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IGLTA eNewsletter

IGLTA signs Organizational Partnership with BRAZTOA

Breaking news: An Organizational Partnership went into effect today between IGLTA and BRAZTOA, the Brazilian Tour Operators Association, based in São Paulo. Since 1989, BRAZTOA has united tour operators and service providers covering both inbound and outbound travel, establishing itself as a market leader for the Brazilian tourism industry. We'll share more details in next week's eNews!

21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

Travel Talk voting opens tomorrow

IGLTA members have the chance to shape the content of our Annual Global Convention through our Travel Talk program. We asked our members to submit videos on aspects of travel that excite and inspire them, and we've narrowed it down to three topics. Starting tomorrow, our members have the opportunity to vote for their favorite: "Travel in the Age of Trump," "How Do You Figure Out What to Do, Where to Go as an LGBTQ Traveler in 2018?" or "Lessons Learned Three Years Post Marriage Equality in the U.S." The submission with the most votes will be featured on the main stage at #IGLTA2018 in Toronto. Each of our members will receive an email with a unique voting link, which can only be used once. Voting is open for 30 days. If you don't receive your email, please message iglta@iglta.org. Good luck to our three Travel Talk contenders!

21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

Be a part of the major LGBTQ presence at ITB Berlin

IGLTA returns to the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion (Hall 21b, stand 215c) with several staff members and ambassadors in attendance throughout the week. Be sure to come say hello or message iglta@iglta.org to make an appointment in advance.

Other ITB Berlin LGBTQ networking opportunities:

  • 7 March: LGBTQ Media Brunch, 11am-12:30pm, ITB, CityCube Berlin, Room M6
  • 7 March: The annual Gay ITB Party presented by TomonTour.com with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, drag queens and DJs. Email ITB@tomontour.com for an official invitation link. The fun begins at 19:30.
  • 8 March: Spartacus Travel Awards with DJ and open bar, 19:00-23.30, Rooftop Bar, TWO Hotel Berlin by Axel, RSVP by 23 Feb. to award@spartacus.de.
  • 9 March: Panel Discussion: The Significance of LGBT Networks on Corporate and External Levels, 12-13:00, ITB, Palais am Funkturm (hall 19), Award Hall. Followed by presentation of the ITB LGBT Pioneer Award.
  • 9 March: Axel Hotel & IGLTA ITB Networking Reception with refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres provided by the new on-site Madloba restaurant, 21:00-midnight, Axel Hotel Berlin. Donation suggested to benefit the IGLTA Foundation. Click here for more information or to RSVP.
  • 21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    Small business spotlight

    Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Artisans of Leisure, a luxury travel company that arranges private, customized tours in more than 60 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific; and Fieldwood Gaytravel, a Swedish tour operator with more than 20 years experience in creating unique travel plans.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    Hilton takes a lead on LGBTQ outreach

    Outreach to the LGBTQ community is almost second nature to much of the hotel industry. But in addition to simply being the right thing to do, this interaction is increasingly seen as a critical part of marketing. For a massive hotel company with multiple brands like Hilton, there are many aspects to attracting the queer traveler — and making them feel welcome and valued.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    Egyptian police arrest a gay concert organizer and charge him with 'debauchery'

    Egyptian police recently arrested a student in the Giza district of Kerdasa for "debauchery" after allegedly organizing a concert for gay people. The Egypt gay concert never happened. Now the student and one other man face legal charges. The student allegedly rented a venue for an Egypt gay concert planned to take place on Saturday, 10 February 2018. When the student went to meet the venue owner, egyptindependent.com reports, police arrived and arrested both men.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    1st annual LGBT getaways cruise set for April

    Home-based travel agencies Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations are hosting their first annual LGBT Getaways Cruise this April. This queer lifestyle cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette will depart from Fort Lauderdale on 8 April 2018, for a 7-night voyage to the Eastern Caribbean. The LGBTQ tourism market has been estimated to total $211 billion worldwide, according to LGBT2030—and Community Marketing surveys indicate that approximately 16 percent of gay travelers took a cruise in the past year, more than three times the figure for straight travelers.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    Jacinda Ardern becomes 1st New Zealand PM to march in gay pride parade

    Jacinda Ardern has become the first New Zealand prime minister to walk in the country's gay pride parade. More than 25,000 people watched the parade in Auckland on Saturday night, cheering as the prime minister strolled down Ponsonby Road flanked by her finance minister, Grant Robertson, a gay man, and Louisa Wall, a Labour MP who is gay.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    NI Secretary says same-sex marriage could be introduced via Westminster

    The British government has said same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland could be introduced via Westminster. Northern Secretary Karen Bradley said while it should be a matter for the Stormont Assembly, if the matter was to be raised at Westminster it is the government's policy to allow a free vote on matters of conscience. She was responding to a written question from Labour MP Conor McGinn, who asked if she would bring forward legislative proposals on equal marriage for same-sex couples in the region.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    Russians warned they will be forced to house 'gay homestays' in homophobic election advert

    Russians have been told they will be forced to house displaced homosexuals and risk being drafted for military service in their 60s if they don't vote in March's presidential election, in a viral video. The three-minute clip, which features professional actors and has reportedly been viewed more than three million times, features a middle-aged man on March 17, the night before the first round of elections in Russia.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    LGBT 'taskforce' in Indonesian city adds to fears of gay rights crackdown

    The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a "taskforce" to curb the activities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, raising fears of a fresh crackdown on sexual minorities in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT

    Same-sex marriage would be 'parody marriage' under new South Carolina bill

    In a challenge to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, a group of conservative South Carolina lawmakers filed a bill to recognize marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Any other union would be deemed a "parody marriage," according to the bill's language.

    21 Feb 2018 12:10:50 CDT