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IGLTA is ready for Madrid!
As we prepare to raise the curtain on our 31st Annual Global Convention in Spain, we say a heartfelt thank you to all of the sponsors and members who have supported this journey. For our valued members who cannot be with us, we hope you'll share in the highlights next week via Facebook and Twitter. #IGLTA2014 everyone!
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Last-minute convention participation
If you'd like to support the Annual Global Convention but cannot attend, there are still ways to be involved: On 7 May, the Hotel Ritz Madrid will host our first fundraising reception for the IGLTA Foundation in conjunction with the conference. Everyone who purchases a $US100 ticket will be eligible for a drawing to win one of five luxury travel packages from Belmond or a Baltic Sea cruise courtesy of Atlantis Events. Attendance is not required to win. For a complete list of prizes and to make a donation, click here. To place your business in front of our delegation of LGBT tourism leaders, please download the form for pricing/shipping instructions for brochure distribution in the conference registration area. Send queries to
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Small Business Spotlight
This recurring feature celebrates our small business members. It was through the foresight of small LGBT hotels and travel agencies that IGLTA was founded in 1983. Villa Being, Tobago – Luxury Caribbean Vacation Villa is a three-bedroom villa located on a five-acre organic fruit estate in Tobago with views of the Caribbean Sea; Babylon Tours is a major travel agency in Mexico devoted to the needs of gay travelers; Best In Spain specializes in planning custom travel throughout Spain from start to finish.
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Book and host an event by 12/1/2014 and
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  • 25% Discount on Audio Visual
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  • Complimentary Punch & Cake
  • Complimentary Guest Room for Planner


    Mid-Cities, Texas, travel agency puts together trans cruise
    Dallas Voice
    Travel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what she believes is the first trans cruise. "This has been a dream of mine for so long," Land said, "because it feels safe being with other trans people." Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns.
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    Many gay business owners still face challenges, discrimination
    The Associated Press via LGBTQ Nation
    The fight for legalization of same-sex marriage has encouraged more gays to be open about their sexual orientation and has increased acceptance of them by others. Still, gay rights advocates note that 29 U.S. states don't prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Business owners are also vulnerable, they say.
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    American plants gay pride flag on Uganda's highest peak in protest of the anti-homosexuality law
    "If you don't like said flag on your highest peak, I urge you to climb up and take it down," wrote Neal Gottlieb in an open letter to President Yoweri Museveni.
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    Study: Gay weddings could bring $15.5 million to Utah economy
    The Salt Lake City Tribune
    Legalizing same-sex marriage could generate some $15.5 million in wedding spending — and more than $1 million in sales tax revenue — for Utah's economy in the first three years, a new study finds.
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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.
    The only way to travel

    Traveling the open road, experiencing new destinations and enjoying everything about the great outdoors will never be the same once you step inside a Roadtrek. Roadtrek’s are stylish, compact motorhomes offering all the comfort and conveniences of home, in a vehicle that is easy to drive and can go just about anywhere.
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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.

    Japan's first lady shines at Tokyo Pride
    The Advocate
    Japan's first lady joined the festivities of Tokyo's LGBT pride parade. Akie Abe, wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stood on a float amid a sea of 3,000 participants marching though the Shibuya district.
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    1 core principle of social media marketing
    By Linchi Kwok
    Recently, I attended Social Media Marketing World 2014 in San Diego. According to the event's website, this is the world's largest social media marketing conference, where about 2,000 marketing professionals get together every year to network and share their best practices on social media marketing. I met with many thought leaders at the conference and was able to hear various cases of using social media in sales and marketing in a variety of industry sectors. But there was one core principle that can be applied to any business in social media marketing.
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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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    Brunei: Sharia and the influence on the tourism industry
    For many years the Brunei Tourism Board participated and actively promoted visits to this country at most major trade shows in the world. How this law could influence the future of the tourism business to Brunei is open. However initial guarantees in Brunei stated that only Muslims will be subject to the Hudud.
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    Gay kiss photographic exhibition cancelled after Vatican threat will be shown in NYC
    Pink News
    A photographic exhibition which was originally due to be shown in Rome, but which was cancelled after a legal threat from the Vatican has found a new life in NYC. An art gallery in Rome last year covered up the exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following the legal threat by the Vatican.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        The top 10 list of least — and most — homophobic countries may surprise you (The New Civil Rigihts Movement)
    Gay-friendly hotels on the rise (4Hoteliers)
    Attract new customers to your business with content marketing (By Emma Fitzpatrick)
    Some Cleveland Hopkins cab drivers refuse to drive with Gay Games signage (The Plain Dealer)
    Ethiopian government cancels anti-gay rally (The Guardian)

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