IGLTA eNewsletter
Apr. 18, 2012

Introducing the 2012-2013 board
The results of the recent IGLTA board elections are in. The new and returning board members are: Chair Tanya Churchmuch, Tourism Montreal; Vice Chair Jeff Guaracino, Atlantic City Alliance; Secretary Dan Melesurgo, American Society of Association Executives; Treasurer Ed Salvato, Travel Journalist; Marta Dalla Chiesa, Brazil Ecojourneys; Mya Lake Reyes, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority; Steve Smith, Key West Business Guild; Pablo De Luca, Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Argentina/GNetwork360; Gail Swift, Hilton Worldwide; and Rika Jean-Francois, ITB Berlin.More

IGLTA, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board partner for Pow Wow
Join us this month at the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow in Los Angeles, which unites U.S. suppliers with global tour operators and media for networking and business contracts. In partnership with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (formerly LA INC.), IGLTA will host its second annual LGBT reception during the event. Network with buyers, suppliers and media from 6-7:30 p.m. 24 April in the 28th Floor Sky Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles (just steps from the Convention Center at LA LIVE). To RSVP, please send your name and company by email to Emilio@iglta.org.More

GayCities' newest guide: Florianopolis, Brazil
Next to Rio and Sao Paulo, Florianopolis comes in third when it comes to yearly gay visitors to Brazil and third in the size of gay pride celebrations and Carnival. But for being a tiny island, third is no small feat. No wonder Florianopolis was chosen this year as the destination of the annual IGLTA conference.More

Budapest urged to reverse Pride route refusal
Pink News
The Human Rights Watch group is calling on Hungarian authorities to reverse a decision which refused Pride organizers permission to hold a march on their chosen route in Budapest later this year.More

American Airlines adds Spanish, Portuguese to gay portal site
Dominican Today
American Airlines has announced that its popular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web portal, www.AA.com/Rainbow, now welcomes travelers in two additional languages: Portuguese and Spanish.More

Davey Wavey: 7 things I love about Thailand
I just got back from my first trip to Thailand. And, the truth is, there's so much to love about the so-called "Land of Smiles." Though I could go on for days, I've narrowed this list down to my top seven favorite things about the country.More

Hotels reach out to LGBT travelers for Gay Pride season
USA Today
Gay Pride travel season is starting up soon, and hotels are gearing up for it. Hilton Hotels and Resorts is offering a "Stay Hilton, Go Out" package at more than 140 Hilton properties worldwide to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers attending Pride season celebrations.More

Gay man part of Israel's tourism push set to receive award
Windy City Times
Russell Lord went on a summer trip in 1981 from his native New York to Europe and Israel — and never went back. He found a new life and new career — along with a life partner — and has grown into an award-winner as a marketing and tourism consultant for Kenes Tours, based in Tel Aviv, where he now lives.More

How to adopt a dog as you travel
Peter Greenberg Worldwide
You might think that rescuing a dog is a long, drawn-out process, but there are dogs around the world in need of families — and you can easily bring them home with you!More

TSA tests ID-scanning machines at Washington Dulles
USA Today
Airport check-in is getting a bit more technological. The Transportation Security Administration began an experiment at Washington's Dulles International Airport to check identification and boarding passes by machine rather than just the visual check by officers.More

Grindr picks top queer destinations: How do they stack up to the best of GayCities?
You might think guys on Grindr don't look up to see where they are very often, but the makers of the mandatory app released the winners of the inaugural member-voted Grindr Gay Travel Awards.More

Top 10 gay and away: America's gayest monuments
Wherever your travels take you, there are always plenty of noteworthy monuments to get your gay-pride juices flowing! Every city has a different flavor of gayness that comes across in its statues, buildings, and famous photo-opp destinations.More

Mr Gay World to argue for New Zealand and global LGBTs
Gay Star News
The winner of Mr Gay World, New Zealand's contestant Andy Derleth, has spoken about competition and what he intends to do with this honor.More

New visitors bureau attends Brazilian expo
Orlando Sentinel
Converge Orlando Inc., the area's new gay-oriented visitors bureau, participated in its first high-profile international travel expo. The organization, which aims to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors to Central Florida, attended the annual IGLTA Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil.More

Top 10 U.S. gay relaxation destinations
Check out GayTravel.com's list of the top 10 LGBT destinations in the United States.More

Traveling to Buenos Aires? Consider gay-friendly POP Budget Boutique Hotel
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Sometimes called "Palermo Queens," the Villa Crespo barrio is located at the southern end of Palermo Soho with the unspoiled charm of tree-lined, cobblestone streets for which Buenos Aires is renowned.More