IGLTA eNewsletter
Jan. 26, 2011

TAM offers huge discount for Latin America
One of South America's largest airlines, TAM Airlines, is offering amazingly low flat-rate fares for IGLTA's 28th Annual Global Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fly for US$500 on roundtrip economy class or US$2,500 for business class tickets. Take advantage of these discounted rates; visit www.igltaconvention.org for more information.More

IGLTA recognized by UNWTO as first LGBT Affiliate Member
MADRID — The United Nations World Tourism Organization chose the Pink Corner at the recent FITUR Travel Trade Show in Madrid as the backdrop to present IGLTA with a certificate officially designating the association as UNWTO's first LGBT Affiliate Member. UNWTO Executive Director Márcio Favilla conducted the presentation and was joined by Javier Blanco, UNWTO executive director of affiliate members, and Peter Jordan, UNWTO affiliate member liaison. Accepting the certificate on behalf of IGLTA were European Ambassador Clark Massad and IGLTA Spanish Ambassador Juan Carmona del Solar. In his acceptance speech, Massad referred to recent comments by IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella: "IGLTA is proud to be the first LGBT organization to be admitted into the UNWTO. We recognize that this partnership positions IGLTA and its membership at the forefront of global tourism, attesting to the progress of our association and its impact far beyond the LGBT travel niche." Massad also underscored the common goals shared by the two organizations and the many ways in which IGLTA can help other UNWTO Affiliate Members adhere to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics by targeting the LGBT consumer. Click here to read the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics.More

Convention discount extended through January
Join hundreds of tourism industry leaders who will be on hand to network, educate and learn how to take their business to new levels at IGLTA's 28th Annual Global Convention 10-15 May. www.igltaconvention.org is buzzing with airline discounts from Alaska, Continental, Delta, American Airlines and United as well as the international SkyTeam Alliance. Check out pictures of the beautiful Hilton Marina, our host hotel. Hurry and register today. Prices go up 31 January. More

Global tourist industry eyes the 'pink dollar'
AFP via Google News
Travel operators trying to shrug off hard times are waking up to the vast potential of gay and lesbian tourism, including the new and burgeoning market for same-sex weddings and honeymoons as more countries allow gay marriage. But industry...More

Member benefits
Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members:


IGLTA at The New York Times Travel Show
As part of The New York Times Travel Show's commitment to LGBT travel, IGLTA and several association members are participating in two panels this year. For travel professionals, the panel "Market Opportunities for Growth" will be held at 10 a.m., 25 February. Tom Nibbio, manager of partner development for IGLTA, is among the speakers. At 4 p.m., 26 February, "Discover LGBT Travel: Hot New Destinations, Events, Tours and Cruises" features freelance travel editor/writer Ed Salvato moderating a panel of LGBT travel experts, including Andre Rojer, LoAnn Halden, Kenneth Hieber and Carlos Melia. The discussion will cover the Caribbean, luxury travel, adventure travel, cruises, Africa and South America. Limited booth space for the show is still available among the more than 500 exhibitors from 150-plus countries. As an IGLTA member, you are entitled to a 10% discount off the booth price. Please contact Cyndie Gardner at (203) 622-7081 or cyndie@msemgmt.com.More

Prague debuts new map geared toward gay travelers
The New York Times
Gay travel has been an expanding niche of the industry for years. Prague now is taking their attempts to attract gay and lesbian tourists with a new map of the city. The map looks like your basic tourist map: the city center is marked with the most...More

IGLTA member discount extended: Promote your travel business to global media
From now through 31 January, IGLTA members can send press releases through TravelOutNewsWire for $120 each, a 50 percent savings off the regular association rate. TravelOutNewsWire, the newly launched news release distribution service from IGLTA, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association and Witeck-Combs Communications, now reaches more than 230 media outlets, freelance writers and bloggers in 20-plus countries. When you send a release about your business through TONW, you're reaching journalists who have opted in specifically to receive LGBT travel news. Your release also will be featured via a post to the IGLTA Facebook page and Twitter feed, reaching an additional 3,000 gay travel fans. To take advantage of this special offer, please e-mail members@traveloutnewswire.org.More