IGLTA eNewsletter
May. 28, 2014

Meet your ambassador: MarQuies Willis, USA
A native of Washington, D.C., MarQuies Willis is an area sales manager with Kimpton Hotels' D.C. region. He specifically focuses on travel to the D.C. metro area for foundations, diversity, education and diplomatic group travel. He is our new ambassador for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.More

Small Business Spotlight
Thanks to the foresight of a group of gay guesthouse owners and travel agents, IGLTA was created in 1983. In recognition, this recurring eNews feature highlights the association's small business members. The Focus Group is a live-broadcast radio talk show on Sirius/XM's OutQ station reaching approximately 350,000-400,000 gay and lesbian consumers each week across North America; Lisbon Out Travel helps you find and plan for the best this city in Portugal has to offer; Jon's Dive & Travel Services – Honeymoon Specialists focus on adventure romance travel, destination weddings, honeymoons, and celebration travel to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, Tunisia, all of West Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, the South Pacific islands, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.More

10 gay honeymoon hotspots
More and more destinations are now catering to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers. John Tanzella, chief executive of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, says it's an encouraging trend, but he worries there's a risk of gay vacationers being targeted as a "niche."More

African Commission adopts landmark resolution on LGBT rights
Africa's peak human rights body has adopted a landmark resolution condemning violence and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.More

Ontario destinations preparing to attract LGBT, WorldPride visitors
When hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on Toronto for WorldPride celebrations next month, Travel Gay Canada wants to ensure those travelers extend their stays and experience the unique and LGBT-friendly tourism offerings of Ontario.More

Industry applauds bill to ease US entry
Travel Market Report
Travel industry hailed the introduction of a bill to boost inbound travel to the U.S. by making it easier for international visitors to enter the country.More

Why gay travel is great for straight people
The Huffington Post
Society is more integrated than ever. Gay people are more openly participating in so-called "mainstream" culture. And straight travelers have changed too. Heterosexual people are checking into gay-owned bed-and-breakfast hotels. They're having drinks at gay bars and joining gay tours and pride celebrations. But why is gay travel great for straight people, too?More

The 13 best marketing tips
By Jeffrey Dobkin
I have been involved in direct marketing since ... my God! Am I that old already? Over these years, I've learned a few tricks and stored them away. Anyhow, here's a short list of some of my best tips of all time. It starts with the most valuable tool in marketing: a letter. You can catch and hold the attention of a busy magazine editor or the president of American Airlines.More

Frontier targets Washington Dulles for mass expansion
By Matt Falcus
Frontier Airlines has set its sights on Washington Dulles Airport for expansion by announcing 14 new routes from the airport. The airline features low-cost fares that will compete against the existing carriers at the airport, and encourage passengers to fly again after a period of decline. Along with the launch of these services, Frontier also introduced a sale, with flights available for just $15. Demand was so high that the Frontier website crashed. However, a promise that ticket prices in general would be kept "ultralow-cost" should ensure travelers take notice.More