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IGLTA welcomes its first Italian ambassadors
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We are pleased to present our new co-ambassadors for Italy, two respected members of the business community who bring to the table more than 20 years of experience in tourism and activism. A resident of Pisa, Alessio De Giorgi is a leader of the gay movement in Italy, having served as a member of the First National Assembly of the Italian Democratic Party. As president of the largest gay association in Tuscany, he worked with the regional council to obtain approval of anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation. He also launched the LGBT travel consortium Friendly Versilia, is owner of the popular gay nightclub Mamma Mia in Torre de Lago, and is currently the Director of the Gay.It website. Alessio Virgili created Quiiky Tour Operator in 2007. With offices in Rome and Milan, this young, dynamic company is a member of Visit USA and today boasts more than 3,000 travel agencies under contract in Italy. In 2010, Alessio created AITGL, the Italian Association of Gay & Lesbian Tourism, to represent and promote LGBT tourism to the media, institutions, trade and consumers, and later that same year, proudly became a member Confindustria Assotravel. To contact our new ambassadors to Italy, email

IGLTA's Scandinavian ambassador in Macau
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IGLTA's ambassador to Scandinavia, Tobias Holfelt of MB Market Makers, broke new ground on 23 May by hosting an LGBT-travel-seminar at the Sofitel Macau. Presented in association with Lufthansa, the event provided current research and market strategies for East Asian LGBT travel. This is the first in a series of 2011 events in the Greater China region, which are open to all IGLTA members. "We are happy to finally arrange these seminars," Hofelt said. "It's taken a lot of work to bring them to fruition, and we look forward to seeing how LGBT travel will develop in this fantastic part of the world. It is very satisfying to be able to introduce new businesses to the IGLTA network." For more information and to contact Tobias, email

Gay Mexico City: Same-sex marriage since 2010
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Argentina attracted a lot of attention when it became the first nation in Latin America to legalize gay marriage last year, but if you're curious about the very first city in Latin America to give same-sex unions the thumbs-up, look no further than Mexico City. More

Let them in: How Brazilians could help the US economy
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Everyone should love Brazilian tourists. They spend more per capita than any other nationality. Worldwide, Brazilian tourists shell out an average of $43.3 million a day, dropping a gigantesco $1.4 billion last April alone, up 83% from the same period last year, according to the Brazil's Central Bank. More

Top 10 outdoor adventures
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For a brief few months each year, warm weather, long days, and generous vacation time conspire to open up a world of travel possibilities. From climbing the top of remote mountains to exploring breathtaking river gorges to biking quiet back-country roads, Shermans Travel has selected 10 spectacular adventures. More

Summer travel: Spotlight on Istanbul
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Ask most travelers to list their favorite European cities, and they'll most likely feedback with the classics: Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Munich, and many others. But one destination that doesn't always make the list is not only the largest metropolitan city proper in Europe, but also the former capital of both the Roman and Ottoman empires. More

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Tourism: One of the world's fastest growing industries    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The World Travel and Tourism Council is confident that tourism on a global scale is on the rise. Whereas many countries still are struggling to come to terms with difficult economic times and many areas of the economy are fighting with each other, tourism is making great progress. More

Visitors to Central America up by 10% in 2010
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The number of foreign visitors to Central America increased by 10.8% in 2010 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary figures provided by the Tourism Ministries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. More

Accor unveils new online column
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Accor has launched a new dedicated column called "Sustainable Travel Accommodation" to connect with consumers through surveys, video presentations and online forums. More

Munich Airport launches InfoGate
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Munich Airport has introduced the InfoGate, a new way of obtaining quick and detailed information for passengers. More

Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia seal the deal
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Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia signed a landmark agreement to embark on a long-term alliance. More

Tips for traveling solo
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Traveling solo brings challenges from luggage logistics to long-distance navigation. Whether it comes naturally or not, most people could use a few tips when it comes to on-your-own vacations. 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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Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info

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