At their 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association facillitated panels, lead group excursions and gave out awards. It also announced a partnership with multimillion-dollar marketing firm MMGY Global that resulted in a a new website, lgbt.travel. The new public site offers a directory of LGBT and LGBT-friendly travel agents, transportation companies and tour operators who meet IGLTA guidelines. There’s also an online calendar of tours and parties; and, in the months to come, members will add information about special discounts.
Born with a little more than 20 members in 1983, IGLTA quickly grew into the premiere chamber of commerce for the gay-travel industry.. It currently hosts members in almost 90 countries, thanks to their expertise in gay-friendly accommodations, services and events. “For 30 years we’ve successfully connected LGBT tourism businesses around the world,” says GLTA President John Tanzella, and now we’ve created a dynamic website to easily connect LGBT travelers with these gay-welcoming businesses.”