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As 2011 comes to a close, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the IGLTA eNewsletter a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, 11 January, 2012.

Industry News

Travel industry anticipates global recovery this year
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From 5 January: The travel industry has been beleaguered over the past 12 months. The recent snow, consumers not spending as much, air tax and fuel costs rising, not to mention Iceland's ash cloud, all have contributed. But the sector is expecting a global recovery this year. More

Indian travel firms eye growing gay tourism pie
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From 21 July: Having visited countries they find safe and fun, foreign gay travelers increasingly are touring India to get an experience of this varied and beautiful travel destination, thanks to niche travel agencies and a mindset change. More

Best gay and lesbian journalists
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From 13 July: Never before have gay issues made the headlines they're making this year. Thanks to reporters who bring important stories to the forefront and editors who produce pieces that spotlight sometimes marginalized voices, coverage of LGBT issues has reached a mainstream pitch. More

Curaçao Tourist Board's André Rojer discusses tourism increase
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From 6 July: Curaçao is attracting North Americans in increasing numbers, according to recent tourist-arrival numbers. Indeed, the growth is so dramatic that it has turned this multicultural, polyglot island, a constituent country of the kingdom of the Netherlands, into one of the Caribbean's strongest performers in a year where tourism has rebounded for several islands. More

Hoteliers group pushes gay tourism
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From 13 July: Baguio's tourism sector sees nothing wrong if it earns the tag "gay wedding capital" of the Philippines. More

The incredibly true adventures of 2 lesbians in Bali
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From 6 July: Meghan McCarron writes, "All at once these things happened: My girlfriend's friend got married in Bali. We were given an opportunity to travel to Istanbul at a sharp discount. My friend got engaged, and when she offered to have the wedding in either Toledo or France, we obviously voted for France. Consequently, we were looking at an epic travel schedule this summer and were both very excited." More

Egypt calls on Oprah
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From 9 March: The Egyptian minister of tourism has invited Oprah Winfrey to hold shows at Cairo's Tahrir Square as part of an initiative to restore the country's tourism image. More

US to improve visa system
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From 27 April: The United States has revealed its 20-year plan to improve its visa system. More

Demand for increased travel in Canada among gay community
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From 31 August: Travel Gay Canada has announced the findings of their second research study of LGBT travelers, showing a market size of $7 billion annually. An estimated market of 1.8 million gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender travelers spent on average $1,131 per trip last year. More

IGLTA welcomes its first Italian ambassadors
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From 6 July: With the colorful celebration of Europride in Rome as a backdrop, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association announced the appointment of its new co-ambassadors for Italy. More

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From 21 September: Get more bang for your buck: These five cities offer all of the fun and luxury of more expensive spots. More

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From 10 August: You have the ceremony and reception planned, now comes the really fun part. Need ideas for the perfect honeymoon spots? More

3 ways to earn a living while traveling
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From 13 July: Neil J. Lloyd writes, "On Friday, I met a solicitor in this gloriously chintzy champagne bar in Cardiff Bay. He asked me what I did for a living. A common question asked when meeting someone new but one that always has filled me with a slight amount of dread as I haven't had one 'proper' job for a good few years now." More


Brochure Distribution available at ITB Berlin
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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 nearly full, so register today and get ready to be a part of the world's largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.

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TAM 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, TAM Airlines, SkyTeam Alliance and American Airlines. More coming soon. For more details, click here.

Early-bird discounts end this month
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Time is running out to take advantage of early registration discounts! Take advantage of early-bird discounts before they end on 31 December, 2011. For more information and to register, visit

Member benefits
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Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members:
  • FITUR: 18-22 January in Madrid, Spain. The 32nd edition of Spain's largest travel & tourism fair will debut its first dedicated LGBT section.
  • MAP Salon: 15-18 March in Paris, France. Mondial du Tourisme welcomes more than 100,000 visitors. Maximize your exposure to the French market and sign up today.
  • ITB Berlin: 7-11 March in Berlin, Germany. The world's largest trade show and convention for travel professionals.

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