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Registration available for ITB Berlin
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IGLTA's pavilion at ITB Berlin, 9-13 March, will be the largest in the association's history. Don't miss the chance to showcase your business in our highly visible stand at the world's largest travel industry trade fair. Booth share and brochure distribution opportunities are available, with great pricing for small and large member businesses. Click here to view the registration form. For more information, please contact Clark Massad at clark@iglta.org.



Pink tour agency draws gay Buddhists to Nepal
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When Nepal's first openly gay MP, Sunil Babu Pant, launched the country's first travel agency for the LGBT community, the travel package to hit the headlines was a sensational one offering a spectacular wedding, complete with bridal finery... More

IGLTA in Philadelphia
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Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 12th and Market streets welcomes IGLTA members and guests in the travel industry for a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 1. Join IGLTA Membership Development Manager Aaron Riggins and Media Relations Manager LoAnn Halden for networking in the hotel's SoleFood Lounge. Two drinks and light hors d'oeuvres included. Loews currently is offering 10% off Loews Best Rate for the LGBT community. Call 888-575-6397 and mention code "LGBT" when booking the Philadelphia property. Click here to RSVP.

Spain bans smoking in bars, restaurants
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A classic trio in bars all over Spain — tapas, a glass of wine and a cigarette — has just lost a member. Beginning last month, smoking is no longer permitted in most enclosed public spaces, including bars, cafes and restaurants. The new law... More



Nice becomes first French city to earn GayComfort™ accreditation
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As an extension of its new LGBT marketing program, Nice once again distinguished itself by becoming the first French city to earn GayComfort™ certification last week. More than 65 local businesses attended a sensibility workshop and training session held at Nice's Palais Méditerranée Hotel that was conducted by IGLTA European Ambassador Clark Massad in cooperation with Ian Johnson, founder/CEO of Out Now Global and creator of GayComfort™ accreditation. Nice Deputy Mayor Rudy Salles was on hand to accept the official certification along with Denis Zanon, general director of the Nice-Côte d’Azur Tourist Office. Officers from AGLAE, Nice's local LGBT business association, also were present to provide additional insight and to distribute the association's foldout map of gay and lesbian establishments in Nice. Titled "Nice – Irisée Naturellement" (Nice – Naturally Iridescent), the program is designed to attract gay and lesbian travelers to France's fifth-largest city in an effort to increase its popularity as an LGBT destination.

Call for silent auction items
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We have begun to accept donations for our popular silent auction, which will take place during our annual global convention, 10-15 May in Fort Lauderdale. Each donor will be listed on our website with their company logo next to the auction item to increase interest ahead of the convention. This is a great opportunity for members to get more exposure and visibility leading up to the convention. We encourage all members to donate what they can to help make this year's convention a worthwhile event for all. For information please contact Deven Chism at deven@iglta.org. To donate, please complete the Auction Donation form.

Call for board nominees
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Are you interested in serving on IGLTA's Board of Directors? We have opened the application process for this year's board. Please download the Call for Nominations form and Letter of Intent. Make a note of deadlines and dates — a failure to do so may eliminate your eligibility to run for the position.

11 March 2011: Nomination cut-off date — Please note: All nominating materials including the letter of intent must be received by IGLTA headquarters NO LATER than this date!


     
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IGLTA at The New York Times Travel Show
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As part of The New York Times Travel Show's commitment to LGBT travel, IGLTA and several association members are participating in two panels this year. For travel professionals, the panel "Market Opportunities for Growth" will be held at 10 a.m., 25 February. Tom Nibbio, manager of partner development for IGLTA, is among the speakers. At 4 p.m., 26 February, "Discover LGBT Travel: Hot New Destinations, Events, Tours and Cruises" features freelance travel editor/writer Ed Salvato moderating a panel of LGBT travel experts, including Andre Rojer, LoAnn Halden, Kenneth Hieber and Carlos Melia. The discussion will cover the Caribbean, luxury travel, adventure travel, cruises, lesbian travel, Africa and South America. Limited booth space for the show is still available among the more than 500 exhibitors from 150-plus countries. As an IGLTA member, you are entitled to a 10% discount off the booth price. Please contact Cyndie Gardner at (203) 622-7081 or cyndie@msemgmt.com. More
RailEurope
A little bit of planning can mean a lot more traveling. Traveling by train will enhance your entire European experience: no airport hassles or wasted time, and more leisurely gourmet dining as you gaze through panoramic windows while being whisked from city center to city center. It’s no wonder trains are so popular, so make sure you book in advance to get the best prices and most choices. More info
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Halifax
Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info


Gay & Lesbian Travel

Travel Impressions offers travel agents the opportunity to book exciting vacations for their gay and lesbian clients from a gay-friendly only product line.
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Upcoming Symposia/
FAM Trips

23-28 February
Yucatan, Mexico

7-11 March
Gold Coast, Australia


Ongoing Member Specials

Avis Car Rental
Special rate with IGLTA AWD# B450300

The GEM Hotel
New York

15 percent off

Hyatt Hotels
10 percent off with Corporate ID CR05661

Kimpton Hotels
10 percent off with
Rate Code GLT

Millennium Hotels
15 percent off
with this link

Also, don't forget to use IGLTA's Business ExtrAA number, 751626, when flying on American Airlines.

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