In The South

IGLTA hosts record-breaking annual Global Convention in NYC

Besi Besemar May 1, 2019

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s annual convention attracts the largest and most globally diverse delegation in its 36-year history to New York City last month.

Photo: Rachel Covello, OUTCOAST Photography
Photo: Rachel Covello, OUTCOAST Photography

Nearly 700 delegates from 49 countries and territories gathered from April 24-27 at the New York Hilton Midtown, for IGLTA’s most successful convention to date.

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s premier event united global LGBT+ leaders to discuss tourism trends, technology developments, workplace inclusion and human rights—wide-ranging topics connected through the lens of LGBT+ travel.

“We could not be more proud of our first New York City convention, from content to collaboration,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “Thanks in large part to the support of our host, NYC & Company, we were able to engage far more tourism businesses than ever before and showcase the world of LGBTQ+ travel in all its diversity.”

IGLTA’s 37th Annual Global Convention will be held in Milan, Italy from May 6-9, 2020.

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in promoting LGBT+ travel and an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBT+ travellers and expand LGBT+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.

IGLTA membership includes LGBT+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 80 countries.

In 2012, the philanthropic IGLTA Foundation was launched to support the mission of the association and its membership through education, research and leadership development.

Photo on right: Board chair, Jon Munoz, from Hilton at the opening night party at the Moxy Times Square, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge. Photo: Rachel Covello, OUTCOAST Photography