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IGLTA takes on LA
As our 32nd Annual Global Convention begins in the incredible city of Los Angeles, we'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of the sponsors, partners and members who have supported this year's event. For our valued members who cannot be with us, we hope you'll share in the experience via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #IGLTA2015
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Welcome new members!
Help us welcome the businesses that became a part of the association in March: Aeromexico, Carreno Tours, Costa Sur Resort & Spa — Puerto Vallarta, Medigo GmbH, Buenos Aires Grand Hotel, BATES etc. Travel, Cruise and Rail Travel Intl Ltd, The Hostal by the beach CB, Rio Cultural Secrets, Odretours International, Puerto Plata Luxury Rentals, Sojourn Active Vacations, Beverly Center, Unique Travel & Getaways, The Gallery Travel SAS, iQon Travel, SellMyTimeshareNOW, Sikeleli Africa Safaris, Hotel Excelsior, Segway Experience, Bannikin Travel & Tourism, Celebrity Cruises, Panorama Brazil, IM Israel Travel, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Airport, PINK INC.
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Join us at WTM Africa
IGLTA will participate in WTM Africa for the first time this year. Visit us at stand Q60 15-17 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden and David Ryan, our South Africa ambassador, will present "LGBT Travel is Not a One Size Fits All Market" at 11:30 a.m. on 15 April. Click here for free registration.
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  Rivendell Media

RIVENDELL MEDIA is the sales staff for more than 200 LGBT newspapers, magazines & entertainment guides & when you call us you are dealing directly with the publication. Rivendell Media will help you plan & execute media campaigns not only by region, city or budget but also by ethnicity, m/f readership, age & other critical indicators.

Small business spotlight
This recurring feature salutes the small business members of our association, such as: Trumarketing, a dynamic sales, marketing and PR firm, delivering creative promotional solutions for luxury hotels, tourism products and DMCs worldwide; and Hotel Le Chantecler, built in 1938 on the banks of Round Lake and Sainte Adele in Quebec, with a ski center, indoor pool, and private beach.
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How gay rights won in Indiana
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved changes by lawmakers to a controversial state law on religious freedom recently, essentially conceding defeat to a concerted alliance of liberal interest groups and large corporations over gay rights. The new version of the law clarifies that it will not allow businesses to discriminate against gay Hoosiers, a fix that Republican backers and Pence had once argued was not necessary.
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Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws are targeting teachers amidst rising anti-LGBT sentiment
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Alevtina is one of several teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after being outed by an anti-gay activist. While most resigned quietly, the 27-year-old music teacher decided to fight her dismissal in court — an unusual step in Russia where gays have faced increasing pressure in recent years.
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174 million Chinese tourists to spend record $264B by 2019
Outbound tourism from China is to swamp the world by 2019 with a wave of 174 million Chinese with $264 billion to spend on overseas shopping, according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Some 174 million Chinese tourists are expected to spend $264 billion by 2019 in comparison with the 109 million who spent $164 billion in 2014, according to new analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg reports.
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Portland, Oregon, to host 2016 LGBT World Cup
It's known as the gay world cup, and it's coming to Rose City. Portland, Oregon, has secured the bid for one of the biggest LGBT sporting events in the world, the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship. Portland, a surprise choice when pitted against a rival proposal from New York, won the bid after an extended deadline and a multi-agency effort to to bring the tournament to the Northwest.
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The Eden Roc Miami Beach
Looking to lounge beneath swaying palms, artisanal cocktail in hand, or out for some raucous run in the sun, we have a scene to suit your mood. MORE
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

US LGBT groups want Obama to tackle Jamaica on human rights concerns
The Gleaner
The Jamaica Coalition for Healthy Lifestyle (JCHL) says it has taken note of an open letter dated April 3 from various organizations in the United States and posted on, urging President Barack Obama to raise concerns about the abuse of rights of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LGBT) community in Jamaica with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and other Caribbean heads of state when they meet in the island.
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Teachers back call over LGBT rights
Daily Mail
Schools should be made to include a positive view of same-sex relationships as part of their sex education policies, teachers have said. While gains have been made in society on LGBT rights, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are still prevalent in schools, according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
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  Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board

The Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board on presentation: The Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board (TCF) is the official marketing company of the City of Frankfurt am Main for the business sectors of tourism, congresses and conferences. It is also the chief organiser of the city’s folk fairs and fun festivals.

Instagram gains serious attention from marketers, advertisers
By Suzanne Mason
In December, Instagram announced that the number of users on their platform cracked 300 million. Considered one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, Instagram has now surpassed the 288 million users of Twitter and has gained the attention of marketers as a serious competitor to help grow their business through visual marketing. With this increased attention, Instagram recently unveiled two new products — carousel ads and Layout to provide advertisers with more options.
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