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ABTA join LGBT Travel Network

Alice Blezard February 23, 2015

Travel giants ABTA have become a partner in the new Travel Trade Gazette (TTG), LGBT Travel Network.

Mark Tanzer

THE new initiative aims to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in travel, and will run three national events during 2015.

ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents) have been at the heart of travel for more than 60 years, offering expert guidance and financial protection schemes within the travel industry. In becoming a partner in the TTG LGBT Travel Network, they join Virgin Holidays and Holiday Extras, alongside headline partner Celebrity Cruises. All three partners are ABTA Members.

The first of three TTG LGBT events that are scheduled to take place in 2015 will be in London in April. As a partner, ABTA will help support and promote the events and initiatives. Additionally, ABTA will join TTG LGBT’s advisory board. The Travel Network will also be acknowledging and promoting ‘allies’ – those companies within the travel sector who are actively working on LGBT issues within their businesses.

ABTA Chief Executive Mark Tanzer said: “ABTA is delighted to be an ally of the TTG LGBT Travel Network. If we are going to attract the brightest and the best into the industry it is vital that everyone can be accepted on their own terms. Our industry is a fantastic community and initiatives such as this underline how we can all work together to champion and promote openness across the travel industry.”