IGLTA eNewsletter
Sep. 18, 2013

Congrats to the latest IGLTA contest winner
Rita Patel of Lawrenceville, Ga., is the latest winner of a travel package from IGLTA. She will receive a three-night stay at ME Cabo in Mexico, two round-trip tickets with AeroMexico Friendly and adventure activities. A special thanks to our media partners for this promotion: MIXBrasil and Anodis.com. Watch the IGLTA Facebook Page for our next giveaway – a trip to Aruba! If you'd like to have your business promoted via one of our consumer giveaways, please contact International Marketing Manager Camilo Restrepo at camilo.restrepo@iglta.org.More

WTM 2013 exhibition opportunities for IGLTA members
IGLTA is partnering with the European Tour Operators Association to give our members the chance to exhibit on the ETOA stand at World Travel Market, 4-7 November. The stand is located at the entrance of the Global Village and offers locations with fantastic visibility and brand exposure. For details and prices, please visit www.etoa.org/wtm or contact Laura Baggio at lbaggio@etoa.org, +44 (0)20 7290 1204.More

Minneapolis mayor to Wisconsin same-sex couples: 'Marry in Minnesota'
Human Rights Campaign
The "Marry in Minneapolis" campaign aims to capitalize on the economic benefits that marriage equality brings to states with laws on the books.More

New Orleans promoted as a gay honeymoon haven
The Associated Press via Philly.com
Thousands of visitors roll into New Orleans this week for Southern Decadence: five days of celebration of gay culture in a city now being promoted by tourism officials as a honeymoon site for same-sex newlyweds — despite the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. "It just shows the dichotomy between what business knows in the state and what our political leaders think," said gay rights activist John Hill.More

Edinburgh Airport — increasingly the place where Scotland meets the world
By Matt Falcus
Edinburgh has reportedly weathered the poor economic climate quite well, and its airport could be described as thriving, on the back of new routes and record passenger figures. The airport is now looking to capitalize on this position by committing to expansion for the future. A recent announcement outlines a terminal expansion costing $39 million at the heart of a bigger $233 million investment in the airport.More

World Travel Awards winners glitter in Antigua
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Sandals Resorts International, Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines were among the top tourism industry stakeholders to emerge victorious from the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North American Gala Ceremony. The event was hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa and welcomed guests from across the region.More

Why travel and tourism matters to the US, global economies
As the U.S. and world economy are continuing the long, slow road toward recovery, it's important to remember the impact of the travel. Travel is not just investment in resorts and vacations, it's investment in transportation, infrastructure and development.More

Smart glasses will re-envision travel as we know it
A couple runs through an airport, anxiously looking at real-time flight updates via a head-mounted display. A man asks his smart glasses how to say "delicious" in Thai while using both hands to eat. Another man sees factoids about various landmarks appear in front of him while touring California's wine country with friends. The future? Not at all: These are all things Google Glass can do right now, aptly demonstrated (in ideal fashion) in Google videos.More

Facebook Graph search for small businesses
By Mayur Kisani
In January, Facebook started rolling out a highly anticipated beta version of a new search feature, Graph Search. It was initially thought to be Facebook's answer to traditional search engines like Google, but has turned out to be a much more specific and better search functionality within Facebook. Graph Search enables users to search for anything specific — what their friends like, which restaurants they have been to in a location — or something more personal like their photos from a specified time. So how can small businesses benefit from Graph Search?More

Vintage travel posters show tourism's heyday
The Huffington Post
Once upon a time, before the Internet and cruise-ship debacles, travel was an elegant, exotic event.More