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Proposed bylaw changes
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In an effort to learn how boards of other organizations of our scope and magnitude operate in similar circumstances, IGLTA conducted an investigation into how other professional organizations established their boards. Following these conversations we realized that IGLTA was the only organization that we knew of that still elected its board members from the general membership, rather than creating an appointed board.

To that end, after long discussions and consultations, the IGLTA Board proposes that the organization makes the smooth transition from an elected board to an appointed board. We see this as the best path for the global organization to continue to grow and to best support the diverse needs of our overall membership.

TO READ THE FULL EXPLANATION of the proposed changes, the appointment process and other FAQ, please click here. You can send all questions or comments to

Please submit your feedback within the next 30 days. The board will review comments from the membership regarding the proposed changes and make any necessary revisions before the official vote opens. After we have heard from you, we will see if any further modifications are needed before presenting this proposed bylaw change to you for an official vote, which will take place in October.

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!

Exclusive marketing for IGLTA members
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NYC: Gay marriage has $259 million impact in a year
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A survey of betrothed couples a year after gay marriage became legal in New York shows gay weddings have had an economic impact of $259 million on the city, tourism officials say. More

Unlikely Vietnam considers same-sex marriage
The Associated Press via EDGE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Vietnam's Communist government is now considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register and receive rights, positioning the country to be the first in Asia to do so. 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.

Which Olympic athletes are openly gay?
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Of the 10,500 athletes to compete in the Olympics, 20 are openly LGBT. More

Glasgow Pride breaks attendance records
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Attendance records were shattered at Scotland's biggest LGBT event, Glasgow Pride. According to The Glaswegian more than 6,000 people attended the event, breaking previous attendance records. More


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Olympics: The lesbian kiss that went around the world
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A kiss between two women released at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics has been seen worldwide, even in the most homophobic countries. More

Scotland to legalize marriage for all
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Scotland plans to make same-sex marriage legal with the next year, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced. More

Indian power outage brings train travel to a halt
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Indian authorities are working to restore electricity after a blackout left hundreds of millions of people in nine Indian states, including the capital New Delhi, without electricity. More

Delta reports strong 2nd quarter net income of $586 million
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Delta Air Lines, another U.S. airline reporting strong second quarter results, said its net income for June 2012 quarter was $586 million, the airline's June 2012 quarter GAAP net loss was $168 million, including mark-to-market adjustments on open fuel hedges and other special items. More

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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!

Online voting opens for Mr. Gay Europe 2012
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Online voting has opened for the delegates of Mr. Gay Europe 2012 that takes place in Gay Village, Rome, 7-1 August. For the seventh time, this annual competition aspires to find a role model for Europe's young gays under the slogan "Unity Through Diversity." More

Ryanair expects eurozone crisis to curb fare rises
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Ryanair has admitted that fare increases will be "restrained" this winter due to spending cuts and the eurozone crisis, as the budget carrier posted a bigger-than-expected fall in first quarter profits of 29%. 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.

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Build-up to London 2012 Olympic Ceremony
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The BBC News live page brought readers all the latest news, views and analysis of the official London 2012 opening ceremony. More

Wi-Fi fees drag hotel satisfaction down
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Hotel guests across the continent are not happy. At least that's the conclusion from a survey released by J.D. Power and Associates. One item in particular — Internet costs and fees — is pressing some guests' buttons, churning up "resentment, frustration and anger," says Stuart Greif, a J.D. Power vice president. More

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Rail Europe to add high-speed Italo train to product offerings
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Rail Europe will add the new Italo train to its range of rail products. Travelers from North America consider Italy their second-most highly ranked dream destination, and, among Rail Europe travelers, Italy is their top third rail destination. More

Malaysia reports 16.9% increase in arrivals from U.S.
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Malaysia recorded an overall increase of 1.2% in tourist arrivals for the first five months of this year, from 9.32 million in 2011 to 9.44 million in 2012. Arrivals from the United States and Canada to Malaysia both saw a greater increase compared to the same period last year — 16.9% and 1.3%, respectively. 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

How Facebook is shaping 2012 travel decisions
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Believe it or not, Facebook may help you plan your next trip. Recent studies reveal that what matters most when planning a trip is not where you're going, but rather who you know that already has traveled to that destination. More

Hit the road with these travel apps
Techlicious via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Suzanne Kantra writes, "Whether I'm hitting the road or boarding a plane, I like to be well prepared when I travel with my family. These days, that means using apps to help with the pre-travel planning and while we're in transit. Here are some of my favorites." More



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