IGLTA eNewsletter
Feb. 18, 2015

The Getty to host Convention opening reception
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has partnered with the Getty Center to welcome our 32nd Annual Global Convention attendees with a private gala reception at the world-renowned museum complex. Network with tourism leaders while viewing masterpieces from Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Renoir and taking in stunning views of downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean. Register today!More

Join IGLTA at ITB Berlin
Going to Berlin for ITB 2015? Be sure to stop by the IGLTA stand in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion (Hall 3.1, Stand 204) and plan on joining our members from around the globe for the following networking receptions:

  • LGBT Welcome Reception hosted by Spartacus: Wednesday, 4 March, 4-6 p.m. in the Spartacus stand in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion at ITB Berlin (Hall 3.1, Stand 201) Click here to RSVP.
  • TomOnTourGay ITB Party: Wednesday, 4 March at 8 p.m. at the Panorama37, Park Inn by Radisson Berlin-Alexanderplatz brought to you by VISIT FLORIDA, Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida Keys & Key West, Visit St.Pete/Clearwater Click here to request an invitation.
  • Chic Champagne & Canapés hosted by Chic Outlet Shopping: Thursday, 5 March, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Chic Outlet Shopping Stand at ITB Berlin (Hall 18, Stand 125a) Click here to RSVP.
  • IGLTA/Axel Hotel ITB Party sponsored by Tourism Toronto: Friday, 6 March, 9 p.m.-midnight at the Axel Hotel (Lietzenburgerstrasse 13/15, 10789 Berlin) Join the fun and purchase raffle tickets during the party for your chance to win exciting destination packages! Proceeds benefit the IGLTA Foundation. Click here to RSVP.

  • Don't miss the Gay & Lesbian Tourism Panel on 6 March at the ITB Convention featuring an introductory presentation from Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media and a panel composed of IGLTA members from three continents. Click here for more details. Brochure distribution opportunities at the IGLTA stand are still available! Click here for more details.More

    Small business spotlight
    This recurring feature celebrates the small business members of our association, such as R&T Travel, a gay-owned full-service travel agency in operation in the Midwestern U.S. since 1995; and underU4men, which showcases brand-name underwear, swimwear and gym wear in its Portland, Oregon, flagship store.More

    Texas judge says state's gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional
    A Texas judge ruled on 17 February that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in just the latest of numerous rulings striking down bans across the country. Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman made the ruling as part of an estate dispute, in which a woman sought to have her eight-year relationship with her late partner accepted as common-law marriage, the Austin Statesman reports.More

    Gay asylum seekers in the UK will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives
    Gay Star News
    Gay asylum seekers in the U.K. will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives thanks to new guidance from the Home Office. Caseworkers have received the new policies on how to deal with claims for asylum by gay, lesbian and bisexual people following the revelation that a man fleeing persecution was "interrogated" and asked "shockingly degrading" questions about his sexual history.More

    Former Irish minister Pat Carey comes out as gay, urges same-sex marriage vote
    Reuters via The Huffington Post
    A former Irish government minister announced he was gay on Friday and appealed to older voters to support same-sex marriage in a May referendum in the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Two decades after Ireland legalized homosexuality, polls show overwhelming support for same-sex marriage but the church says it would be "a grave injustice."More

    Shibuya ward proposes recognition of same-sex couples
    Japan Trends
    A proposal to give recognition same-sex couple has been submitted to Shibuya City, one of the wards in central Tokyo. A bylaw proposal will be submitted to the ward congress in March which would allow for the certificates to be issued recognizing same-same couples, reports Kyodo News. If approved, it would be effective from 1 April and the start of the 2015 fiscal year. It would make Shibuya the only governing body in Japan issuing such documentation to same-sex couples.More

    Do they hide their faces? Searching for gay life in West Africa
    Slate Magazine
    Miz Cracker writes: Last year, I wrote an optimistic article for Outward about homophobia in West Africa. Drawing on my own experiences traveling in Senegal as a gay boy and undercover drag queen, I wanted to test American perceptions of the region against the reality. I described how my sexuality was acknowledged and accepted, at least on a personal level, and how diplomatic pressure from President Barack Obama was sparking a new conversation about gay rights in the area. I saw potential for change. There was reason for hope.More

    Chinese short film urging parents to accept gay children goes viral
    The Hollywood Reporter
    In a country where homosexuality remains a big taboo, a short film urging parents in China to accept their gay children has gone viral and notched up more than 100 million online views. Coming Home tells the story of a young gay man who is shunned by his parents after coming out, before eventually being accepted by them years later. More

    5 travel trends for 2015
    The Huffington Post
    Edward Piegza writes: Working in a travel company, I'm constantly talking to people who are planning trips up to 18 months in the future. What that yields is a terrific inside look at how people are thinking about travel, where they intend to go, how they are collecting information, and what matters most to them. Some trends are evergreen and constantly growing.More

    The hotel industry's race to escape the dinosaur age
    How many times have you entered your room at a large chain hotel, thrown your luggage down to relax, and noticed the antiquated stereo system with an iPod dock from three models ago perched on the bedside table? Next to it lies a paper room-service menu and a clunky, ancient telephone to use if you want to order up a late night snack. More