IGLTA eNewsletter – Continued success for IGLTA at London’s WTM

Continued success for IGLTA at London’s WTM
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World Travel Market, which brings together nearly 48,000 industry professionals every November, was once again an opportunity for IGLTA members and global partners to conduct business. Sharing booth space with partner World Rainbow Hotels, IGLTA distributed member brochures – welcome to new airline member, Iceland Express – and organized networking events. Member events started with a performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium where preshow and intermission drinks receptions were organized by made. Tourism Flanders-Brussels hosted an IGLTA member happy hour in their stand, and the May Fair Hotel hosted a member networking reception in their Quince Salon, with wine provided by Lebanese vintner Chateau Musar. IGLTA also participated in the ETOA GEM 2011 workshop, and attended the ETOA and UK Inbound annual dinners. Be sure and check out all the WTM photos on the IGLTA Facebook page.

Donate the perfect holiday gift
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The IGLTA Holiday Travel Auction opens for bidding on 30 November at 12 p.m. and we need donations from our incredibly diverse membership to make it a success. This is a fun way to help the association and showcase your business to LGBT travelers at the same time. We’ll be promoting the auction, which will close 7 December, in upcoming newsletters and on our Facebook page. To donate a travel item or get more information, please contact deven@iglta.org.

Airfare discounts now available
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Are you attending the upcoming IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Brazil? Be sure to take advantage of our special airfare rates for convention attendees. We currently offer discounted rates with Delta Air Lines, AeroMexico, SkyTeam Alliance, American Airlines, and AirFrance. More coming soon. For more details, click here.

Member benefits
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Check out our upcoming brochure distribution and booth share opportunities open only to IGLTA members at www.IGLTA.org/events.
  • NTA Convention: 5-9 December in Las Vegas, USA. NTA’s annual all-member convention brings together the most diverse group of buyers and sellers of any travel industry show.
  • ITB Berlin: 7-11 March, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. The world’s largest trade show and convention for travel professionals.

New 7 Wonders of Nature
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The people have spoken. Millions of voters from around the world have cast their ballots for seven sites to be included in the New 7 Wonders of Nature list. More

Survey finds business travelers use more mobile tech
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Business travelers are increasingly using mobile technology in researching and booking travel, which should increase business traveler interaction, according to a study. More

Furore in Canada’s British Columbia over supposed ban on gay tourism from China
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An uproar broke out in the Canadian province of British Columbia when a brochure sent by the provincial government to business owners warned against promotions involving gay tourism, casinos or gambling. More

Carnival launches 2 year-round ships from New Orleans
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Carnival Cruise Lines has launched two year-round cruise ships from the Port of New Orleans to operate year-round departures, returning Carnival’s presence in the city to since Hurricane Katrina. More

Delta expands flights from New York to more domestic, Caribbean destinations
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