IGLTA eNewsletter
Apr. 30, 2014

IGLTA is ready for Madrid!
As we prepare to raise the curtain on our 31st Annual Global Convention in Spain, we say a heartfelt thank you to all of the sponsors and members who have supported this journey. For our valued members who cannot be with us, we hope you'll share in the highlights next week via Facebook and Twitter. #IGLTA2014 everyone!More

Last-minute convention participation
If you'd like to support the Annual Global Convention but cannot attend, there are still ways to be involved: On 7 May, the Hotel Ritz Madrid will host our first fundraising reception for the IGLTA Foundation in conjunction with the conference. Everyone who purchases a $US100 ticket will be eligible for a drawing to win one of five luxury travel packages from Belmond or a Baltic Sea cruise courtesy of Atlantis Events. Attendance is not required to win. For a complete list of prizes and to make a donation, click here. To place your business in front of our delegation of LGBT tourism leaders, please download the form for pricing/shipping instructions for brochure distribution in the conference registration area. Send queries to iglta@iglta.org.More

Small Business Spotlight
This recurring feature celebrates our small business members. It was through the foresight of small LGBT hotels and travel agencies that IGLTA was founded in 1983. Villa Being, Tobago – Luxury Caribbean Vacation Villa is a three-bedroom villa located on a five-acre organic fruit estate in Tobago with views of the Caribbean Sea; Babylon Tours is a major travel agency in Mexico devoted to the needs of gay travelers; Best In Spain specializes in planning custom travel throughout Spain from start to finish.More

Mid-Cities, Texas, travel agency puts together trans cruise
Dallas Voice
Travel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what she believes is the first trans cruise. "This has been a dream of mine for so long," Land said, "because it feels safe being with other trans people." Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns.More

Many gay business owners still face challenges, discrimination
The Associated Press via LGBTQ Nation
The fight for legalization of same-sex marriage has encouraged more gays to be open about their sexual orientation and has increased acceptance of them by others. Still, gay rights advocates note that 29 U.S. states don't prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Business owners are also vulnerable, they say.More

American plants gay pride flag on Uganda's highest peak in protest of the anti-homosexuality law
"If you don't like said flag on your highest peak, I urge you to climb up and take it down," wrote Neal Gottlieb in an open letter to President Yoweri Museveni.More

Study: Gay weddings could bring $15.5 million to Utah economy
The Salt Lake City Tribune
Legalizing same-sex marriage could generate some $15.5 million in wedding spending — and more than $1 million in sales tax revenue — for Utah's economy in the first three years, a new study finds.More

Japan's first lady shines at Tokyo Pride
The Advocate
Japan's first lady joined the festivities of Tokyo's LGBT pride parade. Akie Abe, wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stood on a float amid a sea of 3,000 participants marching though the Shibuya district.More

1 core principle of social media marketing
By Linchi Kwok
Recently, I attended Social Media Marketing World 2014 in San Diego. According to the event's website, this is the world's largest social media marketing conference, where about 2,000 marketing professionals get together every year to network and share their best practices on social media marketing. I met with many thought leaders at the conference and was able to hear various cases of using social media in sales and marketing in a variety of industry sectors. But there was one core principle that can be applied to any business in social media marketing.More

Brunei: Sharia and the influence on the tourism industry
For many years the Brunei Tourism Board participated and actively promoted visits to this country at most major trade shows in the world. How this law could influence the future of the tourism business to Brunei is open. However initial guarantees in Brunei stated that only Muslims will be subject to the Hudud.More

Gay kiss photographic exhibition cancelled after Vatican threat will be shown in NYC
Pink News
A photographic exhibition which was originally due to be shown in Rome, but which was cancelled after a legal threat from the Vatican has found a new life in NYC. An art gallery in Rome last year covered up the exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following the legal threat by the Vatican.More