IGLTA Travel Honors Announced

Author: , February 11th, 2015

IGLTA LogoThe 32nd Annual Global Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in Los Angeles (April 8-11) is the LGBT tourism industry’s premier networking and educational event, and also an opportunity to acknowledge the work of individuals and businesses that have improved the landscape of gay and lesbian travel.

The IGLTA board of directors selects the award recipients from the association’s member businesses in 80 countries and its allies. “It’s our way to celebrate the incredible work being done to make the world more welcoming for LGBT people,” says IGLTA Chair Dan Melesurgo. “This year’s diverse recipients are located in Curacao, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Columbia, but their outreach extends far beyond the borders of their home countries, reflecting the truly global scope of our association.”

Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award: Since 1990, Olivia, the travel company for lesbians, has taken over 200,000 women on cruise, resort, adventure and riverboat vacations all over the world, including Antarctica. Olivia always charters entire ships or buys out whole resorts to provide a safe space for women to be out.

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IGLTA Gay Travel Awards Announced

Author: , February 27th, 2013

IGLTA LogoThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association recently announced their award winners for their 30th anniversary meeting in Chicago in May, eTravelBlackboard reports:

The annual awards are selected by the IGLTA board of directors from the association’s membership of tourism businesses in more than 80 countries. “These distinguished professionals have raised the bar in our industry in so many ways, from travel marketing and media to supporting Chicago’s gay community to placing LGBT visibility at the forefront of Montreal’s tourism outreach,” said IGLTA Chair Tanya Churchmuch. “As we celebrate a milestone anniversary as an association, it’s especially fitting to recognize these individuals, who each have dedicated more than 20 years to making the world more welcoming for LGBT people.”

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IGLTA Announces Student Tourism Awards

Author: , April 1st, 2012

IGLTA Student Travel AwardsThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association is providing six students from North and South America with scholarships to attend its 29th Annual Global Convention in Florianopolis, Brazil, 12-14 April. The awards allow the selected students to receive hands-on mentoring at the world’s premier LGBT tourism conference.

In 2011, when the Student Tourism Awards were launched, two students were chosen to participate in the IGLTA Annual Global Convention. This year saw more than 70 applicants compete for six conference scholarships.

“We are proud to see growth in our student tourism participation at this year’s Annual Global Convention in Brazil,” says IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “This awards program gives hospitality students exposure to an international tourism conference, providing education and networking for their professional development – which in turn contributes to the healthy future of the LGBT tourism industry.”

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IGLTA Announces Gay Travel Honors

Author: , March 28th, 2012

IGLTA Gay Travel AwardsThe 29th Annual Global Convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association in Florianopolis, Brazil (12-14 April) is not only the gay tourism industry’s premier networking and educational event, but also an opportunity to honor individuals and companies that have helped to make the world more inviting to LGBT travelers.

These annual awards are selected by the IGLTA board of directors from the association’s membership of tourism businesses in 89 countries. “The board of IGLTA is so very pleased to recognize these honorees from around the world,” said IGLTA Chair Tanya Churchmuch.

“Each and every one of them has played an important role in promoting LGBT travel in the most extraordinary of ways, from pioneering LGBT family travel to highlighting the plight of gays and lesbians in the Middle East to spearheading LGBT media in Brazil. It’s an honor to recognize each of them for the work they are doing every day.”

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Logo Announces “New Now Next” Travel Winners

Author: , November 9th, 2011

New Now Next Gay Travel AwardsThe people have spoken, the votes have been counted, and the winners have been chosen.
According to voters New York is the #1 gay travel destination in the U.S. while Montreal is the #1 worldwide travel destination. But this year’s true surprise is that voters named Columbus, Ohio its NewNowNext destination! Go Columbus!

And here are your Winners…

Best US Destination: New York City
Best Global Destination: Montreal
Best Luxury Hotel: Peninsula Chicago
Best Resort: Encore Las Vegas
Best Hotel Chain: W Hotels & Resorts
Best Airline: Jet Blue
Best Annual Event: Mardi Gras, Sydney
Favorite Travel Show: The Amazing Race
Sexiest Spot: Rio de Janiero
NewNowNext Destination 2011: Columbus, Ohio

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IGLTA Will Honor Gay/Lesbian Travel Pioneers in May

Author: , April 16th, 2011

David RyanIt’s that time of year again when the world’s travel suits (tourism boards to travel consultants), converge to discuss all things LGBT travel. The conference includes networking events, panels, and discussions. Educational seminars can range from advanced ways to attract customers using social media to recent trends in the market.

This year, the five-day event (May 10-15) takes place in Fort Lauderdale, and in addition to all that learning that’s going to go down, the IGLTA also likes to celebrate those who have made a positive, significant impact in the market as well as making the world a more welcoming place for LGBT travelers. All the back patting takes place at the annual gala dinner.

This year, the highest honors will be going to Charlie Rounds, President of Forward Motion Travel, former President of RSVP Vacations, and a 25-year veteran of the travel industry and to Gina Gatta, President of the Damron Company, America’s first publisher of LGBT travel guides.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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