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Meet your ambassador: Shiho Ikeuchi, Western Japan

Shiho Ikeuchi, our new volunteer ambassador for Western Japan, is the Director of Overseas Marketing at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and an extensive and diverse management background in hotel and restaurant operations, sales and marketing. Over the past few years, she has been aggressively involved in the development of LGBT tourism in Japan, and steadfastly works to increase the number of national IGLTA members. In coordination with her team at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, she was instrumental in creating a same-sex wedding package in March 2014. At present, same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, and the Hotel Granvia Kyoto was the first hotel in Japan to officially announce the acceptance of LGBT weddings. Email her at

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

IGLTA Foundation partners with ETAF

Please join us in supporting the worldwide outreach of LGBT tourism at our second annual IGLTA Foundation fund-raising reception, held on 8 April at the elegant Montage Beverly Hills in conjunction with our Annual Global Convention. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has provided five stunning photographs of Taylor in her Hollywood heyday for a silent auction to benefit both foundations and ETAF Ambassador and actor Daniel Franzese ("Eddie" on HBO's Looking) will attend. Tickets are US$100, first-come, first-served as capacity is limited. Thanks to our hosts, Preferred Hotel Group and the Montage Beverly Hills, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will support members in emerging destinations, global LGBT tourism research, and scholarships for future LGBT tourism professionals. If you're not able to attend, please consider making a donation to the Foundation at

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please support the small business members of our association around the world, such as LGBT-owned Talento Consultores in Guadalajara, Mexico, a company that empowers their clients to use their talents to improve their businesses; and Divota apartment hotel, which offers apartments and rooms throughout the old city center of Split, Croatia.

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

Puerto Rico seeks to recognize, allow gay marriages

Puerto Rico's Justice Department announced recently that it will not defend the U.S. territory's laws banning gay marriage in a major turnaround for the socially conservative island that surprised many. Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said that the government can no longer continue to discriminate against the gay community.

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

The fear of being gay in Russia

Moscow's first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community. It didn't quite work out that way. LGBT marchers that day clashed with riot police, who tried to stop the event.

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

Advocates of gay marriage protest mass-wedding ban

Gay marriage advocates protested the registration rules of the Taipei United Marriage Ceremony event, as the city moved to establish a new, separate ceremony open to gay couples. "Homosexuals desiring to marry should not be viewed as something to be quarantined and given 'special treatment' — they should be treated as members of society and as part of everyday life," Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) chief executive officer and attorney Victoria Hsu said.

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

The metro areas with largest, and smallest gay populations

The Census Bureau asks Americans about subjects as varied as race, age, annual income and even their source of home heating. But there is one glaring demographic omission: The census does not ask people about their sexual orientation. As a result, there has long been a shroud of uncertainty around the geography of gay and lesbian Americans.

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

Landmark gay rights case will challenge homophobic laws in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize

A gay rights activist will challenge the governments of two Caribbean nations to overturn a law that prevents gay people from entering their countries. The current immigration laws in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize bar "undesirable" persons from entering — a list that includes homosexuals, prostitutes and other marginalized groups.

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT

Benchmark Hospitality: Top 10 meeting trends for 2015

During the balance of 2015, hotels and meeting planners are likely to see rising group rates, customized meeting packages and an increased focus on experiential meetings, predicts Benchmark Hospitality, which has released its list of the "Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2015."

25 Mar 2015 12:40:47 CDT