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Call for convention speakers now open
IGLTA is seeking top speakers and panel proposals for our 32nd Annual Global Convention in Los Angeles, 8-11 April 2015. If you have an idea for a dynamic session with a global perspective, we want to hear from you! Download the speaker application now. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2014.
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Small Business Spotlight
Join us in supporting our small business members around the globe, such as Select Sailings, a national cruise specialist based in Phoenix offering endless vacation possibilities on all cruise lines, large and small; or our first business member in Taiwan, ANIKi WOW!, a gay club that provides a high-quality entertainment space with a focus on health and leisure.
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Support IGLTA with AVIS car rentals
Avis has given IGLTA the Worldwide Discount number AWD#B450300, which allows our members to receive reduced rates from all Avis locations until June 30, 2016. Avis operates approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries. Feel free to include the discount code in your event/tour profiles and share via social media. For our travel agent members, the code is commissionable through your regular booking systems. Help support your association by using this worldwide discount code.
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The difference between the millennial and the baby boomer LGBT traveler
According to Community Marketing Insight, which has been publishing an annual report on LGBT travel for 18 years, older LGBTs are warm-weather travelers and older gay men are likely to stay at LGBT-dedicated properties and guesthouses. Some older gay men are more likely to vacation with lesbian friends of a similar age, because nightclubbing and meeting other men are no longer priorities.
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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.

Las Vegas offers all but marriage to gay tourists
The Associated Press via NBC News
While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city's tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer.
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CWT: Latin America to lead global increases in airfares, hotel rates in 2015
Business Travel News
Corporate travel buyers should expect higher airfares and hotel rates in 2015, although car rental prices should remain steady, according to a forecast issued by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. Overall, the 2015 Global Travel Price Outlook projects next year's global business travel spending levels to be 8.6 percent higher than this year's volume. Expanding emerging markets and a release of "pent-up demand" as mature economies recover will spur that growth, according to the 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.
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.

Dollywood: A little bit country, a little bit gay
The New York Times
At Dollywood, the place on a Venn diagram where gay camp and Southern camp overlap, cinnamon rolls might be the great equalizer.
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Study finds that gay marriage for Tennessee would generate $36.7 million for state
Memphis Flyer
The Williams Institute has released a study that estimates $36.7 million in spending could be added to the state's economy if Tennessee would extend marriage to same-sex couples.
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Easy steps to create green disposal habits for hotels
By Erich Lawson
Hauling waste creates a major expense for those in the hotel business. Therefore, recycling is key to reduce costs and maximize budgets. Although money must be spent to begin the process, the amount of money saved in the long run will truly be remarkable. Here are some key strategies in making any hotel a successful "green" business.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Out-of-town Gay Games participants find Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, to be welcoming hosts (The Associated Press via Star Tribune)
Studies: Gay marriages could generate hundreds of millions in first year of legalization for 11 states (The Washington Post)
Handling negative feedback on social media (By Mayur Kisani)

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