Up to 64% off airfare to Brazil!
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, TAM Airlines, SkyTeam Alliance and American Airlines. Discounts are available from North America, Europe and within Latin America. More coming soon. For more details, click here.
Pride House London 2012
For the first time at a Summer Games, Pride House London will open its doors, marking a significant milestone for the global LGBT community. As one of the largest of 15 Olympic Houses being planned, this open-air venue will present a dynamic 18-day festival with live music and entertainment, televised broadcasts of the Games, art exhibitions, fashion shows, hospitality programs and much more. Set to open in Clapham Common from 26 July to 12 August, Pride House will become a premier attraction for visitors to the Olympic Games, providing the perfect setting for brand activations, and corporate events for sponsors and partners seeking to raise visibility and engage with an LGBT audience. Organizers are hoping to create a tourism pavilion for destinations interested in targeting Pride House visitors. For more information about getting involved, please contact Jocelyn Wudel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Pride House by visiting www.pridehouselondon.co.uk; find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Advertise in our 2012 Conference Program
Did you know that LGBT travel is a multibillion dollar industry? Advertising in the 2012 convention program is a great way to increase your visibility to one of the fastest growing travel segments. Target more than 300 travel professionals all at once! Ad space is limited, so book your space today. Click here to view options and pricing.
Call for silent auction items
We have begun to accept donations for our popular silent auction, which will take place online during the Annual Global Convention, 12-14 April in Florianopolis, Brazil. 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. We encourage all members to donate what they can to help make this year’s convention a success. For information and to donate, please complete the Auction Donation form.
Brochure distribution available at ITB Berlin
Space is nearly sold out! Join IGLTA in the 170m² Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin and be a part of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show®. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180-plus countries come together at ITB every March to do business in Berlin. Booth Share spaces in the IGLTA stand are sold out, however a limited number of Brochure Distribution opportunities are still available to IGLTA members. Register today and get ready to be a part of the world’s largest LGBT travel-trade pavilion! Click here to register.
Attention IGLTA suppliers
Following our 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, we are co-hosting a Brazilian buyer event in Sao Paolo, from 12-3 p.m., 16 April. This is an additional opportunity for convention attendees to directly network with outbound Brazilian tour operators/travel agents and media. This supplier/buyer marketplace is produced in conjunction with ABRAT GLS, Brazil’s national gay chamber. Brochure distribution is also available for businesses unable to attend. For details, CLICK HERE.
Court: California gay-marriage ban unconstitutional
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A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year. More
Expats lured by Brazil’s booming economy
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It just made sense to be in South America’s economic heart, Jonathan Rosenthal reasoned, no matter that he had been working on Wall Street with some of the investment world’s most heady firms. The fact was, the United States was in a sustained slump and Europe was tanking, but there were promising opportunities in Brazil. More
Director of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ announces he’s gay
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A first in Moscow: LGBT activists march unhindered
For the first time in history of Russia, the rainbow flag floated for several hours in the streets of Moscow without major incident. More
Airline capacity grows for 9th consecutive month in February
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Flights still may seem to be quite full, but airline capacity continues to grow of the ninth consecutive month, according to the latest statistics from OAG. Airline capacity grew 5 percent this month, translating to a slightly larger capacity increase (6%) as the average available seats in February 2012 nudges towards 127 per aircraft versus 125 in the same period last year. More
Malev Airlines collapse leaves other carriers working to fill void
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Several European carriers have said they are interested in filing the void left by the collapse of state-owned Malev Airlines. The government-owned Hungarian airline, which was $270 million in debut, shut down 3 February after 66 years in business as creditors seized its aircraft. More
Diamond Jubilee: Queen celebrating 60-year reign
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The Queen has visited a school in Norfolk as she marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Earlier she said she was dedicating herself “anew to your service” and that she was “deeply moved” by support for the Diamond Jubilee. More
US travel industry posts major employment gains in January
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The U.S. travel industry, outpacing other sectors, saw significant employment gains in January, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s January 2012 employment numbers reported 3 February. “Today’s report offers a sign that the overall recovery, which has been stuck in low gear, is starting to accelerate, and confirms that the travel industry continues to outpace other sectors,” said David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association. More
Navy asked to make room for Sydney cruise boom
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The New South Wales Government is in talks with the Royal Australia Navy to free up space in Sydney Harbor for the city’s booming cruise ship industry. Ports Minister Duncan Gay says a 43% increase in numbers this year is the state’s biggest tourism success story. More
Hello Kitty jets: Cutest airplanes ever
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How to score the best hotel rooms
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Source = International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association