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IGLTA networking at WTM
We are pleased to offer a variety of networking opportunities for our members attending World Travel Market in London this year:

  • On 5 November IGLTA will once again host a member networking reception with made to unite the LGBT-friendly attendees at WTM. Join us at Ku Klub Soho, 25 Frith Street, for conversation, complimentary drinks, and entertainment from 19:00-22:00. For more details, please RSVP.

  • Please join IGLTA and Platinum Partner Chic Outlet Shopping for the Chic Champagne and Canapés member networking reception at World Travel Market, ExCel London, Global Village, stand GV430 from 12:30 to 14:30 on 4 November. You can enter to win an EUR250 gift certificate to spend at any of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. Please RSVP.

  • IGLTA staff/ambassadors will be available to meet throughout the show, 3-6 November in the ETOA stand, GV400. To request a specific appointment at the IGLTA booth, please email
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    Small business spotlight
    Thanks to a forward-thinking group of small business owners, IGLTA was created in 1983. This ongoing feature showcases the small business members of our association, such as The Pauer Group LLC travel agency in Dallas that focuses on the worldwide LGBT community; and Sunset Inn & Suites in Vancouver's scenic Davie Village, with spacious accommodations that include full kitchens as well as separate bedrooms and living rooms.
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    Members in Japan show their Pride
    The Kansai Rainbow Parade and Festival was held over the weekend of 11 October in Osaka, Japan with an active presence from IGLTA members and our regional ambassadors. For photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.
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    Bishops seek to balance opening to gays
    The Associated Press via The Fresno Bee
    Conservative Catholic bishops concerned about an unprecedented opening to gays and divorced people are seeking to make their voices heard at a Vatican meeting on family life, emphasizing the benefits of faithful Catholics, the fundamentals of church doctrine and the dangers of sin. A document produced at the halfway point of the meeting was praised by gay rights groups as a seismic shift in tone toward acceptance of gays
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    The gay travel capitals of the world
    The Huffington Post
    There is not one travel agent or destination-marketing company that has not acknowledged — even if ruefully — the financial punch wielded by the LGBTQ travel industry. When it comes down to brass tacks, they love us — so much so that they use the term "gay capital" as a lure. In some cases, I had to do a little reaching; some regions are so generally hostile that a city there can be a gay capital simply because it has a single gay club.
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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.

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, readies itself for week of Gay Days
    Travel Weekly
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which has made marketing to the LGBT community a top priority for nearly two decades, is gearing up for what officials expect will be its crowning achievement: its inaugural Gay Days Fort Lauderdale, which runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.
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    Interest in Marrakech, Morocco, drops 46 percent after arrest of gay Briton
    TTG Digital
    Trivago said hotel searches to the Moroccan city reportedly dived after news emerged regarding the arrest of 69-year old Ray Cole, who was imprisoned for 20 days for "homosexual acts." He was eventually released and flew back to Gatwick Airport in England on Oct. 8. Cole was arrested in September, but the story was first reported via Pink News on Oct. 4.
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    Great honeymoon ideas for gay couples
    Gay couples across the U.S. are raising their rainbow flags in victory and planning their weddings, after the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 32 states, the latest being Nevada — and by extension, Las Vegas.
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    For Italy's gay rights advocates, it's 1 step forward, 2 steps back
    VideoBriefAncient Rome may have been open to all sorts of sexual mores, but modern Italy is less so. The country lags far behind its European Union partners in guaranteeing equal rights for homosexuals. Gay couples have no legal recognition or adoption rights in Italy, and a bill presented last year outlawing discrimination on the grounds of homophobia has been bogged down in parliament by right-wing opposition.
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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.
    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.
    Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info

    The challenge of integrating user-generated content into travel advertising
    There is a wealth of incredible, authentic photos of destinations and hotels on social media today, and smart brands are learning what it takes to turn those uploads into campaigns that spread brand awareness beyond individual customers' and visitors' social media circles. The challenge with using such posts for brand purposes is that companies should obtain permission for every photo used.
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    Ebola outbreak beginning to affect travel industry
    By Suzanne Mason
    In the past seven months, 4,033 people have died from Ebola, including one patient in the United States. A second patient in America was recently diagnosed with Ebola. This news has sent a wave of worry within the $2 trillion travel industry as they gear up for their busiest time of the year — the holiday season. How exactly is Ebola affecting the industry overall? For starters, when the first Ebola patient in the U.S. died, the U.S. government announced that afternoon a more vigorous screening of the disease at five major airports.
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    The Premier Men's Resort of Palm Springs
    Originally built in 1940 in the California Mission Style, and former home to many Hollywood luminaries, recently upgraded with the same great vibe we have been known for MORE
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        What percent of the population is gay? More than you think (Smithsonian Magazine)
    Morocco's tourist industry targeted in campaign to free gay holidaymaker (TravelMole)
    Global LGBT association partners with GALTA & Sydney Mardi Gras (
    NoFrills Gay Tourism Expo 2014 at Bergamo in Italy concluded (eTurbo News)

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