IGLTA at WTM
Please visit IGLTA 7-10 November at the Global Village of World Travel Market, ExCel London, stand GV203. We're proud to once again booth share with our partner HotelRez/World Rainbow Hotels at this key business-to business event for global travel professionals.
Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members at www.IGLTA.org/events.
Newest IGLTA members
IGLTA welcomes all new members who have joined the association in the month of September. Click here to see who joined!
Brazil appellate court says gay marriage is legal
The Associated Press via Chicago Sun-Times Share
Brazil's top appeals court has ruled that two women can legally be married. It's the highest court in Brazil to uphold a gay marriage. More
Brazilian court: 'Sexual orientation should not be an excuse'
Brazil's highest court decided that a lesbian couple could legally marry because "sexual orientation should not be an excuse" to deny marriage to gays. More
Global air passenger traffic rises 5.6% in September
Travel Pulse Share
The International Air Transport Association reported passenger traffic was up 5.6% in September, compared to the same month a year ago, and also was stronger than the 4.6 percent year-over-year growth recorded in August. More
Cancun reports no damage from Rina; storm downgraded
Travel Pulse Share
The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that Rina is moving away from the area, and there have been no reports of damage. All tourist destinations are open and fully operational, including Cancun International Airport, hotels, parks, ecotourism, tours and archaeological sites. More
Thailand floods: Fears ease in Bangkok as barriers hold
BBC News Share
Thai officials say the center of Bangkok looks to have escaped the worst of the severe flooding which has inundated other parts of the country. But humanitarian organizations say residents in areas already under water will need help for weeks to come. More
The gay traveler: Pompous vs. cautious
The Huffington Post Share
Dane Steele Green writes, "As a gay man myself, I am more than thrilled to learn of new advancements, strides and political reform surrounding the LGBT sphere." More
Holiday travel: Will flight prices drop?
Just before Christmas 2008, the lowest round-trip airfare between New York and Los Angeles leaving just before the holiday and returning the Sunday after was about $900 roundtrip, including taxes. But as this Dec. 11, 2008 NPR radio interview revealed, had you waited until a couple of weeks before the holiday, the same route would have cost just $391 roundtrip (on nonstop flights no less). More
Amtrak expands Wi-Fi access, addresses filtering of gay sites
DC Gay Travel Examiner Share
Amtrak has confirmed it is conducting a soft launch of free Wi-Fi service on its Northeast Regional trains, which include those serving Washington, D.C. More
London's oldest gay cafe closes
Windy City Times Share
London's oldest gay cafe closed Oct. 29, the BBC reported. First Out Cafe was the city's first daytime gay venue, opening in 1986. More
Britain maintains its threat of sanctions against homophobic countries
At the end of Commonwealth summit, Prime Minister David Cameron said that British aid should depend on the particular rights of homosexuals. More
ITB trendsetter in the gay and lesbian travel market
ITB Berlin via 4Hoteliers Share
International acceptance of gay and lesbian travelers is increasing and as a result, this lucrative segment of the tourism market also is receiving greater attention. More
Switzerland Tourism becomes first GayComfort certified national tourism authority
Switzerland Tourism, the official tourism office for Switzerland, has become the first national tourism organization to join the GayComfort training and certification program. More
Zimbabwe prime minister gay friendly — was he sincere?
LGBT associations welcome the recent statements of Morgan Tsvangirai, who said he wanted to protect the rights of gays, but his entourage said he was misquoted. More
Minneapolis unveils new travel tagline, logo
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Share
Meet Minneapolis has unveiled "City by Nature" as the new tag line for its travel and tourism marketing. More