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Open call for 2013 IGLTA convention speakers
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IGLTA's Annual Global Convention 1-5 May 2013 in Chicago will mark the association's 30th anniversary. We'll be reflecting on the history of LGBT travel while also examining the future of the industry, and we're looking for dynamic speakers to make this our most successful conference yet. If you'd like to present a breakout session (about 45 minutes in length) that speaks to businesses of all sizes and has a global perspective, please fill out the form and email it to or fax it to +1 954-337-5805 no later than 17 September 2012. We'll send an email confirming receipt of your form; speakers will be notified by mid-October 2012. See you in Chicago!

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London 2012 Festival kicks off
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London is the place to be this summer — with World Pride (23 June 23 to 8 July) and the London 2012 Olympics kicking off on 27 July. There is also the London 2012 Festival, which will run for 12 weeks, along side the Olympics until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 9. More

Supersonic jet to fly London to Sydney journey in 4 hours    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
London to Sydney in just four hours — that's the aim of U.S. aeronautical engineers as they race to develop a "Son of Concorde" prototype. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream — with the help of NASA — are working toward the first supersonic commercial passenger airliner, aimed initially at the business jet market. More

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Cancun announces new Pyramid of Positive Thinking in Tulum
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As part of the commemoration to the year 2012 and the closing of the Mayan calendar, artist Xavier de Maria y Campos is constructing a modern pyramid to pay tribute to the Mayans' legacy and precision regarding their calendar. The Pyramid of Positive Thinking will be located in Tulum, approximately 82 miles from Cancun's hotel zone. More

Gay and lesbian travel carves a niche of its own
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Ongoing debate over the topic of gay marriage in Australia may confound at the divide it seems to represent from the broad social realities of today, where the question of sexual orientation has almost become ho-hum, but it also reinforces the importance of a clear voice and collective message in representing the unique needs of the gay and lesbian community, which embraces the broader LGBTI groups. More


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Getting the history straight on GPTMC's gay tourism campaign
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It's clear that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. has really done something special when even Philadelphia locals are affectionately quoting from its most recent "With Love, Philadelphia XOXO" campaign billboards. More

Gays hail Nepal move to liberalize ID cards
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Hindu-majority Nepal said that it will start issuing identification cards with three categories for genders — a move hailed by gay activists, who said previous regulations had been discriminatory. More

13 hot hotels for gay travelers
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When we shine the spotlight on gay-friendly hotels, we're applauding cities as much as hoteliers. Our look at this lucky thirteen is no exception. More

Leading Latin American airlines TAM, LAN complete merger
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Brazilian airline TAM announced the completion of a merger with Chilean carrier LAN Airlines on 22 June concluding a two-year effort. TAM shareholders agreed to exchange each of their shares for a 0.9 share of the merged company, Latam Airlines Group. The companies first announced merger plans in August 2010. More

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Your Home Under the Rainbow!
Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Hawaii's largest gay owned & operated resort, welcomes all, but caters primarily to the LGBT traveler. Located on the shore in Kihei, Sunseeker is perfect for gorgeous Ocean views. A clothing optional heated pool and Jacuzzi awaits you. Sunseeker welcomes you to Maui's island paradise.
Hilton Barbados Resort’s exquisite setting on the lush tropical peninsula of Needham's Point offers a combination of natural beauty and Hilton style for an unforgettable tropical experience. With amenities tailored for couples, families, and business travelers alike, this really is paradise for all. Come enjoy!

Illinois prosecutors refuse to defend gay marriage ban
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Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won't get one — at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state's laws. More

14 airport amenities that will make you long for a layover
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It's inevitable these days. If you fly, you're going to have to spend a good amount of time at the airport, either waiting to take off or between flights. Thankfully, more and more airports are sympathetic to your situation and are adding unique amenities to help keep you entertained. More

G-20 recognizes travel and tourism as driver of economic growth
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The G-20 world leaders have for the first time recognized the importance of travel and tourism as a driver of jobs, growth and economic recovery. More

Hyatt celebrates LGBT Pride Month
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To celebrate LGBT Pride Month 2012, volunteers from HyPride, Hyatt's newly formed employee-networking group for members and supporters of the LGBT community that work at Hyatt hotels, will volunteer at seven Pride events across the country. More

Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa
Ideally situated on an immaculate stretch of white-sand beach, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa offers its guests an idyllic oceanfront setting. The resort is easily accessible from major international destinations, located less than 20 minutes from the Danang International Airport.

Enjoy 3 nights on our Private Island. Get daily breakfasts and 1 night free. Contact your travel agent. MORE

In Berlin, Gay Pride pointed its speakers to Moscow
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Between hymn to freedom and militant claim against homophobia, this huge annual event was held in the German capital. More

Gay pride flag creator proud but humble
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They wave it. They wear it. They put it on their cars. It's even on their pets. The Rainbow Flag is the symbol of the international Gay Pride movement. But how and why did it come to be? More

Being gay in St. Petersburg gets even harder
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Aleksandra and Marina never had contemplated leaving Russia. Now the two women, a longtime lesbian couple, are giving it serious thought following the adoption of a new law targeting gays in their hometown of St. Petersburg. More

Best time-lapse travel videos
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Time-lapse photography is the perfect medium for travel, capturing the essence of a place or experience in minutes. Small wonder so many photographers are using the technique to showcase their travels. Here are some favorites. More

Celebrate with Splendor at Kapalua

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Deeper in the KwaZulu-Natal with SAA Vacations
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After South Africa's Indaba travel trade show wrapped up in Durban this past May, the crew of South African Airways Vacations continued its march through KwaZulu-Natal province with Terry von Guilleaume, head of the company, in the lead and writer David Cogswell tagging along. More

7 South Florida surprises
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South Florida? Sure, we all know about South Beach. The beach in Fort Lauderdale. The shopping in Palm Beach. But there are a hundred little surprises here as well. And you may not find them all in the guidebooks. More

Kraft's gay pride Oreo draws 20,000 comments, some flak
Reuters via Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite some calls for a boycott, Kraft Foods may have bitten off just what it meant to chew when it posted a gay-pride-themed picture of an Oreo cookie on Facebook. More

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The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice

A luxury Hotel which offers you an unforgettable stay in front of the sea. Its panoramic Roof top Terrace and its Private Beach will satisfy you in an idyllic environment. MORE

CLIA releases Cruise Industry Safety Tool Kit for travel agents
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The Cruise Lines International Association said it has released a Cruise Industry Safety Tool Kit for travel agents and their clients. First distributed at cruise3sixty, the industry's annual conference in April, the kit is available on CLIA's website. More



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