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Call for IGLTA Honors nominations
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The IGLTA Board has a longstanding tradition of recognizing members of the association for outstanding contributions to LGBT travel. These are individuals and businesses who help provide unique, creative and safe travel experiences for our community. We will present our IGLTA Honors at the 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April, and we welcome feedback from our members! Please submit nominees and a description of why they are deserving (100 words or less) by 31 January for these categories: Innovator (created a campaign or business model that invigorated LGBT tourism); Community (a leader who made a difference in LGBT travel on a local level); Networking (an event that inspires LGBT business connections); Corporate Partner (a business that has proven to be a true ally of IGLTA); and Pioneer (groundbreaking work in LGBT travel, often philanthropic). Send your nominations to

EXTENDED: Early-bird discount registration
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Our early-bird convention pricing has been extended through 20 January. This is your last chance to lock in discounted rates to attend IGLTA's 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your LGBT business. Register today at

IGLTA at the 14th annual LA Times Travel Show
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The 14th annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show will feature a special segment on gay and lesbian travel as part of its 27 January travel trade day. IGLTA members Marc Kassouf and Nathan DePetris of Pride Travel will lead a discussion on how to capitalize on the lucrative LGBT market from 2-3 p.m. at the LA Convention Center. The show's travel trade day runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the $30 registration fee includes all sessions, lunch, and the industry reception. Register at and enter promotional code IGLTA to save $5 on registration. Travel agents may visit the show exhibitions for free on the consumer days (28-29 January) by registering as trade. IGLTA Board Member Ed Salvato will moderate the panel "What's New in Gay and Lesbian Travel" with journalists Duane Wells, Andy Bender and Sweet CEO Shannon Wentworth from 2:15-2:45 p.m., 28 January, during the consumer portion of the show.

IGLTA launches Marketing Solutions suite
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IGLTA is proud to announce the launch of its Marketing Solutions suite, your virtual toolbox of marketing products and opportunities designed to respond to the specific challenges of addressing LGBT travel professionals and travel-conscious gay and lesbian consumers worldwide. For more information, click here.

Brochure distribution available at ITB Berlin
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Space is nearly sold out! Join IGLTA in the 170m² Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin and be a part of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries come together at ITB every March to do business in Berlin. Booth Share spaces in the IGLTA stand are sold out, however a limited number of Brochure Distribution opportunities are still available to IGLTA members. Register today and get ready to be a part of the world's largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.

Pre- and post-FAM trips
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Take advantage of our pre- and post-convention FAM trips to explore more destinations in South America. Programs are available for: Santiago, Chile; Machu Picchu, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Pernambuco, and Florianopolis, Brazil. For more information, click here.

Visa requirements
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All non-Brazilian nationals who wish to visit Brazil and who were born in countries that do not have an agreement with Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs should request a visa. Click here to find your nearest Brazilian Embassy/Consulate. Click here for the Visa Request Form.

Industry News

Gay Pride in the Amazon
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Just days before the release last month of the United Nations' first official report on gay rights, the small Amazon town of Benjamin Constant, Brazil, also marked an important milestone — its first gay pride celebration. More

Ottawa declares gay marriages legal and valid
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The Canadian government will change the law to legally recognize the marriages of thousands of foreign gay couples, even if the laws of their home country do not. More

5 apps every flier should have via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now that almost every flier has a smartphone, and almost every airport has charging stations to power up these devices, savvy travelers know to load up on handy apps. But which ones are the best for your entire flight process — from booking that cheap ticket to saving yourself when things go wrong? More

Santa Catarina creates campaign to attract gay tourists
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Florianopolis is one of the major gay destinations in Brazil and should win fame abroad. More

German tour operator Dertour targets gay and lesbian travelers
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Sign of the times and a change of mentality, a leading German tour operator, Dertour, has begun offering a special catalog for only the gay and lesbian community. More

ARC reports record air ticket sales by agents in 2011
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ARC, the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies was up 6.1 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, and up 24.8 percent compared to 2009, while passenger segments fell 2.9 percent. More

Spain's FITUR exhibition to highlight LGBT growth
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Following the resounding success of the call of FITUR LGBT in 2011, the next edition of FITUR fair, to be held between 18 and 22 January, expands both the space for exhibitors related to this segment as the conference program and events planned within the hall setting. More

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Justice minister: Canada to recognize marriages of gay tourists
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The Conservative government plans to change the law to legally recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who came to Canada to wed, even if the laws of their home country do not, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said. More

United Continental introduces new auction program
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United Continental launched an all-new auction program, the MileagePlus Headliners. The new auction program allows United and Continental frequent fliers to use their miles to bid for various action items. More

That's ridiculous! Should we ban jumbo air travelers — or junior?
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When it comes to deciding which type of traveler is the most annoying airline passenger, would you rather ban obese passengers or screaming babies? More

Hertz named the best by Readers' Choice Awards
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Hertz won Travel Weekly's Ninth Annual Readers' Choice Awards for Best Domestic and Best International Car Rental Company, for the ninth consecutive and eighth year, respectively. More

New rules for airline fees: Partial victory for travelers?
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Christopher Elliott writes, "If airfares confuse you as much as they confuse me, then I have some good news: Several new rules are going to make it easier to calculate the total cost of a ticket. Maybe." More

Myanmar unveils new international airport
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Myanmar opened the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport for commercial operations on 19 December 2011. The new international airport is the country's third international airport after Yangon and Mandalay. More

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