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Brazil convention our largest outside North America
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IGLTA's 29th Annual Global Convention, our first held in South America, attracted 263 participants from 23 countries, making it our best-attended conference outside of North America. Florianopolis, Brazil served as the beautiful setting for three days of education and networking that including major presentations from Google, IBM and MMGY Global. The convention also highlighted the launch of the new IGLTA website and our nonprofit Foundation for LGBT Tourism. More than 20 LGBT media outlets and freelance writers from around the world joined Brazilian reporters in covering the events. A special thank you to our convention sponsors: EMBRATUR, the Santa Catarina Tourism Board, ABRAT GLS, the Florianopolis CVB, Barefoot Wine, Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, IBM, MMGY Global, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Argentina Tourism, and Pernambuco Tourism.

Save the dates!
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IGLTA will celebrate a milestone anniversary in Chicago next year. The 30th Annual Global Convention is set for 1-5 May 2013. Watch for updates.

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Drag queens hit the high seas on theme cruise
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Call it an all-drag-queens, all-the-time extravaganza. A Florida travel agent has announced plans for a group sailing on a Royal Caribbean ship that will feature nearly half a dozen drag queens performing for and mingling with participants. More

A drag queen cruise to Jamaica?
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While the "extravaganza" sounds like a party on the high seas, there is one major problem: The cruise that is meant to attract gay travelers is docking in notoriously anti-gay Jamaica. More

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10 breathtaking sights you'll miss if you boycott anti-gay countries
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Laurence Watts writes, "My personal view is that you do little to change LGBT rights in such countries by boycotting them. Instead, you'll deny ordinary citizens in those countries income and jobs, and you'll miss out on some of the best tourism our little planet has to offer." More


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Edge Media names Scandinavian Airlines the favorite gay-friendly airline
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Scandinavian Airlines was named favorite airline at the EDGE Awards after 70,000 online votes had been cast. The annual competition features a number of categories within travel, lifestyle and entertainment, and is organized by one of the leading LGBT media houses in the U.S., Edge Media. More

IGLTA launches new site at conference in Brazil
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At their 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association facilitated panels, led group excursions and gave out awards. It also announced a partnership with multimillion-dollar marketing firm MMGY Global that resulted in a a new website, More

17% of Hispanic mobile users use apps to purchase travel
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RedMas, Hispanic Mobile Ad Network and Mobile Studio revealed the results of their survey of a sampling of the more than 28 million Hispanic mobile users in the United States who responded to questions about their vacation preferences and the use of their mobile devices during this time of leisure. More

New York-area airports may charge disruptive fliers for delays
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Unruly airline passengers at any of the three New York area airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty) soon may have to go to court and pay for the cost of delaying a flight. More

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Airlines: Low cost fares, higher fees
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With the rise in the cost of jet fuel, airlines are struggling to get you to buy a ticket without losing money on the sale. That means both hazard and opportunity as you plan your summer travel. More
A little bit of planning can mean a lot more traveling. Traveling by train will enhance your entire European experience: no airport hassles or wasted time, and more leisurely gourmet dining as you gaze through panoramic windows while being whisked from city center to city center. It’s no wonder trains are so popular, so make sure you book in advance to get the best prices and most choices. More info
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9 animals you wouldn't expect to see in a hotel
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Sure, cats and dogs are fun hotel pets, but so are the penguins, wolves and giraffes that call these resorts around the world home. More

Gay travel: Key West gearing up for June 6 Pride
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every day in Key West feels like a pride celebration. This popular Florida resort town was the first to pursue the LGBT dollar, and it continues to be one of the top gay destinations in the United States. More

Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa
Ideally situated on an immaculate stretch of white-sand beach, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa offers its guests an idyllic oceanfront setting. The resort is easily accessible from major international destinations, located less than 20 minutes from the Danang International Airport.

Windsor-Essex courts gay, lesbian tourism market
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Officials and business leaders from Windsor-Essex are courting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists. Travel Gay Canada, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture have partnered to establish LGBT tourist destinations in the province. Windsor is one of them. More


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Travel tech: Low-priced essentials for every trip
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The instant that electronic ding signals we've climbed past 10,000 feet, we Pavlovian travelers drool, then feverishly reach for our treasured e-readers, tablets, game players, laptops and smartphones. Yet it's the lower profile, smaller ticket items that come through for us time and again. More

Why every American needs to experience international travel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Davey Wavey writes, "There is good reason to travel abroad. And it's my personal opinion that — provided you have the means — international travel is something that every American needs to experience." More

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Finding solitude in U.S. national parks
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You want to get close to nature, but the loud tourists want to get close to you. Here's how to get a slice of national park all to yourself. More

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New app from Wsup offers local gay event info
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A fun and exciting new iPhone app is out now for the gay and lesbian social scene. The first app of its kind, the Wsup Now app not only keeps you apprised of local events and functions in your city, but takes an Instagram spin by allowing you to share where you are with an event photo. More

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Is that a fur-star hotel? The guesthouse which offers you the chance live life as a hamster
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It sounds like these hoteliers are catering for a rather niche market. But apparently the offer of a night at the hamster-themed hotel where you can live life like a small rodent is rather popular. More

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