $47.3 million over three years and generate 468 new jobs in the state, a study concludes.More

Phuket Pride Week to embrace record number of tourists
LGBT Weekly
Asia's most picturesque resort is set to embrace the LGBT community during the upcoming Phuket Pride Week in what is likely to be a record for Thailand tourism. GayAsiaNews reports that Although Thailand does not recognize marriage between same-sex couples, Phuket is being promoted as one of the best places in the world for gay people to marry, Pride organizers say.More

San Francisco set for summer disruption as runways close
By Matt Falcus
Travelers using San Francisco International Airport this summer are set to experience delays and frustration as runways are taken out of action for essential upgrades. Two of the airport's four runways will be closed during the busiest period of the year for the main Bay Area airport, but the works are part of a federally mandated project that will improve safety. When the runways close May 17, the daily throughput of traffic at the airport will be reduced with the remaining two runways having to cope with all arrivals and departures until the work is completed in September.More

The top 10 list of least — and most — homophobic countries may surprise you
The New Civil Rigihts Movement
Which countries are the most homophobic? Which countries are the most accepting of homosexuality? The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project recently polled about 1,000 people in each of 40 countries and asked them, "Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?"More