IGLTA eNewsletter
Nov. 14, 2012

ITB Berlin promotes LGBT market
The gay and lesbian market segment features prominently in a new promotional video produced by the organizers of ITB Berlin. Exhibitors from the LGBT segment have been present at ITB Berlin since 2003, and in 2010 LGBT travel became...More

WTM backdrop for IGLTA networking
IGLTA members turned out in big numbers for member networking receptions at the recent World Travel Market. It was standing room only for "Chic Champagne & Canapés" hosted by IGLTA Platinum Partner Chic Outlet Shopping® and made hosted...More

IGLTA increases visibility in Japan
Ambassador for Japan Masaki Higashida led an LGBT seminar for about 20 tourism professionals in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on 5 November. Participants included staff from tourism bureaus and hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and a representative from...More

The polls are in: U.S. calls victory for travel
e-Travel Blackboard
Following President barack Obama's re-election to office, the U.S. Travel Association was bullish in its predictions for the coming year, projecting a rise of nearly 100,000 tourism sector jobs by the end of 2013.More

Gay marriage laws to generate spending
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
A national think tank says new gay marriage laws in Maine, Maryland and Washington will generate at least $166 million in wedding spending in the next three years.More

NYC's airports are back, but airlines still face huge challenges
The Daily Traveler
If you are among those who've sat in or witnessed interminable lines at gas stations around New York City, you understand the challenges in getting the transportation network back to normal.More

Malawi suspends anti-gay laws
Malawi suspended laws against same-sex relationships and ordered police not to arrest gays pending a decision on whether to repeal the legislation, a source of friction with the impoverished southern African nation's donors.More

IATA urges Asia-Pacific to focus on airports, air traffic management
Travel Pulse
The International Air Transport Association urged Asia-Pacific aviation leaders to focus on airport and air traffic management infrastructure as the region's demand for connectivity continues to grow.More

Priceline.com agrees to buy Kayak meta-search website for $1.8 billion
Travel Pulse
Priceline.com Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to buy Kayak Software Corporation, the meta-search travel website, in a transaction valued at $1.8 billion ($1.65 billion net of cash acquired).More

Airlines face acute shortage of pilots
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements.More