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IGLTA returns to MAP-Paris
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For the second year, IGLTA is proud to partner with the Monde à Paris consumer trade show. Promoted as the "world’s biggest travel agency," the MAP salon includes more than 500 destinations and hosts some 100,000 consumers each year. Held 17-20 March at the Paris-Porte de Versailles fairgrounds, the 36th edition of the salon also will host the second edition of the IGLTA Gay Village. IGLTA is pleased to provide brochure distribution to its members and will host a member networking reception in the Gay Village at MAP on Friday, 18 March, starting at 6 p.m., sponsored by Nice Irisée Naturellement, le 20 Prieuré Hôtel, PG Evenements and the MAP. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Following the networking reception, join us for an after party at the Spyce bar in Paris’ lively Marais district. For additional information, contact Benoit Breton at france@iglta.org.




Egypt calls on Oprah
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The Egyptian minister of tourism has invited Oprah Winfrey to hold shows at Cairo’s Tahrir Square as part of an initiative to restore the country’s tourism image. Minister Adbel Nour said that he would not allow Egypt to turn into a cheap… More

Call for silent auction items
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We have begun to accept donations for our popular silent auction, which will take place during our annual global convention, 10-15 May in Fort Lauderdale. Each donor will be listed on our website with their company logo next to the auction item to increase interest ahead of the convention. This is a great opportunity for members to get more exposure and visibility leading up to the convention. We encourage all members to donate what they can to help make this year’s convention a worthwhile event for all. For information please contact Deven Chism at deven@iglta.org. To donate, please complete the Auction Donation form.

Staying fit on the road: 5 things you need to know
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Year after year, staying fit and losing weight are two of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, research shows that somewhere around 75 percent of people abandon their resolutions by 14 January. For frequent travelers… More

Essential first-aid kit for smart travelers
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Dengue fever? Rabies? EBOLA? Doubtful. Nausea, pink eye and the runs? Now we’re talking. While any symptoms that involve foaming at the mouth or bleeding from the eyes should be taken extremely seriously, don’t let your guidebook’s talk of exotic… More




Car rental companies add ‘no smoking’ signs
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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has announced that it would ban smoking for travelers renting cars at all United States Dollar and Thrifty corporate-owned locations and participating franchise locations. Renters who do not comply with… More

News release distribution service
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TravelOutNewsWire, the news release distribution service from IGLTA, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association and Witeck-Combs Communications, now reaches more than 250 media outlets, freelance writers and bloggers in 20-plus countries. When you send a release about your business through TONW, you’re reaching journalists who have opted in specifically to receive LGBT travel news. Your release also will be featured via a post to the IGLTA Facebook page and Twitter feed, reaching an additional 3,300 gay travel fans. For more information, please visit www.iglta.org/tonw.

Call for board nominees
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Are you interested in serving on IGLTA’s Board of Directors? We have opened the application process for this year’s board. Please download the Call for Nominations form and Letter of Intent. Make a note of deadlines and dates — a failure to do so may eliminate your eligibility to run for the position.

11 March: Nomination cut-off date — Please note: All nominating materials including the letter of intent must be received by IGLTA headquarters NO LATER than this date!


IGLTA teams up with GAYVENTION in Germany
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Be part of one of the most important gay and lesbian trade shows in Germany: GAYVENTION. Launched in Hamburg in 2008, GAYVENTION is extending its reach in 2011 and also will be held this year for the first time in Munich. Organizers are expecting 3,000 visitors 12-13 March in the Old Congress Hall of Munich and 5,000 visitors on 26-27 March in the Terminal Tango of Hamburg Airport. IGLTA and GAYVENTION are pleased to announce an exclusive offer for IGLTA members: Brochure distribution at the IGLTA Lounge-GAYVENTION for both Munich and Hamburg starts at just $450 USD. Sign up today to be part of the success at GAYVENTION! Download the information and order form here.


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RailEurope

A little bit of planning can mean a lot more traveling. Traveling by train will enhance your entire European experience: no airport hassles or wasted time, and more leisurely gourmet dining as you gaze through panoramic windows while being whisked from city center to city center. It’s no wonder trains are so popular, so make sure you book in advance to get the best prices and most choices. More info

Expedia

Plan your next great vacation with Expedia. As the world’s largest online travel agency, we make it easy to get the best prices on flights, hotels, and flight + hotel vacations. More info

Halifax

Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info

 

Ongoing Member Specials

Accor Hotels
10% off

American Airlines
Use IGLTA’s Business ExtrAA number, 751626, when flying.

Avis Car Rental
Special rate with IGLTA AWD# B450300

Hertz
Save with CDP# 1908624

Hyatt Hotels
10% off with Corporate ID CR05661

Millennium Hotels
15% off

Source = International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

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