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IGLTA convention registration is live

Join us for the premier educational and networking event in the LGBT tourism industry, the IGLTA Annual Global Convention. Our 34th edition is set for St. Petersburg, Florida 4-6 May 2017 with U.S. Travel Association President/CEO Roger Dow delivering a welcome address to the attendees. Registration went live on 27 September, World Tourism Day. Register now.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

IGLTA partners with IMTM for Pink Pavilion

A "Pink Pavilion" will make its debut at the 2017 Tel Aviv International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM), the official professional exhibition for the tourism trade in Israel. IGLTA members are invited to reserve space in a new association-branded LGBT area, which will be staffed by IGLTA Ambassador to Israel Russell Lord. In 2016, IMTM hosted 1,550 exhibitors and 15,400 trade visitors.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Global Partner Spotlight: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, an American multinational owner, operator, and franchiser of hotels, resorts and vacation properties, has been a proud Gold Global Partner of IGLTA since 2009. Hyatt raised the standard for corporate equality with the program HyPride, its employee business resource group for members and supporters of the LGBT community. HyPride gives all Hyatt colleagues the opportunity to have a voice within the company and fosters a welcoming environment. Hyatt was also one of 40 major corporations that took part in WERQ 2016, Chicago's LGBT-designated job fair, one of the only LGBT job fairs in the United States. With a 100 percent score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for 11 consecutive years, Hyatt has claimed its place among the leaders in corporate equality.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Guernsey officially approves same-sex marriage

Guernsey has officially approved same-sex couples to marry. Members of the States has voted 33 to 5 to legalize same-sex marriage. Until 21 September, the Channel island was one of the only places in the U.K. that did not allow either civil partnerships or same-sex marriage. In June 2015, Guernsey launched a consultation on marriage to assess the public’s view.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Chile's President vows to introduce equal marriage in 2017

The President of Chile has said she will soon send a bill to the country's Congress to legalize same-sex marriage. President Michelle Bachelet made an address to the United Nations General Assembly panel recently. During the speech, she said the bill would go to Congress in the first half of next year, 2017. "My government has committed to submit to Congress a bill on marriage equality during the first half of 2017," Bachelet said, reads a transcript.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

LGBTs back passage of bill vs sexual discrimination

It was a pink and rainbow kind of afternoon in the House of Representatives session hall on Monday, as lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) came in full force to support Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman's push for the passage of the Anti-Discriminatory Bill on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Roman, the country's first transgender legislator, delivered a privilege speech that was personal as much as it was representative of the experiences of her fellow LGBTs, that her voice cracked at some point while reading her speech.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Romania postpones ruling on same-sex marriage of US citizen

Romania's Constitutional Court on 20 September again postponed ruling on a petition to recognize the same-sex marriage of a U.S. citizen and a Romanian man. Romania currently does not recognize same-sex marriages or relationships amid opposition from the conservative Romanian Orthodox Church. The delay was the second time the court has put off ruling on the marriage of Claibourn Robert Hamilton, an American graphic designer and Adrian Coman, a rights activist.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Virginia launches new LGBT tourism marketing efforts

It has been nearly two years since Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the creation of a LGBT Tourism Task Force — and now it has finally done something. Recently, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced the launch of its first statewide LGBT tourism marketing initiative, including a new landing page for LGBT travelers and Virginia is for Lovers PRIDE merchandise.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Ugandan police break up annual LGBT parade

In Uganda, the 5th annual gay pride parade was scheduled to take place on 24 September. However, police intervention quickly broke up the celebration before the march got underway. After a second failed attempt at holding a pride parade this year, many feel the move signals a crackdown on LGBT spaces in Uganda.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Investors join call for North Carolina to repeal LGBT bill

About 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets are joining the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination. Trillium Asset Management CEO Matt Patsky said at a news conference Monday that North Carolina appears headed for a "state-government-inflicted recession" while the economy of the rest of the country improves.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT

Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Marriott International closed on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood's Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties. In total, 30 hotel brands now fall under the Marriott umbrella to create the largest hotel chain in the world with more than 5,800 properties and 1.1 million rooms in more than 110 countries.

28 Sep 2016 10:43:15 CDT