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U.S. Department of State joins #IGLTA2017 CEO Panel

Join us at the IGLTA Annual Global Convention 4-6 May as we delve into a topic on every tourism professional's mind today: Crisis management. Our CEO Panel will address the many threats facing today's global travel community and the ways that tourism businesses can move forward in the wake of terrorist attacks, travel restrictions and assaults on human rights. Panelists: Karen L. Christensen, U.S. Department of State; Peter De Wilde, VISITFLANDERS; Brian King, Marriott International; Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Council. Moderated by Daniela Wagner, Connecting Travel & Director of EMEA, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Welcome to the new IGLTA board

IGLTA has added six new tourism professionals to its board of directors in this year's appointment process.

Felipe Cardenas, Bogota, Colombia - Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CCLGBTco)
Earl Fowlkes, Washington, DC, U.S. - Center for Black Equity
Uwern Jong, London, UK - OutThere Publishing
Richard Krieger, New York, NY, U.S. – PrideWorld/The Isramworld Portfolio of Brands
Steven Larkin, Toronto, ON, Canada – Delta Air Lines
Don Skeoch, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. – LA Tourism & Convention Board

Richard Gray, Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB; Juan Julia, Barcelona, Spain - Axel Hotels; and Jon Munoz, Washington, DC, U.S. - Hilton, were each reappointed for another two-year term. They join returning board members Shiho Ikeuchi, Kyoto, Japan - Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Dan Melesurgo,Washington, DC, U.S. - American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Chris Stanley, Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Silversea Cruises. IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella holds a non-voting seat on the board as well as a non-voting seat on the nominating committee. Thank you to the IGLTA members who served on this year's committee, which is led by the association's immediate Past Chair, Dan Melesurgo (USA): Bruno Teixeira (Brazil), Katie Barratt (South Africa); Oriol Pamies (Israel); and Chris Stanley (U.S.). The new board members step in at the end of the board meeting that leads into the 4-6 May Annual Global Convention.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

IGLTA adds Consumer Marketing Manager to staff

Please join us in welcoming Auston Matta, well known for his travel blog Two Bad Tourists, as our full-time consumer marketing manager. He'll help us to develop our strategy to better promote our member businesses to travelers and oversee upcoming contests and promotions. You can reach him at auston.matta@iglta.org.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Meet our new ambassador for Central America

Travel consultant Julio Calvo, CEO of Gaycostarica.com and founder/president of the Costa Rica Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Camara De Comercio Diversa Costa Rica), was recently announced as IGLTA's first volunteer ambassador in Central America. Calvo, who has been in the tourism industry for more than 15 years, is a pioneer in LGBTQ tourism to Costa Rica and Central America. You can reach him at centralamerica@iglta.org.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Global Partner Spotlight: Hilton

Hilton, a Platinum Level Global Partner of IGLTA and longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community, is one of 107 corporations to receive an inaugural LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award in February. In addition to their support of IGLTA, Hilton has regularly collaborated with leading organizations such as the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, GLAAD, the National LGBTQ Task Force, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Point Foundation. Hilton offers a wide range of diversity and inclusion resources for team members and executives, including a comprehensive adoption assistance program, an Executive Diversity Council and a LGBT and Friends Team Member Resource Group. Click here for special LGBTQ travel packages from Hilton.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

For LGBTQ travelers, rivers cruises are the rage

When planning their holiday last year, Bryan and Kevin Manley-Green made the choice that more and more adventure-seeking gay travelers around the world are making — they booked themselves on a river cruise. The Manley-Greens knew they wanted to explore Eastern Europe, but they wanted to do so safely in a region that's not known for being incredibly gay-friendly.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Check out the videos from Lebanon's 1st ever LGBTI sexual health week

Lebanon is hosting its first ever LGBTI sexual health week and will focus on the marginalization of the community. The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) will run the health week which will focus on how the marginalization of the LGBTI community affects mental health. In a series of videos the health campaign tackles the myriad of issues LGBTI people face living in Lebanon.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Why tourists should still travel to cities attacked by terrorists, from London to Istanbul

"Exit here for Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament." During the Thursday morning rush hour on London's Jubilee Line, that pre-recorded invitation did not apply. The previous afternoon, a pathetic thug had driven a car at high speed into a group of schoolchildren and other pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

France urged to push Indonesia on LGBT rights

The French President has been urged to push Indonesia on LGBT+ rights, as he is set to arrive there this week. Francois Hollande has been urged by the Human Rights Watch to emphasise that respecting human rights is part of having a strong relationship with France. "France should ensure that its pursuit of deeper economic ties with Indonesia does not come at the price of silence on human rights," said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director at Human Rights Watch.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Report: North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' will cost the state $3.8 billion in lost business

Despite promises by Republicans that North Carolina's infamous "bathroom bill" won't hurt the state's economy, a new analysis from the Associated Press has found the legislation could result in lost business to the tune of $3.76 billion. The AP report found that HB2 — which prevents transgender people from using the bathroom corresponding to the gender they identify with and chips away at protections for the LGBT community — has racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in lost business and abandoned deals since it was passed in the state one year ago.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Caribbean pastors ask US to stop promoting LGBT rights abroad

Nearly 300 religious officials from the Caribbean and Guyana have urged the U.S. to no longer promote LGBT and intersex rights abroad. The 289 ministers who are from the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter they sent to President Trump on Jan. 31.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Native American Osage nation votes to recognize tribal same-sex marriages

Members of the Osage nation in Oklahoma voted last week in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry. Just over 52 percent of voters approved amending the legal definition of marriage to be "a personal relation between two persons," Osage News reports on the complete but unofficial tally. "This was overdue," Jennifer Tiger, an Osage tribal member who drove from California to cast vote in person, told the newspaper. "The United States Supreme Court recognized gay marriage two years ago. This was long overdue."

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

How Brazil's contradictory attitudes foster violence toward the LGBT-community

On 15 February, shocking video was captured of the murder of Dandara dos Santos, a male-to-female transgender woman who was tortured and shot on the streets of Fortaleza, a city in the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará. The murder was captured on video and soon went viral. For activists in the Brazilian transgender community this horrific crime cast the spotlight on their plight too late.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Same-sex marriage debated in Taiwan, as rights activists petition government

A panel of 14 grand justices heard a debate about gay marriage in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, 24 March. The discussion is over a disputed law that states marriage is between a man and a woman. Critics have arguedn it is unconstitutional. If the law is overturned, it could pave the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan, making the island the first to introduce same-sex marriage in Asia.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Sapporo to become 1st major city to recognize LGBT couples in June

The municipal government of Sapporo, Japan, has said it plans to officially recognize same-sex partnerships between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples from June, becoming the first major city in Japan to do so. The local government initially planned to begin the program in April but decided to first set a publicity period to inform the public. The timing of the introduction was announced during a municipal assembly committee session recently.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

Germany to officially pardon 50,000 gay men convicted under Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality

Germany is to officially pardon 50,000 men convicted under a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality that continued to be enforced after the Second World War. Paragraph 175 was used by Adolf Hitler's regime to send thousands of people to concentration camps but even after the Holocaust, it was not dropped by the new West German government.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT

South Sudan rebuffs UN push for gay marriage

South Sudan has turned down the UN request to adopt a recommendation legalizing same-sex marriage. Justice minister Paulino Wanawila told the media in Juba that the young nation would live up to its traditional laws. The UN Human Rights Council recently asked South Sudan to legalize gay marriage and abolish death sentence.

29 Mar 2017 15:34:20 CDT