IGLTA eNewsletter – IGLTA welcomes first ambassador for South Korea


IGLTA welcomes first ambassador for South Korea
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IGLTA member Ryan Choi grew up in South Korea. He moved to the United States to study tourism management and destination marketing, earning a master’s degree from NYU. Now he is the owner of Kimchi Travel Inc. in Virginia, an agency specializing in tours to South Korea and other Asian destinations. “South Korea has tons of potential for gay markets,” Ryan says. “You cannot imagine Korea before you visit. It’s an amazing country.” Contact Ryan via his IGLTA ambassador email: SouthKorea@iglta.org.



Reception at ASAE
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Save the date for the 8th Annual GLBT Party during the ASAE 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition in St. Louis. Co-sponsored by IGLTA, Meet Minneapolis, Delta Air Lines and the Mall of America, the party will be held at Erney’s 32, 4200 Manchester Ave., on Monday, 8 August, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Félicitations à la France!
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We’d like to give a special salute this week to our members in France. IGLTA now has 101 member businesses in France, making it the country with the largest membership in Europe. Our French ambassador may be reached at France@iglta.org.

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.
  • SPECIAL RATE — ASTA’s The Trade Show: 11-13 September in Las Vegas, USA. ASTA’s Travel Retailing & Destination Expo provides quality travel agents the opportunity to develop their professional career.
  • Out & Equal Annual Summit: 25-28 October in Dallas, USA. The Summit boasts more than 2,300 attendees who participate in more than 125 workshops and caucuses all designed to create an inclusive workplace. The Summit justly deserves its international reputation as the premier conference on LGBT issues in the workplace.


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Newest IGLTA members
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IGLTA welcomes all new members who have joined the association in the month of August. Click here to see who joined!

Nepal has Asia’s first same-sex marriage
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While New Yorkers were wringing their hands over same-sex marriage, Nepal RPCV Courtney Mitchell married fellow Denver resident Sarah Welton and made history by being the first lesbian couple to tie the knot in Asia, exchanging vows in Kathamdu’s Dakshinkali temple in Nepal under the delighted gaze of Sunil Babu Pant, the country’s one and only out and proud gay legislator. More

NAACP hosts historic gay rights panel
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Comedian Wanda Sykes and CNN anchor Don Lemon were among the panelists on the NAACP’s first forum to discuss LGBT issues at its 102nd annual national convention. More

Despite violence, Mexico tourism remains strong
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Mexico’s international image may be taking hits because of the violence produced by drug cartels, but it hasn’t hurt its tourism industry, officials say. More

Facebook gives rise to holiday envy
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A study of 3,000 Brits by Teletext Holidays has found that 1 in 4 have booked an exotic holiday after being envious of a friend’s foreign jaunt. More

Google debuts experimental hotel finder search tool
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Google has unveiled an experimental search tool called Google Hotel Finder designed to help users find hotels based on geography and rate. More
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