IGLTA eNewsletter – Continued success for IGLTA at London’s WTM

 
 
 
Continued success for IGLTA at London’s WTM
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World Travel Market, which brings together nearly 48,000 industry professionals every November, was once again an opportunity for IGLTA members and global partners to conduct business. Sharing booth space with partner World Rainbow Hotels, IGLTA distributed member brochures — welcome to new airline member, Iceland Express — and organized networking events. Member events started with a performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium where preshow and intermission drinks receptions were organized by made. Tourism Flanders-Brussels hosted an IGLTA member happy hour in their stand, and the May Fair Hotel hosted a member networking reception in their Quince Salon, with wine provided by Lebanese vintner Chateau Musar. IGLTA also participated in the ETOA GEM 2011 workshop, and attended the ETOA and UK Inbound annual dinners. Be sure and check out all the WTM photos on the IGLTA Facebook page.



Donate the perfect holiday gift
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The IGLTA Holiday Travel Auction opens for bidding on 30 November at 12 p.m. and we need donations from our incredibly diverse membership to make it a success. This is a fun way to help the association and showcase your business to LGBT travelers at the same time. We’ll be promoting the auction, which will close 7 December, in upcoming newsletters and on our Facebook page. To donate a travel item or get more information, please contact deven@iglta.org.

Airfare discounts now available
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Are you attending the upcoming IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Brazil? Be sure to take advantage of our special airfare rates for convention attendees. We currently offer discounted rates with Delta Air Lines, AeroMexico, SkyTeam Alliance, American Airlines, and AirFrance. More coming soon. For more details, click here.

Member benefits
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Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members at www.IGLTA.org/events.
  • NTA Convention: 5-9 December in Las Vegas, USA. NTA’s annual all-member convention brings together the most diverse group of buyers and sellers of any travel industry show.
  • ITB Berlin: 7-11 March, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. The world’s largest trade show and convention for travel professionals.


New 7 Wonders of Nature
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The people have spoken. Millions of voters from around the world have cast their ballots for seven sites to be included in the New 7 Wonders of Nature list. More

Survey finds business travelers use more mobile tech
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Business travelers are increasingly using mobile technology in researching and booking travel, which should increase business traveler interaction, according to a study. More

Furore in Canada’s British Columbia over supposed ban on gay tourism from China
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An uproar broke out in the Canadian province of British Columbia when a brochure sent by the provincial government to business owners warned against promotions involving gay tourism, casinos or gambling. More

Carnival launches 2 year-round ships from New Orleans
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Carnival Cruise Lines has launched two year-round cruise ships from the Port of New Orleans to operate year-round departures, returning Carnival’s presence in the city to since Hurricane Katrina. More

Delta expands flights from New York to more domestic, Caribbean destinations
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Delta Air Lines detailed new plans to expand flights from New York City’s JFK and LaGuardia airports with 12 new daily flights to 11 domestic and Caribbean destinations in spring and summer 2012. More

Flood update: Waters starting to recede in some Bangkok areas
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In parts of Bangkok and Ayutthaya flood waters in Thailand have started to recede. Central Bangkok has remained dry throughout. More

NewNowNext Travel Awards 2011: We have winners
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The results for the NewNowNext Travel Awards are in and NewNowNext Travel have some winners to share with you — and one of them is a bit of a shocker. More

J.D. Powers says consumers are happier with car rentals
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Customer satisfaction with rental cars has increased for a second consecutive year, returning to nearly 2006 levels, according to the recent study. More

Stuck at the airport because of luggage fees
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A traveler who couldn’t afford to pay baggage fees spent eight days sleeping at the airport. Was this passenger’s experience an unusual incident, or should the airline have disclosed its fees more prominently? More

New online LGBT consumer initiative announced
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The leading global LGBT marketing specialist Out Now Consulting revealed that the global market potential of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender market is set to reach almost $165 billion in total spending on leisure travel in 2012. More

United Airlines flies eco-friendly flight
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United Airlines flew the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuel on Nov. 7. Flight 1403, a Boeing 737-800, departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:30 a.m. for Chicago O’Hare International Airport. More

The talk of World Travel Market
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London’s World Travel Market is the one of the largest travel trade shows in the world, maybe the largest. So it’s usually a good gauge of the health of the travel industry. More

Israel-Palestine: 3 French LGBT associations on the road to peace
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French LGBT associations of the three great religions are in group travel. The goal is to see what unites us is stronger than what divides us. More

Source = International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

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