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IGLTA Foundation offers convention scholarships
The IGLTA Foundation is providing five scholarships to attend the 31st Annual Global Convention in Madrid this May. Now in its second year, the Building Bridges Scholarship program was created to support the next generation of LGBT travel professionals. The program will provide all-expense-paid trips to Madrid (including conference registration) for three hospitality/tourism students, one individual representing a small travel business, and one individual representing a destination or event in an emerging LGBT market. Apply online by March 14 at
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Welcome new members!
Please join us in welcoming the businesses that joined IGLTA in February: Gay Family Trips, HOTEL COCODRILO PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Ishpingo Tours, Jody Weikal, The PURPLE Hostel, NORTH SOUTH TRAVEL - DESIGNER TRIPS, Escape To The Magic, Cruise Planners - Alison Vannoy, Cruise Planners-Sherry Leybovich, River Dolphin Hotel, The Palm At Playa.
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Meet your board member: Rika Jean-Francois
As a passionate social anthropologist, I was actively involved in responsible tourism development even before achieving my master's degree at Berlin University. Living in Greece, my second home, I worked as an incoming agent and guide and engaged in a rural participation project. Back in Berlin, I have worked for nearly 10 years with ITB Berlin, the world's largest travel trade show, and have built up our Corporate Social Responsibility; part of this is to embrace diversity.
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  • Complimentary Punch & Cake
  • Complimentary Guest Room for Planner


    UK Ambassador's company honored
    Congratulations to made, the London-based tourism marketing agency whose managing director is IGLTA UK Ambassador Jonathan Mountford. The company received Service Provider of the Year honors in the recently announced UKinbound Tourism Awards for Excellence 2013.
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    US waives visas for citizens of Chile, making it only country in Latin America to enjoy status
    The Associated Press via Montreal Gazette
    Citizens of Chile will no longer need a visa to travel to the United States for business or pleasure. Chile is the only country in Latin America to enjoy this status, joining 37 other countries in the U.S. visa waiver program.
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    Independent hotels are ripe for revolution
    Hotel News Now
    If Charles Dickens worked in today's hotel industry, he might tell a tale of two hotels: the large branded hotel and the small independent hotel. His story would likely depict the days leading up to a hotel industry revolution as it's truly the best of times and the worst of times for those operating in today's climate.
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    Seriously! Stop using Facebook this way
    By Mark MacDonald
    Social media has changed our lives. In January we said happy 10th birthday to Facebook. Time flies. Because Facebook has 1.2 billion active users, it assures that almost everyone is on it. Most businesses didn't jump on the Facebook bandwagon until about 2009, but it makes sense that many have a page that communicates to their customers. But why do people follow you? If we understand that, we'll understand how to get more followers and what content to develop.
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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.

    Nigerian gay people being hunted down
    BBC News
    In front of Bauchi state's Sharia Commission, a white-walled two-story building, men in dark green uniforms are awaiting orders from their boss. The man in charge of the Islamic police, or Hisbah, says the hunt began when the Hausa Leadership newspaper reported last year that homosexuals in Bauchi had formed an association. The article included a list of names.
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    Confronting the threat of gay wedding cakes
    Chicago Tribune
    Americans have many serious issues to worry about — unemployment, education, who wore it best at the Oscars. But in recent weeks, we've learned that one issue rises above all others: cake. Specifically, wedding cake. More specifically, gay wedding cake.
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    The Premier Men's Resort of Palm Springs
    Originally built in 1940 in the California Mission Style, and former home to many Hollywood luminaries, recently upgraded with the same great vibe we have been known for MORE
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    Why the Ellen Oscar selfie took off — and what it says about Twitter
    Mike Orren writes, "Even those who slept through the Academy Awards know about the 'selfie' photo that became the most retweeted item ever. Any brand can learn a lot from this tweet. While you may not be able to reach national television scale, there are core concepts you can adopt in your social media."
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        'Gayborhoods' have a profound sociological and economic effect on urban areas (The Huffington Post)
    1st public gay marriage in Myanmar may open new tourism revenue (eTurboNews)
    Creating visual content for social marketing (By Mayur Kisani)
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