IGLTA eNewsletter
May. 16, 2012

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The new IGLTA website is currently in its beta phase, and we appreciate your patience as the site continues to grow and evolve. As with any major website launch, we will be making adjustments and improvements over the next several months. Please watch the eNewsletter for all of the exciting updates. In the meantime, MMGY Global has created a Member Listing - How To Guide to walk you through the process of making the most of your IGLTA profile: click here. Additional site questions? Email iglta@iglta.org.More

IGLTA welcomes new USA ambassador
Pride Travel owner/COO Nathan DePetris recently joined our team as co-ambassador for the USA. In addition to running Pride Travel, a full-service leisure agency that caters to the needs of gay and lesbian clientele, he chairs southern California ASTA's Young Professional Society committee and sits on the national YPS committee. DePetris holds several industry certifications, most notably by CLIA, the Travel Institute and various destination visitors' bureaus in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. An award-winning photojournalist, his images have been featured in publications online and in print for the travel trade, consumers, and the North American Travel Journalists' Association's magazine, TravelWorld International. He will provide member support alongside longtime USA Ambassador Babs Daitch. Contact him at usa2@iglta.org.More

London 2012: Olympic Games flame lit in Greece
BBC News
The flame for the London 2012 torch relay and Olympic Games has been lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece.More

The gay marriage windfall
It's not just an issue of love or even politics: States that legalize gay marriage also experience a significant economic boost.More

Berlin's new airport opening delayed by technical problems
Travel Pulse
The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport will not open on schedule on June 3 due to technical problems concerning the installation and inspection of fire protection systems.More

Travel outpaces growth of other U.S. exports, sets new record at $13.7 billion
Travel Pulse
Monthly travel exports reached an all-time high of $13.7 billion, setting a new record, according to the U.S. Travel Association. That number surpassed the previous peak of $13.4 billion, which was reached in September 2011.More

'World's oldest backpacker' hits the road again
The Telegraph
A man described as the "world's oldest backpacker" is poised to embark on his latest globe-trotting trip — at the age of 95.More

Mobile phones cleared for take-off on Virgin Atlantic jets
Mail Online
Dozing air passengers face the prospect of being rudely awakened by someone talking loudly on their mobile phone after Virgin Atlantic became the first British airline to permit calls on board flights.More

North Carolina gay marriage amendment to affect tourism numbers?
International Business Times
More than 1,500 people have posted their opinions on same-sex marriage on the North Carolina tourism board's Facebook page, expressing a desire to take their tourism dollars elsewhere and "boycott North Carolina."More

Africa's Indaba Travel Show opens on note of triumph, cooperation
Travel Pulse
Indaba, Africa's largest travel trade show, opened in Durban, South Africa, on 12 May with a proclamation of triumph due to the tourism industry's success in growing beyond its record year of 2010, the year of the FIFA World Cup.More

Experts: Body scanning 'woefully inadequate' abroad
A foiled plot to sneak a bomb through airport checkpoints and onto a plane bound for the United States calls attention to gaps in screening measures that are supposed to detect threats airport metal detectors miss.More

ASTA, GBTA praise new National Travel and Tourism Strategy
Travel Pulse
ASTA and GBTA have both issued statements praising the new National Travel and Tourism Strategy, announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Obama administration on 10 May.More

World's 12 best airline magazines
Always glossy, sometimes stupid, they await you in every seat-back pocket. But which in-flight mags are worth the read?More

Priceline.com sees gross profit rise 47% in first quarter
Travel Pulse
Priceline.com Incorporated reported that the dollar value of first quarter gross travel bookings for all travel services purchased by consumers was $6.7 billion, an increase of 43.9% compared to the same period a year ago.More

More consumers plan summer travel as sentiment improves
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. consumers in May felt better about both the current economy and the future, according to a recent survey. More also are planning to travel this summer.More

Free Wi-Fi, more leg room, leather seats on Greyhound? Really
Los Angeles Times
Greyhound Express, a new premium bus service, rolled out for routes that link Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and other California cities.More

Hotels creating relaxing retreats close to the runway
The New York Times
Hotels at airports used to be lonely places where blackout curtains and soundproof walls were the biggest selling points. But creating ever more deluxe, relaxing retreats close to or even in the middle of airports is a growing trend.More

Avoid family-travel mishaps with AAA's tips
Cars.com via Chicago Tribune
Just in time for summer planning, AAA has some important tips and reminders.More

10 tricks for saving on summer airfare
SmarterTravel.com via USA Today
If it seems like the airlines have a few new tricks up their sleeves this summer, it's not your imagination.More

Same-sex wedding expo gives gays great ideas
The Courtyard by Marriott in Livonia, Mich., was overflowing with love on 29 April as more than 300 people came out for Between The Lines' second annual Same-Sex Wedding Expo. The event, which was sponsored by Comerica, gave attendees a chance to meet gay-friendly vendors for every aspect of wedding planning.More

New York City crackdown on hotels affects quaint B&B's too
The New York Times
Armed with a new state law, the New York City has spent the past year cracking down on the growing industry of short-term rentals.More