IGLTA eNewsletter
Jul. 16, 2014

Book TBEX today, IGLTA discount!
IGLTA is a proud media partner of TBEX '14, the largest travel blog event, where top speakers and popular travel bloggers come together and share their secrets for the travel industry. TBEX attendees make direct connections during the speed networking sessions, which are one-on-one appointments between travel industry professionals (DMOs, TBEX sponsors, organizations) and travel bloggers​. Join us at this year's conference in Cancun, Mexico, 11-13 September and take advantage of the 20 percent IGLTA registration discount; use code IGLTA20 when booking at tbexcon.com/2014-north-america. (Book before midnight PDT on 17 July and save even more!) Until then, see you on Twitter @IGLTA and @TBEXevents.More

Small Business Spotlight
This recurring eNews feature highlights the association's small business members: In Touch Travel Services LLC is a Connecticut-based company specialized in legal travel to Cuba under a specific license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury that has partnered with Cuban providers and private tour guides to provide an unparalleled experience discovering the Cuban LGBT community; HealthPlans123.com offers international travel health insurance for coverage when you travel or live outside of your home country. More

UK ambassador, made host networking event in London
U.K. Ambassador Jonathan Mountford and his tourism marketing/PR agency, made, organized an exclusive networking evening for all U.K. and Ireland IGLTA members at London's Planet Hollywood on 10 July. Among the attendees was Steve Jewitt-Fleet, a representative from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who provided travel advice for destinations that are the least gay friendly. See photos from the event in our Facebook albums.More

Same-sex wedding boom expected if Florida's ban falls
Tampa Bay Times
"You cannot deny the benefit it would have on Florida business," said Mike Novella, owner of the event space Nova 535 in St. Petersburg, which already hosts same-sex commitment ceremonies. "Florida is one of the top wedding destinations in the world already. Why wouldn't we want more weddings? It wouldn't just be locals getting married. Couples would flock here." John Tanzella, president/CEO of the Fort Lauderdale-based International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, said Novella is correct.More

Gay marriage is now legal in the Mexican state of Nayarit
The News via The Yucatan Times
The Civil Registry of Tepic, capital city of the state of Nayarit, has adopted the federal ruling to formalize same-sex marriages, informed the Council of the Federal Judiciary.More

5 reasons why Curacao needs to be on your LGBT travel radar
The Huffington Post
With an authenticity that can be hard to come by in the Caribbean, Curacao has the highest membership rate of businesses in the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association and a tight-knit community of friendly, accepting locals.More

Arizona could enjoy nearly $62 million economic boost over 3 years with gay marriage
Gay Star News
Gay marriage is not legal in Arizona but it could provide a big boost to the Grand Canyon State's economy if it were. Weddings and the tourism they would bring to the state could add an estimated $61.9 million to the state's economy over the first three years with nearly $40 million of that boost coming in year one, according to a new study by the Williams Institute.More

Promoting business online but not on mobile devices: A small mistake or big failure?
By Linchi Kwok
I was craving for dim sum the other day. A friend of mine recommended I try Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village in San Gabriel Valley, California. He told me the food was good and it was an upper-upscale restaurant for dim sum. In addition, he could pass me a voucher of $17 through WeChat, which is a mobile app similar to WhatsApp but is dominant in mainland China. I looked up the restaurant using my iPhone. It seemed the restaurant presented the food well. In general, people posted positive comments about the food, but with a few complaints about the service.More

A look at what's next for gay marriage in the US
ABC News
Utah's decision to ask the nation's highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.More

Study: Yes, there are benefits of offering free Wi-Fi
Small Business Trends
It's gotten much more common today to find businesses that offer complimentary Wi-Fi for their patrons, especially in cities. Still, there are many places outside of Big-City-America where free Wi-Fi is the exception and not the rule. If you are on the fence about whether to offer free Wi-Fi to your customers, you may be wondering: Is there any real evidence of the benefits of offering free Wi-Fi?More

Countries congratulate Vietnam for its nondiscriminatory LGBT policy
Gay Asia News via Fridae
Many Asian countries have congratulated Vietnam during an international meeting for being a model for its nondiscriminatory and caring attitude toward its LGBT community.More

76-year-old ban on gay sex challenged in Singapore's top court
Bloomberg via South China Morning Post
Singapore's highest court began hearing challenges to a 76-year-old ban on gay sex. Lawyers for Kenneth Chee and Gary Lim argued that the ban, first adopted under British colonial rule in 1938, discriminates against gay men and violates rights to equal protection guaranteed by Singapore's constitution.More