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IGLTA 2015 convention registration is open!
It's never too early to start planning for our Annual Global Convention. Join us in Los Angeles, 8-11 April, 2015 for the premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism, including the only global LGBT Buyer/Supplier Marketplace of its kind. Registration is now live at Please send convention queries to
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Meet Your Board Member: Chris Stanley
Chris Stanley is a 15-year veteran of the cruise industry, and joined Silversea in 1993. He is a part of a seven-member worldwide team of professionals responsible for working with charter clients and corporate and incentive groups to plan and develop customized events, activities and meeting programs aboard the line’s award-winning ultra-luxury ships.
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See you at TBEX
IGLTA is a proud media partner of TBEX '14, the largest travel blog event, where top speakers and popular travel bloggers come together and share their secrets for the travel industry. TBEX attendees make direct connections during the speed networking sessions, which are one-on-one appointments between travel industry professionals (DMOs, TBEX sponsors, organizations) and travel bloggers. Look for us at TBEX in Cancun, Mexico, 11-13 September. There's still time to take advantage of the 20 percent IGLTA registration discount; use code IGLTA20 when booking at Until then, follow us on Twitter @IGLTA and @TBEXevents.
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Welcome new members!
Please join us in welcoming the new businesses that joined the association in August: Artist Travel Consultants, Chamberlain West Hollywood, Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe, PureQuest Adventures, Hainam Travel Vietnam, Luxury Retreats, Meet College Park, Surrender Villa, Air New Zealand, Relexa Hotel München, Tourism Australia, Universal Orlando Resort, Gays With Kids, Hyatt Boston Harbor, Park Hyatt Washington, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Hyatt Regency La Jolla, Hyatt Regency Boston, LGBTWed Magazine.
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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.


Taiwan begins campaign to woo gay tourists
San Diego LGBT Weekly
Taiwan is officially wooing gay tourists in the hope of becoming Asia's top tourist destination in a region that is often openly hostile toward gay people, reports In its bid to raise its presence on the world stage, Taiwan has been pushing hard to increase tourist numbers. Lagging behind rivals Japan and China, Taiwan's tourism bureau has teamed up with Google to create a personalized ad campaign to promote itself as a gay and lesbian haven by promoting "G5" as the largest gay circuit party in East Asia, according to
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Fort Lauderdale wins bid to host 2015 NGLCC Conference
Mark your calendars! The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has chosen Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the host city for the 2015 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. Next year's event will take place 11-14 August at the Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Hotel.
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How the travel industry is evolving
Travel Pulse
What shapes the travel industry today? How has technology changed everything? What are millennials focused on? Jeff Yang, senior vice president of The Futures Company, explained this and more at the 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference on Aug. 28 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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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.

Study: Same-sex marriages would add $80 million to Georgia economy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Allowing same-sex marriage in Georgia would pump nearly $80 million into the state's economy, according to a study released recently by the UCLA school of law. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 21,318 same-sex couples live in Georgia. Half would choose to marry within three years, the law school's Williams Institute estimates, based on similar patterns in Massachusetts and other states where same-sex marriage is legal.
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The Premier Men's Resort of Palm Springs
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Tapping into mobile travel trends
Somo, a mobile marketing specialist, has pulled together some of the latest mobile travel trends to give a snapshot of how mobile consumers are versus the travel industry. The company, which works with players such as Air Asia Expedia, brings in information from recent studies such as the Expedia Travel report and the IAB Mobile Audit.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Studies: Gay marriages could generate hundreds of millions in first year of legalization for 11 states (The Washington Post)
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