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Another successful IGLTA-ITB partnership
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The 45th edition of ITB closed its doors on a successful note March 13: Attendance was stable with a total of nearly 170,000 visitors — including upward of 110,000 trade professionals. IGLTA's 60-square-meter stand within the all-new Gay Pavilion was filled with the brochures of more than a dozen IGLTA members and was staffed by IGLTA personal, ambassadors and booth-sharing partners from around the globe. The IGLTA stand was also the center of media attention on the opening day as Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit paid a visit to the Gay Pavilion — one of just six stops on his tour of the 160,000-square-meter trade show. At least 70 ambassadors and 49 government officials visited the show, which included more than 11,000 exhibitors from 188 countries.

ITB also attracted 60,000 consumers and was covered by more than 7,000 journalists from 94 countries. ITB organizers renewed their dedication to the LGBT market by creating the 170-square-meter Gay Pavilion this year and making the gay and lesbian segment the focus — for the second year — of a panel discussion. IGLTA member Thomas Bömkes of Tom on Tour moderated the panel, which featured IGLTA Board Chair Tanya Churchmuch; IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella; Norbert Kettner, CEO of the Vienna Tourism Board; and Tom Roth, CEO of Community Marketing. Following the discussion, hundreds of LGBT travel professionals filled the Gay Pavilion for a networking reception sponsored by Here! Media,, Visit Sweden, the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, with drinks provided by Absolut Vodka. Click here to view photos of the event.

Japan earthquake, tsunami information portal
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IGLTA returns to MAP-Paris
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For the second year, IGLTA is proud to partner with the Monde à Paris consumer trade show. Promoted as the "world's biggest travel agency," the MAP salon includes more than 500 destinations and hosts some 100,000 consumers each year. Held 17-20 March at the Paris-Porte de Versailles fairgrounds, the 36th edition of the salon also will host the second edition of the IGLTA Gay Village. IGLTA is pleased to provide brochure distribution to its members and will host a member networking reception in the Gay Village at MAP on Friday, 18 March, starting at 6 p.m., sponsored by Nice Irisée Naturellement, le 20 Prieuré Hôtel, PG Evenements and the MAP. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Following the networking reception, join us for an after party at the Spyce bar in Paris' lively Marais district. For additional information, contact Benoit Breton at

IGLTA teams up with GAYVENTION in Germany
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Be part of one of the most important gay and lesbian trade shows in Germany: GAYVENTION. Organizers are expecting 5,000 visitors 26-27 March in the Terminal Tango of Hamburg Airport. IGLTA and GAYVENTION are pleased to announce an exclusive offer for IGLTA members: Brochure distribution at the IGLTA Lounge-GAYVENTION is available. Sign up today to be part of the success! Download the information and order form here.

Call for silent auction items
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We have begun to accept donations for our popular silent auction, which will take place during our annual global convention, 10-15 May in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Each donor will be listed on our website with their company logo next to the auction item to increase interest ahead of the convention. This is a great opportunity for members to get more exposure and visibility leading up to the convention. We encourage all members to donate what they can to help make this year's convention a worthwhile event for all. For information please contact Deven Chism at To donate, please complete the Auction Donation form.

US gives 8 more airports approval for Cuba flights
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Eight new airports have been given permission to schedule charter flights to and from Cuba. Customs and Border Protection officials say charter flights to Cuba can now be scheduled from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and international... More

The germiest parts of plane travel and how to avoid getting sick
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As spring break travel revs up, Peter Sheldon, vice president of operations and development for Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System, runs down the "5 germiest places at the airport and on the plane" and offers his tips for avoiding bacteria... More

Social media sites give travelers local insights
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Can the wisdom of crowds improve your travel experience? That is the premise and promise of several new travel websites that are harnessing social media energy for answers that otherwise require asking your family and friends or serendipitous... More

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