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IGLTA Foundation at the Hotel Ritz
Many thanks to the Hotel Ritz by Belmond for hosting our first IGLTA Foundation fundraising reception in conjunction with our Annual Global Convention in Madrid. We raised $6,500, which will support IGLTA Foundation initiatives, including an Emerging Destinations Program to educate tourism businesses in emerging markets on the value of LGBT travel and assist them in growing their businesses, and the Building Bridges Scholarship program to support the next generation of LGBT travel professionals. For more information, please visit
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IGLTA on 'The Focus Group'
If you missed The Focus Group's special IGLTA 31st Annual Global Convention broadcast on SiriusXM OutQ 109 May 10-11, here's your opportunity to explore the world of LGBT travel with hosts Tim Bennett and John Nash. Listen or download the MP3 via these links: Hour 1; Hour 2.
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Small Business Spotlight
This recurring eNews feature highlights some of our small-business members from around the world: OUTstanding Travel offers high-quality travel services to Israel for the gay community; the Gay Ambition Blog interviews leaders across industries including travel, media, entertainment, government, and technology relating to personal and professional advancement.
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    Oregon gay marriage ban struck down by federal judge; same-sex marriages begin
    The Oregonian
    Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Jubilant couples who anticipated a favorable decision from the judge began the rush to officially wed at locations around the state. McShane ordered that his ruling take immediate effect.
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    US on track to exceed tourism goal: 100 million visitors by 2021
    Successful Meetings
    In May 2012, President Barack Obama unveiled the nation's first-ever National Travel and Tourism Strategy. Designed to increase travel to and within the United States, it set an ambitious goal: achieve 100 million annual visitors by 2021 — up 61 percent from 62 million in 2011. Two years later, the United States is on pace to not only meet its goal, but to exceed it, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
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    Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
    Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex matrimony legal throughout the Northeast.
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    Judge strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban
    KTVB-TV via USA Today
    A federal judge has issued an injunction blocking enforcement of Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.
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    More hotel brands looking east for profit
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    The latest buzz about the hospitality industry has been a renewed spate of global expansions, particularly to the Eastern Hemisphere. The Gulf and Asian markets are looking good, showing a high potential of growth. The icing on the top is the latest reports show an increasing percentage of travel booked for Asia and the Middle East. The World Travel and Tourism Council has predicted a 4.3 percent increase for the travel and tourism industry in 2014, with most of the growth centered around Asia. They have also forecast that China will overtake the U.S. as the world's largest travel and tourism economy by 2027.
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    US considers more easing of visa policy for Chinese
    China Daily
    The United States may further ease its visa policy for Chinese tourists, a move welcomed by tourists and travel agencies in China and the U.S. Arne Sorenson, a member of the President Barack Obama's Export Council, said recently that the U.S. is considering a more progressive visa policy for Chinese tourists, including a possible visa waiver for returning visitors.
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    Gay men living in gayborhoods travel shorter distances than the average person
    The Atlantic
    A new study tracks the link between living in "neighborhoods of affinity" and urban mobility.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        US lawmakers pushing to add Israel to visa-waiver program (The Washington Post)
    Report: Travel was second-fastest growing US industry in 2013 (International Meetings Review)
    Brazil activists honor gay pride, call for laws (The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star)
    Destination weddings gaining in popularity (By Archita Datta Majumdar)
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