The man who saved brand Mexico
A calm, steady hand for six tumultuous years
leading his country’s tourism board, Rodolfo
Lopez Negrete is leaving big shoes to fill. 8
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THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY’S TRUSTED VOICE
Mexico Tourism Board’s Rodolfo Lopez
Negrete looks back on his 6-year tenure. 4
Sake Journeys offers tours that focus on the
country’s celebrated rice wine drink. 21
It’s always best for a lawyer to draft con-
tracts, but here are some tips for DIYers. 7
Iran, long a headache for U.S.
diplomacy and a threat to world
order, has become a surprisingly
hot ticket since signing a nuclear
accord with the West.
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of Arg-e Rayen, Iran.
Among 49 victims: Top Hat Eddie, an agent whose
spirit energized the products and groups he booked
LGBT tourism advocates remain firm in belief
that travel is a potent weapon against intolerance
By Jamie Biesiada
After Eddie Sotomayor started donning a top
hat to stand out in crowds as the brand manager of AlandChuck.travel, the look became
iconic, sparking not just his Top Hat Eddie
nickname but even its own hashtag.
Sotomayor was killed, at age 34, in the
June 12 shooting at Orlando’s Pulse night-
club. Immediately, his friends and acquain-
tances began using the top hat as a symbol
around which they could honor a man they
remembered as smart, energetic, funny, well-
traveled and, above all, passionate.
On social media, from top-hat emojis to
top-hat profile pictures to photos of Sotomayor with the hashtag #tophateddie — and,
See SOTOMAYOR on Page 36 See LGBT on Page 36
By Michelle Baran
The global LGBT traveling community was
shaken to its core last week when a gunman
in Orlando shot and killed 49 people at a gay
nightclub and injured 53 others. But advo-
cates for LGBT travel said that, if anything,
the shooting highlighted how important it is
for the community to continue to travel and
to interact with other people and cultures
throughout the world.
“Travel is one of the things in the world
that really connects cultures and diversity,”
said John Tanzella, president and CEO of
the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which promotes LGBT-friendly travel.
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Orlando’s travel community rocked by shock and grief