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IGLTA announces annual travel honors
Join us in congratulating this year's recipients of IGLTA Honors, which are selected by the board of directors and presented at our Annual Global Convention. These individuals and organizations help make the world more welcoming for LGBT tourism. Chair Award: Bob Witeck, president/founder of Witeck Communications; Community Honor (based in convention host city): Alfonso Llopart, director of Shangay Media Group; Pioneer: ILGA, the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association; and Media Honor: Merryn Johns, editor in chief of Curve magazine. Register now for the convention before rates go up 16 April. See you in Madrid 8-10 May!
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Meet your ambassador: David Martin, Spain
David Martin of Diversity Consulting in Madrid earned degrees from the Vienna University of Economics and European Union Business and Madrid's Technical University in Aeronautical Engineering. His doctoral thesis was "Managing Change in Mutating Markets: Alternative Business Process Management as a Key Tool for Your Business Success." He has more than 14 years' experience in systems and marketing consulting.
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IGLTA Foundation extends scholarship deadline to March 25
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 25 at
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    IGLTA/ITB Berlin 2014 recap
    IGLTA continues to confirm its leading role in LGBT travel at ITB Berlin, billed as the world's leading travel trade fair. Now in its fourth year, the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion at ITB moved this year to the Caribbean Hall (3.1) and nearly doubled in size to more than 400 square meters, with flagship partner IGLTA occupying about 20 percent of the total space. Companies sharing the stand with IGLTA included: Florida Keys & Key West (U.S.); Pink Vibgyor & Irregular Tours (India); Ofakim Travel and Congresses LTD (Israel); World Rainbow Hotels (U.K.); China Star Ltd. (China); Fort Lauderdale CVB (U.S.); Here Media (U.S.); and Worldpride Toronto (Canada). IGLTA, along with its partners, organized Member Networking Events with Spartacus, Chic Outlet Shopping® and Axel Hotel. Photos from these events are posted on the IGLTA Facebook page.
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    Small Business Spotlight
    This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small-business members from around the world: Benchmark Inn is a warm and intimate property centrally located on quiet Dyer Street between Bradford and Commercial streets, just a few houses from the Provincetown Bay Beach; San Telmo is a loft apartment surrounded by cafes and antique shops in the district of old Buenos Aires of the same name; Same Love Holidays offers "dream to reality" specialist holidays to men-only and women-only groups (including family holidays).
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    Disney sponsors gay family event in Orlando, Fla.
    Gay Star News
    Florida is welcoming gay and straight families with an inaugural event for households needing a holiday. Orlando is hosting Family Outfest this July, in what is being called one of the first corporate-sponsored events aimed at gay and straight families.
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    New York City mayor names new head of NYC & Company tourism board
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Fred Dixon will be the new chief executive of the city's official tourism and marketing organization, NYC & Company. Dixon took over as interim CEO of NYC & Company following previous CEO George Fertitta, who announced his departure in December to join outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg's consulting company.
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    Same-sex marriages expected to boost travel, hospitality industries
    Growing acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States and around the globe will fuel the travel and hospitality industries and boost spending by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers, experts say.
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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.

    Top tips: Common social media mistakes and how to correct them
    Real Business
    The cloud, big data and collaboration are just some of the buzzwords many businesses either worry they don't know enough about or feel compelled to do. A few years ago social media would have been top of that list.
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    US, Canada, Mexico to develop 'trusted traveler' program
    Travel Pulse
    Frequent travelers into and out of the United States, Canada and Mexico might soon find it easier and quicker to do so. The Airports Council International-North America and the Canadian Airports Council announced that the United States, Canada and Mexico will develop a North America-wide trusted traveler program, similar to the joint U.S.-Canada Nexus program and other trusted traveler programs in North America and around the world.
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    5 ways to build brand awareness through content
    By Nicole Karlis
    Content marketing is a vital part in building brand awareness. By providing good, useful content to a targeted audience, companies are able to promote their brand and earn sales. According to TMG Custom Media, 90 percent of consumers find this kind of specialized, custom content useful. Content marketing takes many forms. It's important to understand your market and use the formats best suited to its needs. Whichever methods you choose, you'll need to offer new content on a regular basis — and here are a few ways to do this.
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    Will Democratic Republic of the Congo be the next Uganda?
    The Bilerico Project
    A homophobic lawmaker in the giant central African nation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is hoping his country will follow the lead of Uganda and Nigeria and criminalize LGBT people.
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    A great start to 2014 for Copenhagen airport
    By Matt Falcus
    Denmark's principal aviation gateway has had a great start to 2014 and is set to continue with ambitious plans for growth over coming months and years — growth that will rely on more routes and continuing profits for the airport. Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, located close to the Danish capital and a short distance from the road crossing to neighboring Sweden, handled 24 million passengers in 2013, an increase of 3.1 percent. The airport is looking increase its capacity toward doubling the number of passengers to around 40 million per year, becoming the "strongest hub in Northern Europe."
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    Video marketing for small businesses — Why bother?
    Business 2 Community
    Jon Baker writes, "What do you think about using YouTube to marketing your business? Yes, I know it's meant to be the really big thing of 2014, but do you think it works?"
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Flight discounts for Madrid convention (IGLTA)
    Should gay travelers in homophobic countries hide their sexuality? (Slate)
    Glamping is a hot trend for 2014 (By Archita Datta Majumdar)
    ITB Berlin 2014: Commitment to actively working for human rights (eTurboNews)

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