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Chic Outlet Shopping® joins IGLTA as global partner
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Join us in welcoming our new global partner Chic Outlet Shopping®, the first major European retail business to sign a high-level partnership with the association. The nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages are a collection of luxury shopping destinations located outside some of Europe's most vibrant cities: London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Dublin, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich. Home to 900 boutiques, the collection offers previous seasons' collections from leading brands at exceptional savings in a European village-style setting. Shopping Express provides luxury coach service from city center locations to the nine Villages. Watch for Chic Outlet Shopping® specials available to travel trade and consumers throughout the year. "As IGLTA continues to expand its consumer outreach, partnerships with businesses like Chic Outlet Shopping® can only enhance the association's appeal," said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. "Savvy LGBT travelers are not only looking for interesting destinations, but they also want to know where to go when they arrive — and who doesn't love a great deal?"

IGLTA and Gay Days
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IGLTA joined several of the association's member businesses at Gay Days Orlando on 2-5 June, exhibiting at the Gay Days Expo at the host hotel, Doubletree Resort SeaWorld. The annual event drew more than 160,000 visitors to the Orlando area, with more than 19,000 visiting the Expo. Gay Days has announced that it will expand annually to Las Vegas, beginning 4-10 Sept.

IGLTA's UK members dance in aisles at 'Legally Blonde'
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IGLTA members in the U.K. were treated to a 16 June performance of "Legally Blonde" at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End. Hosted by IGLTA member Made, promoter of West End musicals, along with Ambassador Tickets and the Savoy Theatre, the evening started off with a private drinks and networking reception before the show and a second get-together during the interval. Members also received VIP discounts at Bicester Village or any one of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages located in gateway cities throughout Europe. By the end of the evening, attendees were doing the "bend and snap" and asking the question, "Gay or European?" Additional member events are planned for the coming months, so watch this space for further information!

Volcanic ash cloud halts flights in Australia
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Volcanic ash from South America was detected in Australian airspace, causing flight cancellations for flights to and from Melbourne, Tasmania and New Zealand. More

Expedia launches European brand identity
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Expedia has unveiled a new European brand identity in line with its "Expedia Everywhere" strategy. More

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Top 10 destinations to celebrate gay rights
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In honor of June being gay and lesbian pride month, has compiled a list of the top destinations where huge strides in LGBT rights have taken place. More

In Tel Aviv, gay pride pays off
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While pride parade budget totals only NIS 995,000 (USD $288,760), LGBT tourists expected to leave some $7.5 million in Israeli metropolis throughout June. Tel Aviv turned into a favored destination thanks to volunteers' marketing efforts, without mentioning Israel. More

Travel industry's online sales rebound
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The market for leisure and unmanaged business travel has had a tough few years, but a rebound is under way. Online sales picked up steam again last year after a drop in 2009. EMarketer estimates that US online sales of leisure and unmanaged business travel will increase another 8.5% this year to $107.4 billion, up from $99 billion in 2010. More

Study: 25% of hotels fail to use social media to boost business
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Almost 25% of hotels around the world are not taking advantage of social media services to increase occupancy and revenue per available room, according to a study carried out by hotel e-commerce solutions company TravelClick. More

Summer airfares may climb 15% from a year earlier
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As the summer travel season approaches, airline industry experts predict that soaring fuel prices and a sharp pickup in passenger demand will push airfares up 15% over a year earlier — to levels not seen since before the economic downturn. 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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