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Convention early-bird registration open!
Please join IGLTA 8-10 May, 2014, at the Hotel Melia Castilla in beautiful Madrid for the premier educational and networking event in the LGBT tourism industry. Our 31st Annual Global Convention will be our first in Spain. This edition will include the debut of an appointment-driven Buyer/Supplier Marketplace (with free registration for qualified buyers) and a keynote presentation from the World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Please visit for complete details. Early-bird registration is available until 15 January, 2014.
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IGLTA now accepting board nominations
IGLTA is seeking at least four visionary, enthusiastic and dynamic leaders to join the board of directors. These individuals will work closely with other board members and staff to help IGLTA realize its mission, meet its goals and deliver on its priorities. Complete the application and then submit to The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST on 27 January, 2014.
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Australia high court kills same-sex marriage
The New Civil Right Movement
For a few brief days the capital of Australia had same-sex marriage. Couples traveled thousands of miles across the continent to take advantage of a tenuous same-sex marriage law, knowing it could last forever, or until Dec. 11.
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Gay sex banned in India after religious groups win Supreme Court case
The New Civil Rights Movement
In a case advocated by Christian and Muslim leaders, the Supreme Court of India re-instated a 153-year old law banning gay sex. The court overturned a Delhi High Court ruling from four years ago, stating it had overstepped its bounds.
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Travel companies using microsites to reach customers
By Chay Rees Runnels
DMOs and travel organizations are turning to the use of microsites as they seek to reach specific demographics or highlight certain aspects of their product or offering. Microsites are generally one- to two-page websites that may be branded a little differently than the parent site and act as discrete "sites within a site." Microsites can be used for product launches, special events or special promotions, and they offer brands flexibility to be creative and often engage visitors in more social ways than full websites can.
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How much is your Visit domain name worth?
Since the earliest examples of destination Internet marketing, the domain name has been the format of choice for DMOs across the world. In parallel with this trend, the Visit-prefixed domain is also internationally recognized by consumers as representing the "official" tourism website for any given destination.
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Out of the ashes: A Nairobi airport for the future
By Matt Falcus
Four months ago, Kenya's busiest airport was struck by a fire that left its arrivals terminal in ruins. Now, out of the ashes, it hopes to rebuild its infrastructure and become the busiest airport in East Africa. As the main international gateway to Kenya, Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport had significantly outgrown its capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year, with around 6 million handled in 2012. However, with investment now in place, work has begun on not only rebuilding but also expanding the airport in the hope of equipping it to handle many more passengers.
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San Diego LGBT chamber works to expand community
U-T San Diego
The Greater San Diego Business Association may operate out of San Diego County, but its reach goes a lot further. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to ensuring businesses and business owners in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have a fair chance to succeed. To accomplish this, the organization offers networking opportunities, social activities, business-related advocacy and more.
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