In The South

Toronto to host IGLTA’s 35th Annual Global Convention in 2018

Gary Hart September 4, 2015

International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) returns to Canada’s premier LGBT destination in 2018.


The IGLTA is Canada-bound in 2018, bringing its Annual Global Convention to Toronto for the second time in the association’s history.

IGLTA’s board of directors selected Ontario’s capital city, famous for its vibrant LGBT community – for the 35th edition of the conference,  May 9-12, 2018.

The convention, the leading educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry, will take place at the downtown Westin Harbour Castle hotel on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Dan Melesurgo
Dan Melesurgo

IGLTA Board Chair Dan Melesurgo, said: “Canada stands at the forefront of gay and lesbian rights, and our 2009 convention in Toronto was one of our best attended.”

“Toronto is truly a diverse, multicultural city that has world-class attractions and unique neighbourhoods, including a large and popular gay village. We’re excited to return in 2018 and set the bar even higher.”

Toronto’s reputation as an LGBT-welcoming destination continues to grow. WorldPride 2014 united advocates and allies from around the globe in Toronto, attracting an estimated 2 million visitors over the course of the 10-day festival.

The city’s annual gay pride event is one of the largest in North America.

Chief Marketing Officer of Tourism Toronto, Andrew Weir, said: “Our tourism community looks forward to welcoming IGLTA in 2018.”

“The world is taking notice of Toronto’s vibrancy and progressive spirit that makes this not only a welcoming destination but also one of North America’s most exciting cities to explore.”

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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global organisation dedicated to LGBT tourism and an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The association’s membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries.

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