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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! More

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Couches to castles in 15,000 cities
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Tripping is the only site where travelers can connect with both LGBT-friendly hosts and local home rentals, around the globe. Find every option, from a simple studio in Stockholm to a Manhattan-view penthouse — and everything in between. Or find a friendly local to show you around town. From couches to castles, Tripping makes social travel easy!

Industry News

4 more big gay summer festivals following Pride Month
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Most cities across the country set aside summer time to play host to a myriad of events celebrating Pride Month. But just because the major parades are over and the glitter has been swept up, doesn't mean that the fun is at an end. Here are a few recommendations to keep the pride going all season. More

Aston Hotels & Resorts – More than Just a Room
Your dream Hawaii vacation begins at Aston Hotels & Resorts. Choose from 25 hotels and condominium resorts on four breathtaking Hawaiian Islands, from serene beachfront hotels to spacious villas and charming, historic cottages. Experience the many wonderful things that make Aston Hotels & Resorts a lasting favorite among Hawaii travelers.

Delta unveils plan to put Wi-Fi on international flights
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Delta Air Lines said it would begin offering in-flight Internet service by the end of 2015 on all its long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft. The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the domestic U.S. More

France to pass gay marriage, adoption law
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France's new Socialist government is to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation. More


Aruba's Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts offers couples a romantic and tranquil boutique resort experience on one of the "Dream Beaches of the World".
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The best places to stay for the Olympic Games within easy reach of London
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Coming to London for the Olympics but don't want to stay in the city? The Guardian picked the loveliest towns, villages and rural retreats, most within an hour by train, and found stylish hotels and bed-and-breakfast with availability but without the price hikes. More

Cancun contends for the LGBT tourist market
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New data reveals that one of Latin America's strongest contenders to attract the lucrative LGBT tourism dollar is the resort city of Cancun, Mexico. A combination of natural advantages and smart marketing moves sees this city appeal to more LGBT visitors. More

Variety Cruises courts gay community, yoga enthusiasts
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New York-based Variety Cruises is expanding its offerings to the gay community and to cruisers interested in yoga. Variety operates a fleet of 11 megayachts, sail cruisers and private luxury yachts that accommodate between 12 and 75 passengers. More

Firms make financial planning more gay-friendly
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CNN Money reports that a growing number of financial planning firms are launching divisions that focus solely on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients or helping their advisors get certified to handle the unique financial issues same-sex couples face. 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!

The AIDS Memorial Quilt returns to DC
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While organizing an annual candlelight memorial in 1985 for Harvey Milk, activist Cleve Jones invited participants to carry placards with the names of friends and loved ones that they had lost to AIDS. At the end of the memorial, Jones and others taped these placards to the walls of the San Francisco Federal Building. As he looked at the wall of names, an idea was born. More

London 2012 Olympics: How to stay in the capital for free
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A rise in demand for house sitters in London means savvy visitors could stay in luxurious accommodation during the Olympics — without paying a penny. More

Teaching the history of pride to our LGBT youth
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With pride celebrations wrapping up across the nation, it's important to remember the June 28, 1969 Stonewall Uprising that spurred the Gay Liberation Movement. Although the push for marriage equality may leave younger LGBTs feeling as though gay rights are a given, older Stonewall vets know that when gays stood up to the police that night, they sparked a revolution that continues today. 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

STR Global releases Preliminary Global Hotel Profitability results
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Now in its 14th year, STR Global's Preliminary 2012 Global Profitability survey contains detailed data on hotel revenues and costs, showing the dynamic evolution of the sector by city, country and region. More

In numbers: Heathrow on track for Olympics
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Already handling more international passengers than any other airport in the world, Heathrow is preparing for a tidal wave of extra travelers passing through for the London 2012 Olympic Games. More

ASTA urges DOT to require full transparency on airline fees
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As part of its continued call for ancillary fee transparency, Eben Peck, ASTA's vice president of government affairs, addressed the U.S. Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection. More

How to travel 5 continents in one day
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VideoBriefMost of us will have only vague memories about what we got up to Monday, June 18. But not Gunnar Garfors. He earned a place in history, by traveling to five continents within a single day. More

Celebrate with Splendor at Kapalua

Create an unforgettable celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with romantic elegance and a bespoke ceremony experience
All-Suite and Villa Oceanfront Luxury

Experience paradise at The Fairmont Kea Lani set amongst 22 acres of lush tropical landscape on the white sandy shores of Wailea in sunny South Maui.

Fort Lauderdale's gay virtues
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Known as one of the country's foremost LGBT capitals, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., definitely offers visitors a plethora of dining, entertainment and cultural options, not to mention miles of pristine beaches perfect for those looking to catch some rays while listening to the mesmerizing sounds of the Atlantic. More

Lessons from a tech-free getaway
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Jacqueline Howard writes: I wasn't sure my husband and I could last four days on vacation without our phones and fancy apps, but I was determined to find out. More

World Travel Agents group seeks input in new IATA distribution standards
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The World Travel Agents Associations Alliance has sent a letter to Aleks Popovich, senior vice president of industry distribution and financial services at the International Air Transport Association, requesting that IATA seek regulatory review of its new "standards-setting" initiative on airline distribution. More

Billion dollar bridge opens in Vladivostok
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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev opened a bridge connecting Vladivostok to Russky Island, praising workers who toiled to bring to life the structure linking 5,000 residents to the mainland. More

Complimentary Fourth Night at
The St. Regis

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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

Australia's new tourism message
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A dynamic new ad is at the heart of Tourism Australia's "There's nothing like Australia" campaign. Indeed, there's a moment in the 60-second ad that hits the issue square and captures a powerful conversion from apprehension to acquiescence. More

Bulgaria is powered by gay pride
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Amnesty has called on Bulgaria to condemn the crimes committed in recent years against gays, lesbians and transgenders in the country. More

Accor Hotels' Mercure brand accelerates global expansion plan
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Accor Hotels' Mercure brand, which recently announced its first property in Russia, is accelerating its expansion and revamping its hotels with a global refurbishment program. More



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