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Highlights from IGLTA's most successful Annual Global Convention

The IGLTA's 32nd Annual Global Convention in Los Angeles united tourism professionals from 27 countries for education and networking designed to enhance the landscape of LGBT tourism. Highlights from the IGLTA conference include...

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

In your vacation for 2 to CURAÇAO!

The Curaçao Tourist Board would like to hear your opinion as a member of the LGBT community about your motivations, activities and general impressions of Curaçao. This small, yet bustling Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao is home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning of 55 different cultures, a "live and let live" attitude, and unrivaled European architecture, making it one of the most welcoming islands in the Caribbean for every LGBT traveler. By completing a brief survey, you will have the opportunity to win two round-trip airline tickets to Curaçao plus a 4-night stay at the Floris Suite Hotel Curaçao.

Begin your trip by visiting and completing the survey before April 30!

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

What LGBT travelers want out of hotels

Hoteliers know that understanding every guest is pivotal to building trust among travelers, and, thus, pivotal to growing business. LGBT travelers are currently taking the travel industry by storm, and that was evident at the 2015 IGLTA Annual Global Convention. Celebrating its 32nd year, the IGLTA Annual Global Convention included major sponsors and partners from the hospitality industry, including sponsor Montage Beverly Hills and partners Hyatt, Hilton, Melia Hotels, Belmond and MGM Resorts.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

Understanding the Chinese LGBT traveler

If you work in the travel industry, chances are you're well aware by now that the Chinese traveler presents a lucrative opportunity moving forward. But cater to the LGBT community within China and you may have yourself a gold mine. Chinese travelers are being targeted heavily now in the travel industry, and so is the LGBT community in a world that is becoming more LGBT-friendly.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

LA rolls out the red carpet for LGBT tourism

Los Angeles rolled out the red carpet for LGBT tourism professionals from 27 countries at the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's 32nd Annual Global Convention held from 8-11 April. The event united tourism professionals from 27 countries for education and networking designed to enhance the landscape of LGBT tourism.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

US President Barack Obama receives Gay & Lesbian Travel award

United States President Barack Obama will receive the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's prestigious Chair Award this year. "This administration has gone to great lengths to make the U.S. more welcoming to the global LGBT community and has allowed individuals with HIV/AIDS to travel freely," says IGLTA Board Chair Dan Melesurgo. "We all know travel opens minds and changes perceptions. The actions of President Obama and his administration certainly have created a more positive experience for all of us."

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

IGLTA Foundation announces 2015 Conference Scholarship recipients

The IGLTA Foundation recently selected five recipients for its third annual Building Bridges Scholarships, a group that represents China, Colombia, Jamaica and Japan. Each will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and conference registration for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention in Los Angeles, 8-11 April.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

LGBT-rights group urges Guam governor to allow gay marriage

The nation's largest gay rights organization and Guam's biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples. Guam's attorney general said government officials should begin issuing licenses after a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit because they were denied a marriage application. But state officials, backed by the governor, refused the attorney general's directive because it wasn't a binding legal opinion.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association awards Curaçao 'Destination Pioneer' award

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) has awarded the Curaçao Tourist Board with its prestigious "Destination Pioneer" award for its exceptional efforts in developing the island into an all-welcoming destination for travelers. Curaçao boasts an impressive number of hotels and attractions with IGLTA memberships, which reflects its "Live and Let Live" philosophy to embrace all travelers.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

Northern Ireland parties' LGBT manifesto pledges

The largest party Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has not mentioned LGBT issues at all in their manifesto. They have historically opposed any and all LGBT rights votes in Westminster and Stormont. They most recently drafted a Conscience Clause which would exempt religious people from following equality laws.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

The next big fight for gay rights will be won by big business

The rapid expansion of gay rights and LGBT acceptance in the United States is a remarkable story, and one that's still unfolding. If you think you know how it ends, you don't. As federal courts and state and local governments have opened the door to same-sex marriage, for example, state legislatures in Republican-controlled capitals have been responding with measures to limit gay rights, quash same-sex marriage and take away local control over LGBT anti-discrimination policies.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT

ALMA Awards and Forum held in Bangkok

Built with a vision by its creator to "let our voices be heard and remain salient in the public sphere," ALMA has further developed into a mega-scale LGBT event platform with a number of programs including the ALMA Regional Leadership Forum, the ALMA Business & Diversity Networking Reception, and the ALMA Awards Ceremony.

21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 CDT