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Early-bird registration ends today!
Please join IGLTA 8-10 May at the Hotel Melia Castilla in beautiful Madrid for the premier educational and networking event in the LGBT tourism industry. Our 31st Annual Global Convention will be our first in Spain. This edition will include the debut of an appointment-driven Buyer/Supplier Marketplace (with free registration for qualified buyers) and a keynote presentation from the World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Please visit for complete details. Early-bird registration ends 15 January.
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IGLTA honored at FITUR
The Excelencias Group, which specializes in communications products in Latin America and the Caribbean, is presenting IGLTA with a 2013 Excelencias Award for "its tireless work to normalize LGBT tourism in the world." The award will be presented during Madrid's international trade fair, FITUR, at 5 p.m., 22 January in the Pavilion 3 conference room (Pink Corner), Pavilion of the Americas, Feria de Madrid – South Entrance. IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella will accept the award on behalf of our membership, and we encourage all members attending FITUR to join us for this honor.
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Small Business Spotlight
IGLTA was founded in 1983 by a group of small business members who had a vision of an international LGBT tourism organization. Now, we have members in more than 75 countries and greater mainstream acceptance, but our small businesses members remain the backbone of the association. Join us as we highlight some of these small companies from around the world, such as: Casa Cool Beans, a small, luxurious, relaxed guesthouse located in Rio de Janeiro's Santa Teresa artist district; and VIP Urlaub – VIP Vacations, a German company specializing in holiday homes in Croatia in ancient cities like Zadar, Trogir, Split, or Dubrovnik.
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Meet your ambassador: Andre Rojer, Caribbean
André Rojer is the Marketing Manager, North America for the Curaçao Tourist Board, based out of the Miami office. Rojer, a Curaçao native from the small neighborhood of Barber, on the rural western side of the island, has worked with the Curaçao Tourist Board for seven years.
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Planning to attend the LA Times Travel Show?
"Gain Insight to LGBT Travel" at 2 p.m. Jan 17 with longtime IGLTA members Marc Kassouf and Nathan DePetris, co-owners of Pride Travel. DePetris is also one of the U.S. ambassadors for the association. The one-hour session at the Los Angeles Convention Center will offer practical advice on the market. Registration is $35 for the day, which includes sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., keynote luncheon, show floor preview of more than 250 travel vendors from 3 to 6 p.m., and admission to the Saturday/Sunday consumer seminars. Click here for more information.
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US government issues travel alert to gays, others attending Sochi Olympics
America Blog
The United States State Department has issued a travel alert for anyone thinking of attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.
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Travel industry alarmed over making homosexual acts a crime in India
The Indian Supreme Court ruled to make homosexual acts a crime. This verdict threatens to kill fledgling attempts by Indian tour operators to grab a slice of the world's estimated $5 billion gay tourism market, travel industry sources said.
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NEXT Vacations exclusive cruise groups

Pursue your passion for screening the best new independent gay and lesbian films on Modern Luxury cruises designed for the entire LGBT community, our families, friends and supporters. Cinema Diverse at Sea is NEXT Vacations’ exclusive groups aboard Celebrity Cruises and include All-Access film festival pass in one low fare.
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Visiting the Maldives is the chance for you to break out the brightly colored summer clothes that are so often out of place in colder climates. The higher temperatures and ever-present sunshine means that locals and visitors alike prefer dressing in lightweight materials.

American Airlines, US Airways begin code-sharing on each other's flights
The Dallas Morning News
American Airlines and US Airways, the two major carriers of the American Airlines Group, launched the first phase of codesharing. The codesharing will allow travelers to book US Airways flights under American's name and flight number, and book American flights under US Airways' name and flight number.
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How a content calendar can help your content marketing efforts
By Mayur Kisani
Reaching customers is tougher than ever among the crowd of so many businesses. The channels for content marketing — Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Slideshare and others — are constantly growing. With all of these factors, providing good, attention-grabbing content is vital to be heard in all of the noise. Understanding your target audience, identifying keywords, regularly finding ways to create and publish interesting content are a few of the challenges involved in content marketing. Read on to know how a content calendar can help overcome them.
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Gay travel survey finds leisure trips up, New York City a big draw and free Wi-Fi important
For the 18th year, San Francisco-based Community Marketing Inc. has released key findings from its annual LGBT travel survey.
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Group booking recovery expected to continue
Hotel News Now
As 2013 closed, group business finally showed some positive trends, and advanced-booking data from TravelClick and several hotel owners show that group business will continue to grow through 2014.
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