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Meet your board member: Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell is vice president for arts & culture and affinity markets for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. There, McDowell promotes LA as a premier cultural and LGBT destination to international and domestic travelers and travel-industry professionals. Tourism is LA's largest industry, with some 42 million visitors spending $17 billion in the local economy each year.
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Welcome new members!
Please join us in welcoming the new businesses that joined the association in July: Rivendell Media, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Hilton Cabana Miami Beach, Global Excellence Inc, Park Lane Hotel New York, Novotel Athens, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, Link2cultures.
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Small Business Spotlight
Please help us to support the small business members of IGLTA. It was due to a group of a forward-thinking small business owners that the association was founded in 1983. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is certified to fly both the South and West Rims of the Grand Canyon with three exclusive landing sites at the bottom of the Grand Canyon; Colours Destinations operates Colours Oasis, an adults-only resort that can serve as your base while exploring the "wilds of Costa Rica" on their various tour offerings.
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  Loews Regency Hotel New York

The re-imagination of the new Loews Regency sets a new standard in luxury and thoughtful design with the traveler’s needs in mind.

With thoughtful service genuinely delivered, our goal is to make sure you can focus on your plans while visiting New York City, whatever the reason for your visit.

Join us at ASAE
Join Meet Minneapolis, Delta Air Lines, and IGLTA on 11 August at The Big Bang in Nashville for the 11th annual LGBT party at the American Society of Association Executives conference. There is no fee to attend, but please consider providing a donation to the IGLTA Foundation when you RSVP. Donations support a scholarship program for the next generation of LGBT tourism professionals, marketing assistance for small gay-friendly businesses in emerging destinations that lack governmental support or LGBT infrastructure, and global research to further understanding of LGBT travel.
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Uganda anti-gay law declared 'null and void' by constitutional court
The Guardian
Gay rights campaigners in Uganda and around the world are celebrating a decision by the country's constitutional court to strike down a widely condemned anti-gay law on a legal technicality.
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Nepal drafts new laws to recriminalize gay sex, stall same-sex marriage recognition
Gay Star News
Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.
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Delaware's gay marriage boom may ebb
The News Journal
More than 2,000 gay and lesbian couples got married in Delaware when the state's same-sex marriage law took effect in July 2013. It was a wedding boom that made Sussex County's marriage bureau run a surplus in 2013, for the first time in years, as many gay couples availed themselves of the sand-underfoot weddings straight partners have made popular here.
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NEXT Vacations exclusive cruise groups

Pursue your passion for screening the best new independent gay and lesbian films on Modern Luxury cruises designed for the entire LGBT community, our families, friends and supporters. Cinema Diverse at Sea is NEXT Vacations’ exclusive groups aboard Celebrity Cruises and include All-Access film festival pass in one low fare.
The only way to travel

Traveling the open road, experiencing new destinations and enjoying everything about the great outdoors will never be the same once you step inside a Roadtrek. Roadtrek’s are stylish, compact motorhomes offering all the comfort and conveniences of home, in a vehicle that is easy to drive and can go just about anywhere.
Golden Rainbow Tour of Japan

Japan Deluxe Tours, a Japanese tour operator in USA since 1983, has released the new tour product the Golden Rainbow Tours. It is the industry’s first escorted Japan tours carefully tailored for the LGBT market. Many of these trips come with attractive early-booking promotions for your customers and incentives for travel agent partners. Contact us today to start your vacation planning.

A new volunteer program for LGBT travelers
The New York Times
Global Volunteers, a nonprofit organization providing aid to communities around the world with the assistance of short-term vacationers, has launched International LGBT Volunteer Vacations, the first volunteer vacation program directed specifically at LGBT travelers.
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Amsterdam still popular for Pride, LGBT travel
NL Times
Amsterdam's gay scene is burgeoning, and the city is a very popular destination for homosexual tourism. Despite the Dutch capital not being considered "gay capital of Europe," as London, Berlin and Barcelona are, Amsterdam has something different, according to the Gay Pride organizers.
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Relief planned for Mexico City with new airport
By Matt Falcus
Mexico City is home to Latin America's second-busiest airport, and it is about ready to burst as pressure mounts on infrastructure amid growing airline traffic. But plans are afoot to bring relief with a new airport capable of meeting the demands of the future. The Mexican government announced recently that it has been reviewing designs for a new airport to replace the existing Benito Juarez International Airport, which opened in 1931.
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Travel agents booking vacations for early 2015 and beyond
Travel Weekly
In a sign of strengthening demand, vacations are being booked early for next year and even 2016, according to agents who attended Travel Weekly's Global Travel Marketplace conference. The booking window is noticeably longer this year than it has been in the past, several agents said during the conference, held last month at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.
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