IGLTA eNewsletter
Jun. 25, 2014

Brochure distribution available at DMAI
Even if you are unable to attend the 100th anniversary of Destination Marketing Association International's Annual Convention 21-23 July in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino, you can showcase your business to the more than 1,000 DMO professionals who will participate. IGLTA offers an affordable brochure distribution opportunity for members; click here to download the registration form.More

Small Business Spotlight
Due 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: Volatour provides a reliable reference point for Spanish- and Italian-speaking travelers in New York; Fast Printz is a print and design brokerage based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that actively supports the LGBT community.More

Should LGBT travelers visit hostile places?
Travel Weekly
LGBT travelers take between five and seven trips a year. One survey found that 71 percent of gay U.S. respondents possessed valid passports, as opposed to 25 percent of the total population. Many LGBT travelers have ample disposable income. Yet for those who travel internationally, the world can seem polarized into gay-welcoming and gay-hostile environments.More

High-risk destinations for gays
The Spanish Confederation LGBT COLEGAS (FRIENDS) launched an alert campaign for tourists and tourism agencies about high-risk destinations based on the hatred and discrimination that the homosexual, bisexual, and transgender population suffers on behalf of these countries.More

Business leaders to Congress: Expand Visa Waiver Program
Successful Meetings
A coalition of travel, hotel, retail, restaurant, professional and business leaders has launched a new campaign to increase international travel to the United States.More

Discussing travel budgets with prospective clients
By Anne Rose
Are your clients always honest in their response to your question, "What kind of budget have you allocated for this vacation?" Mine aren't. Sometimes it's simply ignorance about how much something will cost. But other times, it's mistrust and suspicion. The budget based on ignorance is fairly easy to address. If clients tell me they have never traveled before, but they want first-class air to Tahiti from the East Coast, 10 nights at a luxury five-star resort and an array of private activities with a stated budget of $2,000, I can easily point out the realities of what they're asking for. I find the suspicious prospective clients a bit more challenging.More

Travel trends taking hold in 2014
Smarter Travel via The Huffington Post
From new ways to hang out with locals in foreign lands to the latest fees you have to watch out for, these trends are shaping up to dominate the second half of 2014.More

8 things you don't know about LGBT Pride
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBT brothers and sisters by heading to one of those colorful and wild parades, right? Right — but there's more to LGBT Pride Month than short shorts and rainbow flags.More

Atlantic City courting gay tourism market
The Associated Press via Burleson Star
Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.More

Charleston Yeager hoping for growth as first new flight takes off
By Matt Falcus
Yeager Airport in West Virginia is hoping the start of a new airline route will mark a return to growth and more services in the near future. The airport serves the Charleston, the capital and largest city in West Virginia, with a population of around 220,000 in the metropolitan area. In 2012 and 2013, Yeager lost scheduled services by two airlines on routes with healthy passenger loads. Therefore, it was with a sense of triumph that the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority watched the first Dash 8 aircraft on the new US Airways Express service to Philadelphia arrive recently.More