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Ongoing Member Specials

Accor Hotels
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American Airlines
Use IGLTA's Business ExtrAA number, 751626.

Delta Air Lines
Use IGLTA's SkyBonus number: US0006954.

Avis Car Rental
Special rate with IGLTA AWD# B450300

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Flight discounts for Madrid convention
Book now to join IGLTA 8-10 May at the Hotel Melia Castilla in Madrid for our 31st Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event in the LGBT tourism industry. 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. Airline discounts are available on Iberia, Delta, and American: Registration pricing will increase on 16 April.
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IGLTA Foundation extends scholarship deadline
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 19 at
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Small Business Spotlight
This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small business members from around the world: Floris Suite Hotel is an intimate boutique property in Curacao designed for adults; Jody Weikal/TeachTravelThailand provides a catalyst to teaching English around the world; Mexico Vivelo-Traveling Friendly Guide is a platform to promote friendly Mexican destinations within the national and international LGBT community.
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  2014 Pick Your Perk Special!

Book and host an event by 12/1/2014 and
pick 3 of the below special perks:

  • 25% Discount on Audio Visual
  • Triple IHG Reward Club Points
  • Two 50% Discounted Staff Rooms
  • $50 fuel gift card
  • Complimentary Breakout Room Rental
  • Complimentary Punch & Cake
  • Complimentary Guest Room for Planner

    Calling all IGLTA bloggers!
    All IGLTA members in good standing are welcome to submit posts to our Insider Out Travel blog. Please remember that the blog is a forum for LGBT travel information and stories from industry insiders; it's not advertising space. Your blog post can include a byline and the website for your business, but it should read as editorial copy.

    General submission criteria:
    • Less than 400 words of text plus a short headline
    • 1 or 2 photos
    • Each member can submit once per month
    • Please advise if the post is time-sensitive and allow two weeks of lead time
    • All blog posts are subject to editing/final approval by IGLTA
    Please submit questions and completed posts to Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden at

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    Lebanon: Being gay is not a crime nor against nature
    The Huffington Post
    A court in Lebanon has made a historic ruling stating same-sex relations are not "contradicting the laws of nature" and cannot therefore be considered a crime, said a statement only revealed recently.
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    Should gay travelers in homophobic countries hide their sexuality?
    Lance Richardson writes, "In the middle of last year, on assignment for a newspaper, I found myself sitting next to a Maasai woman in Samburu National Park, Kenya, watching an elephant on the banks of Ewaso Ngiro. Everlyn was my minder from Nairobi. She was also a refutation of the canard that women in traditional Africa are powerless to help themselves."
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    Glamping is a hot trend for 2014
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    The tabloids were abuzz earlier this year with Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber going glamping. Suddenly no one can get enough of this trend. Die-hard glampers have already established that they brought to life this particular style of camping with luxury elements. But the rush of demand for both glamping locations and related accessories has combined with fabulous events to make 2014 an interesting year for glampers around the world.
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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.
    Historic and Hip

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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.

    ITB Berlin 2014: Commitment to actively working for human rights
    ITB Berlin has declared its commitment to taking part in the "Round Table on Human Rights and Tourism." The trade fair also intends to encourage tour operators to sign the "Commitment to Human Rights in Tourism," which has been prepared by the participants in the Round Table.
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    Travel industry urges Americans to use vacation time
    Los Angeles Times
    Help the economy by taking more time away from work. That is the message from the U.S. Travel Association, the nation's trade organization for the travel industry. A study commissioned by the group found that more than 40 percent of American workers who receive paid time off finish the year without using all of their allotted vacation time.
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    Capitalizing on social media to grow your business
    The Guardian
    For many small businesses, expensive advertising campaigns or big, splashy PR stunts simply aren't an option. This means that in the initial phases, business owners are faced with a challenge: how to build the brand awareness your company needs while keeping costs down?
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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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    a hotel collective featuring boutique luxury hotels. Sophistication without pretense. Experiences without compromise. Authenticity without limit. Choose your destination. Find inspiration in artful accommodations at Sixty Hotels. MORE

    'My business's website is my favorite,' said no one ever
    By Mark MacDonald
    What is your favorite website? What site do you go to over and over again? It's probably not your business's — even if you designed and produced it. And the sobering truth is; that your customers and clients will never say your website is their favorite place to go online either. It will never happen. So should we just give up on creating a good small business website then? No. In fact, on the contrary, let's take a look at America's favorite websites and learn from them.
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    Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser
    Stars and Stripes
    Since the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But recently, servicemembers Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Confronting the threat of gay wedding cakes (Chicago Tribune)
    Seriously! Stop using Facebook this way (By Mark MacDonald)
    Why the Ellen Oscar selfie took off — and what it says about Twitter (Speakeasy)
    Nigerian gay people being hunted down (BBC News)
    Independent hotels are ripe for revolution (Hotel News Now)

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