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Last call for IGLTA board nominations
IGLTA is seeking at least four visionary, enthusiastic and dynamic leaders to join the board of directors. These individuals will work closely with other board members and staff to help IGLTA realize its mission, meet its goals and deliver on its priorities. Complete the application and then submit to The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST on 27 January.
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Member vote required on bylaws revision
To streamline the board nomination process, the IGLTA board has voted on a small bylaws change that will permit earlier selection of new board members. We request the support of the general membership to ratify this change. The amendment would allow the Board Nomination Committee to present its slate of proposed board members for a board vote prior to the board meeting that occurs in conjunction with the Annual Global Convention. This will enable newly appointed board members to observe the last half-day of the in-person meeting that occurs in conjunction with the convention. This is currently not possible because notification occurs after the convention begins. Here are the ORIGINAL BYLAWS and PROPOSED CHANGES. Voting will remain live until 5 p.m. EST on 27 January.
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Join us in Berlin
Join IGLTA in the Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin (5-9 March) and become a part of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries are expected to participate. With 400 square meters of space, the pavilion is the cornerstone of LGBT business at the event. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit
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Small Business Spotlight
This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small business members from around the world — it was through the vision of small-business owners that IGLTA was founded 30 years ago. Peru Wonderful Tours is a tour operator responsible for preparing and organizing exclusive and flexible programs to this magnificent country; Mt. Baker Lodging, Inc. is located just two hours north of Seattle and is your source for fully equipped cabins and cottages in the region; Cuba Select Travel is a British-owned and managed travel company based in Havana providing personal service for all travel and tour arrangements in Cuba.
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Brochure distribution opportunity: NTA
IGLTA staff attends global trade fairs throughout the year, providing our members with opportunities to showcase their businesses without the time and travel costs of attending the events. Brochure distribution is now available for the National Tour Operators Association Travel Exchange in Los Angeles, Feb. 16-20. NTA buyers booked more than $59 million in new business on the floor of Travel Exchange 2013. Download the registration form for NTA and other trade shows.
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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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Marriage equality creates new hotel market
Hotel News Now
Hoteliers need to show commitment to the market to attract LGBT business, according to John Tanzella, president and CEO of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, one of several travel organizations that list and certify LGBT-friendly travel providers.
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Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they 'leave kids alone'
The Washington Post
President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone. Putin met with a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Friday to wish them success at the Games. During a question-and-answer session, a volunteer asked him about Russia's attitudes toward gays, a subject that has provoked worldwide controversy, and Putin offered what was apparently meant to be a reassuring answer for visitors to the Olympics.
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Wellness tourism continues growth into $439 million industry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Living well is a constant human endeavor, but never has the concept gotten more boost than it has with the rise and growth of wellness tourism. A recent report by SRI International in conjunction with the Global Spa & Wellness Summit revealed that wellness tourism is a $438.6 billion industry today. The rapid rise shows that more people are opting for focused tours and trips that will directly benefit their health in some way. The figures also show that almost 14 percent of all domestic and international tourism expenditures can be attributed to wellness tourism.
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US district judge rules Oklahoma ban on marriage equality unconstitutional
Human Rights Campaign
U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the Sooner State.
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Hotels expand mobile check-in options
Business Travel News
Already available at a smattering of brands and individual hotels, mobile hotel check-in is poised for rapid expansion this year across the industry.
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How many American men are gay?
The New York Times
What percent of American men are gay? This question is notoriously difficult to answer. Historical estimates range from about 2 percent to 10 percent. But somewhere in the exabytes of data that human beings create every day are answers to even the most challenging questions.
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Internet marketing: Don't waste your time on the Internet
By Jeffrey Dobkin
Small business advice: You don't need a "great" website. What Internet marketing expert told you that you did? Is the Web a viable way to earn a living? Sure, if you have the time, the money and the talent. And the staff. Then, add more time, money and staff because everything changes rapidly. Every time Google draws a line, you'll need to jump — and don't worry, they'll tell you how high. Here's what you're doing wrong and what to do about it.
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