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Welcome new members
Please join us in welcoming the businesses who joined the association in May: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, Aibai Culture & Education Center, Delray Sands Resort, Tourism Saskatoon, Nature Activities – Outdoor Travels, Lisbon Out Travel, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Crown Plaza Tampa Westshore, Turnberry Isle Miami Autograph Collection, Out Asia Travel, Texas Cowboy Travel, Residence Inn Long Island Huappauge/Islandia, Jon's Dive & Travel Services – Honeymoon Specialists, Andaz West Hollywood, Emirates Vacations, Zank, Gay in Vienna, Rainbow Festival Colombia, Yonderbound, Learning Journeys Powered by Perillo, Hunter Magazine, The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa, Red Lantern, The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, OneNation Travel – Turkey, Rancho La Puerta
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The impact of shopping on tourism
The United Nations World Tourism Organization recently released a report on Shopping Tourism with input from our Platinum-level Global Partner Chic Outlet Shopping® and some of our member destinations. IGLTA is a proud Affiliate Member of the UNWTO; a PDF of the global report is available.
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Small Business Spotlight
This recurring eNews feature highlights the association's small business members. Experience beautiful beaches and breathtaking sunsets at Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués, a resort with a distinct Asian flavor on the cliffs of Acapulco, Mexico; Lino Apartments is constructed with respect to the natural environment and the local architecture of Mykonos, Greece, within walking distance from the famous beach of Paradise.
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    Stop thinking gay! 7 ways to market to today's LGBT travelers
    The Huffington Post
    Gay travelers have evolved, and so has the way that travel organizations market to them. To get a clear picture about how to approach this valuable group of travelers, the first thing you need to do is to FORGET THAT THESE TRAVELERS ARE GAY. Clearing the slate will make it easier to take in these suggestions about how to market to them. (That's because, in a lot of ways, the LGBT market is just as multifaceted — and similar in its basic interests — as any other group of travelers.)
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    India sets out tourist-friendly agenda
    The Telegraph
    It is still early days, but the sweeping victory of Narendra Modi in the recent Indian election could lead to something of a revolution for travelers to a country notorious for its potholed roads, Raj-era railways, complicated visa procedures — and standards of hygiene that leave a lot to be desired.
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    National parks recognition highlights role of gay, transgender Americans in history
    The Associated Press via Star Tribune
    The announcement that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans is a step toward including them in the national narrative — and components of education, supporters said.
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    The evolving world of gay travel
    The New York Times
    In the 1970s gay tours took men rafting in the Grand Canyon and to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. Gay hotels began opening in Key West, Fla. And destinations like Provincetown, Massachusetts, were creating some of the first marketing to gay and lesbian travelers. Today, there are tours spanning the globe not only for gay men, but also for lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers and their children.
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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.

    How to digitally market to millennials
    By Emma Fitzpatrick
    Every industry is constantly evolving with each new technology, and soon it will be out with the old and in with the new. The way we learn, talk and tackle tasks is all going to change in the next few years. Wondering what's driving this shift in how we operate? Some 24 percent of the current population is a millennial. Yes, we're talking about the tech-savvy, impatient, coddled, creative 18- to 36-year-olds. Below is a snap-shot of who the millennials are, why they're driving digital marketing, and a few tips on how your business can make this trend work for you.
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    US hotels courting Chinese travelers with tea, lucky numbers
    NBC News
    For U.S. hotels hoping to attract big-spending Chinese travelers, it may start with learning to say "Nin Hao" but it's also about knowing the lucky numbers, unlucky colors, and which carafes to order for the coffeemakers.
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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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    Report: Gay marriage to generate $92 million in economic impact to Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia Business Journal
    Pennsylvania became the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriage after a federal judge overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. And it looks like the decision could have the potential of bringing in up to $92.1 million to the state and local economy of Pennsylvania, according to a new report.
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    Finding comfort and safety as a gay traveler
    The New York Times
    Nearly every same-sex couple has experienced that awkward moment on vacation. It usually comes at hotel check-in, when you find yourself on the receiving end of a quizzical or disapproving look as you explain that yes, you did intend to book just one bed for you and your "friend."
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Why gay travel is great for straight people (The Huffington Post)
    10 gay honeymoon hotspots (CNN)
    The 13 best marketing tips (By Jeffrey Dobkin)
    African Commission adopts landmark resolution on LGBT rights (ISHR)

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