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IGLTA Holiday Travel Auction
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The IGLTA Holiday Travel Auction opens for bidding today, 30 November at 12:00 EDT. This is an exciting and fun way to help us, and at the same time have a chance to win great holiday items! Place a "WATCH" on your favorites, so that you'll know as soon as bidding begins! Auction closes 7 December at 12:00 EDT. For more information, please visit our website:

Limited space for ITB Berlin 2012
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Join IGLTA in the 170m² Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin and be a part of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries come together at ITB every March to do business in Berlin. IGLTA is proud to offer Booth Sharing and Brochure Distribution opportunities to its members. Booth share partners will receive entrance passes and daily catered lunch for up to two people plus access to the exclusive private cafe area in the center of the Gay Pavilion for conducting business meetings. Space is limited, so register today and get ready to be a part of the world's largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.

IGLTA represented at Greek LGBT workshop
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Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, played host on 19 November to the country's first official LGBT tourism workshop in the presence of the Greek National Tourism Organization. "Thessaloniki: LGBT Tourism and Entrepreneurship," organized by Homo Evolution and the city's official tourism organization, was designed to educate local business people about marketing to the international LGBT community and making the city a gay-friendly destination. Host Giannis Papagiannopoulos, president and executive director of Homo Evolution (and editor of Antivirus Magazine), moderated the panel along with Homo Evolution staff members Simon Vasiliadis, project manager, and Nikos Sofianos, marketing director. Panel members included IGLTA board member/ITB representative Rika Jean-François and IGLTA Greek Ambassador Orhideea Rosu plus several IGLTA members. Mayor of Thessaloniki and President of the Thessaloniki Tourist Organization Giannis Boutaris saluted the workshop stating, "Thessaloniki is an open city to all its visitors." Click here for more information on the event.

Airfare discounts now available
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Are you attending the upcoming IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Brazil? Be sure to take advantage of our special airfare rates for convention attendees. We currently offer discounted rates with Delta Air Lines, AeroMexico, SkyTeam Alliance and American Airlines. More coming soon. For more details, click here.

Custom holidays for LGBTs in India
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The romance between India and gay tourists is growing and, cashing in on the interest, many Indian and international gay travel agencies are keenly pursuing the market by organizing packages and special deals to cater to this niche segment. More

'Pinkwashing' and Israel's use of gays as a messaging tool
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After generations of sacrifice and organization, gay people in parts of the world have won protection from discrimination and relationship recognition. But these changes have given rise to a nefarious phenomenon: the co-opting of white gay people by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political forces in Western Europe and Israel. More

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World Green Tourism Award names driving force in sustainable development as first recipient
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The Honorable Maurice F. Strong, senior adviser to the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, has been named as the first recipient of the inaugural World Green Tourism Award in recognition of his pivotal role in shaping the global sustainable development agenda, and in recognizing the potential of travel and tourism to make a contribution to mainstream green growth transformation. More

SAS follows up LGBT success
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Scandinavian Airlines is following up its LGBT campaign "Love is in the air," one of 2010's most successful social media campaigns, with an improved LGBT micro site and a gay version of the popular SAS Crew Guide concept. SAS also has won numerous awards for its LGBT focus this year. More

Cambodia develops cultural heritage, ecotourism
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In recent years, the government of Cambodia has given priority to the development of the country's tourism industry, focusing on cultural and ecotourism in order to promote the advancement of national economy and rapid poverty alleviation. More

Thessaloniki welcomes gay tourists
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Tourism businessmen in Thessaloniki are trying to encourage the gay community to visit their town, to have fun and contribute to the strengthening of the Greek economy. More

Ski resorts starved of snow
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As Europe's highest ski resorts open, the rest pray for a blizzard as snow remains elusive. More

Myanmar tourism enters a new era
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Experts have long predicted that Myanmar would one day open up and turn into Southeast Asia's hottest destinations. The prediction failed to materialize for many years due to the country's political image. But since the transfer of power from the military to the first civil government, positive signs have multiplied about a real will to open the country to the rest of the world. More

Wow Air to start operations from Iceland on 1 June, 2012
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Wow Air (Reykjavik) is a new airline in Iceland which is planning to operate Airbus A320s to European destinations. The planned destinations from Keflavik include Alicante, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin (Brandenburg), Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Krakow, London (Stansted), Lyon, Paris (CDG), Stuttgart, Warsaw and Zurich. More

Homophobic law in St. Petersburg; United States concerned
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The U.S. State Department is "very concerned" about a bill that would prohibit any "gay propaganda" in St. Petersburg. In Russia, events are increasing. More

Extraordinary experiences tailored to your travel style
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So what kind of traveler are you? Do you plan in advance or pack at the last minute? Are you a bungy jumper or a bargain hunter? Do you like to see the sights or eat the local delights? Take this quiz from Lonely Planet to find out what kind of globetrotter you are. More

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