IGLTA eNewsletter
Jul. 9, 2014

Maximize your membership
IGLTA members receive discounted rates on a variety of business and consumer marketing products, ranging from web banners to eBlasts. For more information, please visit iglta.org/marketing. Want to reach global media outlets in more than 20 countries? Send a press release via our news service, TravelOutNewsWire. Would you like to participate in a travel giveaway via our social media channels? Please contact International Marketing Manager Camilo Restrepo for details at camilo.restrepo@iglta.org. We want to help you grow your LGBT business!More

Brochure distribution available at DMAI
Even if you are unable to attend the 100th anniversary of Destination Marketing Association International's Annual Convention 21-23 July in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino, you can showcase your business to the more than 1,000 DMO professionals who will participate. IGLTA offers an affordable brochure distribution opportunity for members; click here to download the registration form.More

Small Business Spotlight
This recurring eNews feature highlights the association's small business members: Stockholm-based Scandinavian Perspectives is a leading destination management company with more than 20 years of experience in handling incoming business for delegations and visitors to the Nordic countries; Mexico's Beyond Diving – Playa del Carmen was born with the idea of creating a dive center where everybody would feel welcome, from beginner divers to technical divers, gay or straight.More

International gay pride highlights 2014
Passport Magazine
Forty-five years have passed since the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City sparked the modern-day gay-rights movement. On that fateful summer night, fed up with discrimination, harassment, and incarceration, the crowd of gay men, lesbians, trans people, and drag queens at the Stonewall Inn finally stood up to the police. What started as a three-day riot has become a worldwide revolution. Much has changed since then, and the velocity of that change is something to behold.More

Gay pride parades celebrate history and marriage
USA Today
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrated a year of victories in the push for legal same-sex marriage with gay pride parades in cities across the U.S.More

Using social media to grow your email list
By Mayur Kisani
Your email database is the most important and valuable marketing asset you will ever own. Email is the most personal and direct way of reaching customers. Social media can be a great supplementary tool — to engage prospects and customers, build relationships with them and also generate leads. The more leads you have, the more sales you can possibly make. It is a simple and direct relationship. Here's how you can use social media to grow your email list.More

Status of Indiana gay marriages up in the air
The Associated Press via ABC News
Same-sex couples who rushed to courthouses across Indiana during the three days it was legal for them to get married there could now face long months before they learn whether their unions are valid.More

Miss Gay Nicaragua to fight homophobia
The Associated Press via The Fresno Bee
Carlos Castro hugged his mother and wept after the announcer named him Miss Gay Nicaragua 2014. It was the culmination of a lot of work by the 19-year-old agronomy student and the beginning of a lot more. Castro, known as Amerika Ithzell Korkobas Berdrinadxy, will now visit several provinces in the Central American nation in the role of Miss Gay Nicaragua seeking to raise awareness about sexual diversity and gender identity and to help fight discrimination.More

Travel trends that are buzzing
Travel Pulse
As millennials make their voices heard and technology continues to advance at warp speed, trends are developing faster than ever.More

Hotels respond to travelers' demand for healthy living
By Linchi Kwok
Recently, U.S. President Barack Obama was caught on tape lifting weights at a Marriott Hotel during his visit in Warsaw Poland. The video went viral immediately on the Internet. I have no interest in politics, but this news caught my eye, because it confirms the healthy living trend among travelers. Obama is just like many other travelers on the road: They all work out in a hotel gym. According to a 2012 survey conducted by TripAdvisor with over 1,400 U.S. travelers, healthy eating and exercise have played an important role in Americans' vacation.More

In Baghdad, where 'hello' means goodbye, hellos abound at travel agencies
The New York Times
Iraqis say "hello" when they mean goodbye. This can get a little confusing to visitors who do not speak the local dialect of Arabic and think they are hearing English, instead of a borrowed word that has been inverted in meaning.More