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Join IGLTA and ETOA at WTM
Thanks to our organizational partnership with the European Tour Operators Association, IGLTA members have the opportunity to exhibit at World Travel Market at discounted rates. Join IGLTA at ExCel London for this major B2B show 2-6 November; great spaces are still available in stand GV400 opposite the entrance to the Global Village. For more information, please click here or email Arran Wiltshire at
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Interested in IGLTA convention sponsorship?
Our 32nd Annual Global Convention, 8-11 April 2015 in Los Angeles, promises to be our largest to date. Don't miss out on the opportunity to put your brand front and center at the world's premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all price points and can be custom-tailored to suit your needs, from hosting lunches for the entire delegation to branding an individual breakout session. Download the full sponsorship deck. For more information, please email
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Small Business Spotlight
Small tourism businesses have been an integral part of the association since a group of guesthouse owners and travel agents created IGLTA in 1983. This eNews feature salutes current members that are part of our small business segment: Guests of the Boatslip Resort, in the heart of Provincetown, Massachusetts, enjoy admission to their well-known tea dance on the town's largest deck; OneNation Travel offers professional tour services within Turkey to the country's historical treasures and natural landscapes.
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Studies: Gay marriages could generate hundreds of millions in first year of legalization for 11 states
The Washington Post
If legalized, same-sex marriages could generate more than $464 million in their first year for 11 state economies, according to a series of studies released this year. The reports, created by the Williams Institute, a national think tank based at the UCLA School of Law and committed to research on sexual orientation and gender identity, estimate that nearly 89,701 same-sex couples would wed in the first three years of legal marriage in the 11 states studied this year, contributing $723.5 million to the state economies over that period.
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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.

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Handling negative feedback on social media
By Mayur Kisani
Social media has become one of the most important and relevant forms of marketing, advertising and brand communication. For years, companies have had ways communicate to their audiences — newspapers, radio, TV — but now they have a way to listen to their audiences via the same channel. Social media is a dialogue, not a monologue. It's a platform where customers can give feedback — some of which will be negative. So how do you, as a business/brand, handle negative feedback and complaints?
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Ebola update: WHO seeks to calm air travel worries
Travel Agent Central
As the World Health Organization continues to battle the severe Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization released a statement aimed at reassuring travelers that the virus posed "low risk" to air travel.
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Himalayan Pride: LGBT parade in Nepal
Nepal's LGBT community took to the streets of Kathmandu for the fifth annual Gaijatra Pride Festival on Aug. 11. In recent years the gay community has taken over the traditional festival to champion their rights.
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GBTA, CWT report: Travel costs will increase
Travel Agent Central
Demand from emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil and improved economic growth in advanced economies, combined with limited advances in travel supply, will result in an upward pressure on rates, particularly in high-demand travel markets, says a new — first-ever — joint 2015 Global Travel Price Outlook report.
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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.
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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.

Out-of-town Gay Games participants find Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, to be welcoming hosts
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
Cleveland, home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has no identifiable gay neighborhoods, or gayborhoods, and its LGBT community generally keeps a low profile. But during Gay Games rainbow-hued gay pride flags were fluttering throughout downtown.
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Sea-Tac to grow as a Delta hub
By Matt Falcus
Delta Air Lines plans to grow in the competitive Northwest marketplace by significantly increasing its presence at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, and the airport is expected to reciprocate with expanded and improved facilities in anticipation for the increased number of flights. Delta, and its Delta Connection partners, already rank second-busiest at Seattle, after Alaska Airlines and its Horizon partner. But the Atlanta-based carrier has set its eyes on developing a hub with wide-reaching links.
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The Premier Men's Resort of Palm Springs
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The top 4 under-the-radar gay-friendly travel destinations
On Top Magazine
We all know by now that places like Fire Island and San Francisco's Castro are meccas for gay travelers looking to be met with open arms. And because of that fact, some of these famed locales have become positively packed with other travelers looking for the same experience. But what about the places that fly a bit off the beaten track?
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Wedding market quick to embrace same-sex marriages in Rhode Island
Providence Journal
Rhode Island's legalization of same-sex marriage may be the best thing that's happened to The Blueberry Cove Inn since the innkeeper rebuilt the front porch. Seely Gerraughty, who runs the nine-bedroom Victorian located a half-mile from Narragansett's Town Beach, says that since the law was signed a year ago, her phone hasn't stopped ringing.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Uganda holds first pride rally after law overturned (The Guardian)
Kenya considers 'stone the gays' bill (Pink News)
Dark tourism: 5 macabre Southeast Asia destinations (CNN)
Travel industry relying on young spenders (By Archita Datta Majumdar)
Survey: Hoteliers missing opportunity in social media marketing (Successful Meetings)

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