In The South

IGLTA survey reveal Israel and Cuba as top emerging LGBT+ destinations

Graham Robson May 4, 2017

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA), the leading member-based global organisation dedicated to LGBT+ tourism, buyers survey has named Israel and Cuba as the top emerging LGBT+ holiday destinations at its 34th Annual Global Convention.

The data of the study, which was conducted in collaboration with Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management, was gathered from travel agents/tour operators within IGLTA’s global membership who actively book LGBT+ travel.

 Other key findings included:

♦   LGBT+ travel with 89% expecting it to grow through 2020; 85% see growth through 2025

♦   Biggest worry this year: “lack of expertise/understanding about the segment”

♦   Five-year trend to watch for: more LGBT+ integration into the tourism market as a whole, aka “mainstreaming”.

John Tanzella
John Tanzella

IGLTA President/CEO, John Tanzella, said: “We are proud to partner with a respected institution like Penn State to share the expertise of our member buyers. 

“Being able to provide quality data is essential to creating greater understanding, awareness and acceptance of LGBT+ travel in the global marketplace.”

Donna Quadri-Felitti
Donna Quadri-Felitti

Research team leader, Donna Quadri-Felitti PhD from Penn State University, added: “IGLTA plays an important role in the global travel arena and we are honoured to contribute to their mission with quality research.”

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