Nearly 700 delegates representing 49 countries and territories gathered at the New York Hilton Midtown 24-27 April for IGLTA’s most successful convention to date. The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s premier event united global thought leaders to discuss tourism trends, technology developments, workplace inclusion and human rights—wide-ranging topics connected through the lens of LGBTQ+ travel.
“We could not be more proud of our first New York City convention, fro
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association Foundation announced today that Dougal Mckenzie, Head of Industry, Travel, at Google, and Maria Cuba, Global Diversity Lead for Airbnb’s Experiences platform have been appointed to its board of directors. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of IGLTA.
Mckenzie, who holds both law and commerce degrees from his native Auckland, helps companies adapt to changes in consumer behavior resulting from tech advancements. Cuba is one of
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association Foundation (IGLTAF) inaugural Leadership Think Tank will unite top executives from LGBTQ+ welcoming destinations around the globe at Google during IGLTA’s 36th Annual Global Convention in New York City this April. The invitation-only discussion will focus on responsible tourism through the lens of LGBTQ+ welcoming travel and is presented with support from Miles Partnership and Google.
“IGLTA strives to continuously drive the conv
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association announced today that Albert Herrera, Senior Vice President, Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso has been appointed to its 2019-2020 board of directors. Virtuoso, a global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel, has more than 20,000 advisors.
Under his leadership, Herrera’s team manages relationships with more than 1,300 hotels and resorts, 150 on-site destination management companies, 60 tour comp
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) has just unveiled a fresh visual identity of its core brand elements across its website, mobile site, emails and social media channels. Reflecting the growth and evolution as the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel, the bold and vibrant redesigned logo celebrates the breadth of services and inclusive experiences that IGLTA members offer to travelers. IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella will discuss the association’s evolu
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association will present IGLTA Honors to Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York; and the ITB LGBT+ Travel Pavilion during its Annual Global Convention, 24-27 April at the New York Hilton Midtown. The awards are a collaborative effort between the boards of IGLTA and its philanthropic Foundation.
“Each year, the IGLTA Honors celebrate those who have shown a tireless
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association today announced its global partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the tourism marketing organization for the popular destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. As a Global Partner, Visit St. Pete/ Clearwater strengthens its commitment to LGBTQ+-welcoming travel and IGLTA, the organizational leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel around the world.
“St. Pete/Clearwater’s partnership with IGLTA brings with it a level of global reco
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association today announced its global partnership with VisitDallas, the official tourism marketing organization for the city of Dallas, Texas. As a Global Partner, VisitDallas strengthens its commitment to LGBTQ-welcoming travel and will provide year-round support for IGLTA, the organizational leader in advancing LGBTQ travel around the world.
“We’re honored to partner with IGLTA and to show people that Dallas is an inspiring, divers
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association opened registration today for its 36th Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the global LGBTQ tourism industry. The conference will unfold 24-27 April 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown. It is the first time in IGLTA’s history that the convention will take place in New York City, which takes on greater significance as 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, widely consider
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association now has an online calendar featuring more than 140 LGBTQ festivals and events around the world. At least 30 countries are represented in the calendar and more than 25 events are specifically targeted towards underrepresented segments in the LGBTQ community including people of color, lesbian and transgender communities.
Moving beyond LGBTQ Pride, the festivals, gatherings and events on the calendar incorporate a variety of
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) announced today an expanded partnership that includes discounted membership rates for businesses that join both organizations.
Both organizations have a long history that spans the globe, with IGLTA members located in more than 80 countries and conducting business in over 100, and ASTA with members in 125 countries.
“We’re very proud of our partnership with ASTA
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has teamed up with the Paris-based startup company Hopstay to develop an LGBTQ travel chatbot to assist travelers in planning their trips. The chatbot, which resides within Facebook Messenger, is available on desktop, tablet and mobile and shares LGBTQ-welcoming travel opportunities, including recommendations for destinations, travel agents, hotels, transport, tours, events and special offers in more than 80 countries.
On June 21, 2018, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the Flemish tourist board VISITFLANDERS and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will host the Educational Forum on LGBTQ Tourism. The event aims at advancing knowledge on LGBTQ tourism in Europe, discussing the status quo of Europe as a safe and welcoming destination for LGBTQ tourists, investigating new ways to strengthen the region’s attractiveness as a LGBTQ-friendly destination, and understandi
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will confer its prestigious Pinnacle Award for 2018 to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, during its 35th Annual Global Convention in Toronto on May 9 through 12. The Pinnacle Award recipient is selected by the chair of the IGLTA board of directors and presented to an individual or business that has made the world a more welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender travelers. Board chair Juan Julià,
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association announced today the four new appointments to its 2018-2019 board of directors, a group that includes LGBTQ and ally business leaders representing tourism social media/marketing, corporate accommodations, destination promotion and boutique hotels.
The new IGLTA board members are: Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International Oriol Pamies, Co-Founder, Moovz – The Global LGBT Social Network San
Pride House founder Dean Nelson will receive the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Pioneer Award on 11 May at Voyage, the signature fundraising event for the IGLTA Foundation. Nelson, the CEO/Executive Producer of Whistler Pride & Ski Festival, created Pride House as a pavilion to celebrate diversity in sport and raise awareness of homophobia within sports at the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Pioneer Award, part of the ann
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association officially announced today that Milan was chosen as the host city for its 37th Annual Global Convention in 2020. This will be a first for Italy, and will mark the event’s return to Europe for the first time since 2014.
"Hosting in Milan the IGLTA tourism convention in 2020 is a reason of pride for me, and I sincerely thank the IGLTA association, CEO John Tanzella, the Board Chair Juan Julià and the IGLTA Italian Ambassador