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IGLTA CEO in Colombia

Association President/CEO John Tanzella traveled to Bogota last week for a series of meetings that were arranged through the Camara de Comerciantes LGBT de Colombia (CCLGBTco), the country's LGBT chamber of commerce—which included ProColombia, the national office for tourism promotion. The trip highlight was a staged interview at the W Bogota between CCLGBTco President Felipe Cárdenas and Tanzella on "The Perspectives and Opportunities of LGBT Tourism" that attracted more than 80 tourism professionals and was featured via Facebook Live. The CCLGBTco, a longtime Organizational Partner of IGLTA, serves as the ambassador team for IGLTA In Colombia, assisting with membership promotion and assistance.

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You're Invited! LGBT Party at ASAE

Join Meet Minneapolis and the IGLTA Foundation for the 15th Annual LGBT Party during ASAE. The event runs from 10:01 pm to 1 a.m., 20 August at Roscoe's in Chicago. Meeting planners and association executives should bring a business card for entry in the grand prize Minneapolis getaway drawing valued at over $3,000! No charge to attend, but donations to the IGLTA Foundation are encouraged. Funds raised will support the development of the next generation of LGBT tourism professionals, marketing assistance for small LGBT businesses in emerging destinations, and global research to further understanding of the LGBT travel industry.

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Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Alpha Gay Resort, a gay resort on Samui Island, Thailand with edgy rooms and villas to provide you with an escape from busy city life to unwind, rejuvenate, and fall in love; and Madero Tango, A Tango Dinner Show restaurant located in the most exclusive neighborhood in Buenos Aires. READ MORE

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LGBTQ travelers and the reality of visiting Uganda

Michael Kajubi, the founder of McBern Tours and Travel, received a scholarship from the IGLTA Foundation to attend this year’s IGLTA Convention in Toronto. McBern is a Ugandan company that employs members of the LGBTQ community, as well as the elderly. We spoke to him about his home country and what it’s really like for queer citizens and travelers. TP: The Western world hears a lot about the dangers of being gay in Uganda. What is your perspective on the ground there?

08 Aug 2018 13:36:51 CDT

Colombia makes its way as 'LGBT Destination of world preference'

The LGBT Chamber of Colombian Traders -CCLGBTCO- organized the "Perspectives and Opportunities for LGBT Tourism in the World" during which the main strengths and opportunities of tourism among that specific segment were analyzed and discussed. The event, preceded by Felipe Cárdenas, was attended and attended by John Tanzella, President of the International Tourism Association (IGLTA).

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In pictures: Paris hosts 10th Gay Games aimed at promoting LGBT rights

Paris is hosting the 10th Gay Games, a sport contest modeled after the Olympics aimed at promoting the rights of the LGBT community. Six years before hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, Paris welcomes more than 10,000 people from 91 countries for the 10th Gay Games, a week of sporting events and cultural meetings.

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LGBT groups banned from organizing around the world, says report

Just 56 percent of the world’s countries allow LGBT groups to organize without the threat of arrest or state harassment, further marginalizing gay organizations from mainstream society, according to a report published on Tuesday. The LGBT rights group OutRight Action International analyzed 194 countries and found that only 109 allow gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender groups to register legally.

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Russia LGBT activists detained during St Petersburg rally

Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. About 60 activists gathered at the main square in the city center, despite a ban being placed on the rally. They held up placards and rainbow-colored flags, and called for LGBT rights to be protected.

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Thousands flood downtown Vancouver for 2018 Pride parade

Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of downtown Vancouver for the 40th annual Pride parade Sunday, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet members. Trudeau was joined by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan as they led a rainbow-colored procession behind them. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson also joined for a brief period of time in what will be his last parade as mayor.

08 Aug 2018 13:36:51 CDT

Israel's new adoption law to end discrimination against LGBT parents

The country's new adoption law will give same-sex couples the same right to adopt children in Israel as other couples, according to the memorandum of the bill written by the justice and social affairs ministries and obtained by Haaretz. The legislation is a reversal of the state's previous policy, which discriminated against LGBT couples who wished to adopt. It also follows a High Court challenge to that law in 2017 and a promise by the state to correct that stance.

08 Aug 2018 13:36:51 CDT

LGBT progress in Asia met with conservative pushback

It was a hot and muggy Saturday in mid-July, and Singapore's oasis of green was turning pink. Men and women gathered in Hong Lim Park, a 9,400-sq.-meter field in the middle of the business district, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pink Dot, a local movement in support of LGBT rights.

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