IGLTA eNewsletter
May. 7, 2014

#IGLTA2014
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Join the conversation at the IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Madrid this week on Facebook and Twitter!More

Welcome new members!
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Please join us in welcoming the businesses that joined IGLTA in April: Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris, Prive Entertainment, Amsterdam Identity Apartments, 100CelsiusLounge, Austral Assistance, Casa Esplendida, Travel Gay Europe, Gay Travel Advice, Unison Turkey, Passion for Sicily, Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience, Equality Network, Sisters Tours Vietnam, arc+arrow creative group, Tourico Holidays, India Tour Rajasthan, Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant Spa, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, View Peru and Signatures, Hotel Market, The National Theatre, LGBT Travel Club, Costa Rica Gay Travel, Concierge Services in Guadeloupe, Moovz, GRANDECOMore

Small Business Spotlight
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In this recurring eNews feature, we shine a spotlight on some of our small business members: Wikol Travel Costa Rica delivers your traveling dreams to Costa Rica, with full concierge service; Quiet Creek Inn sits on seven wooded acres in Idyllwild, California, just between San Diego and the Palm Springs desert valley; Horizons at Peregian, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast just one hour north of Brisbane, is one of Australia's leading gay-managed resorts.More

WTTC CEO: Travel, tourism must be 'force for good'
Successful Meetings
Because they can provide enormous social and economic benefits, governments and private sector companies must ensure that travel and tourism are spread across all destinations and communities around the world. So said World Travel & Tourism Council President and CEO David Scowsill during the recent WTTC Global Summit in Hainan, China.More

Report: Gay marriages could add up to $60 million to Virginia
MSNBC
Gay married couples could add tens of millions of dollars to the economy in Virginia in the span of three years if a federal appeals court upholds a recent ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban, a new report has found.More

Italian wedding planner pushes buttons by marrying gay couples
Gay Star News
Gay marriage isn't legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance.More

India court recognizes transgender people as third gender
BBC News
India's Supreme Court has recognized transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling. "It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," the court said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female.More

Ebola outbreak in Africa and the effect on international travel
By Lauren Swan
There is currently an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in a large city in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it will most likely be months until the outbreak is over. With more than 120 deaths in three weeks, health officials are trying to get the situation under control, and trying to find as many people who may have come in contact with the disease as they can. But how does this disease affect the rest of the world? How has it affected international travel, and what will it mean for the future?More

LGBT people in Crimea fear persecution under Russian anti-gay law
Pink News
Concerns have been raised for the safety of LGBT people in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia amid a crisis in the area. Following the Russian annexation of Crimea, LGBT people are now subjected to the anti-gay law signed by President Vladimir Putin last June.More

Business window stickers protest Mississippi law
The Washington Post
In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.More

Poll: Women are embracing solo travel thanks, in part, to social media
Tnooz
Young women are vacationing alone more frequently, according to a new poll, which also finds that social media helps to provide a sense of comfort and companionship during solo travel. The survey, commissioned by online travel agency Booking.com, was conducted in April by market research firm Vision Critical of women, ages 25-45 who have traveled in the last year from the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, and Germany.More