International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) is an international organization and a member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism. In 2016, the association had a global presence with member businesses in more than 80 countries and global ambassadors in more than 22 countries.

History[edit]

Founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of 25 travel agents and hotel owners, IGLTA has expanded exponentially as LGBT rights and visibility have grown around the world. The original name was IGTA; the "L" was added in 1997. The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) was the first gay organization to receive affiliate member status in the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in November 2010.[1] In November 2015 the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association became an orgisational partner with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)[2][3] In 2016 the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association was awarded the Winq Magazine Travel Award in London, UK.[4][5]

Governance[edit]

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association's leadership includes President John Tanzella and Vice President Clark Massad. IGLTA's efforts are supported by two boards: the IGLTA Board of Directors,[6] which is the governing body for the association and oversees the organization's strategy and direction; the IGLTA Foundation Board of Directors,[7] which manages the foundation's finances and establishes official policies that govern the foundation.

Both boards operate by a standard of by laws.[8]

International Symposium and World Convention[edit]

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) holds an annual world convention and four symposia in different tourism destinations around the world. The international symposium attracts more than 500 attendees, including destination CVB officials, travel agents, airline employees, hotel employees and tourism professionals. The foundation of IGLTA also sponsors scholarships for students to attend the international symposiums each year. Previous scholarships have been awarded to students from Brazil, Colombia, China, Curacao, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Spain and the United States.[9]

The 33rd Annual convention was hosted in Cape Town, Africa. The 36th Annual convention will be hosted in New York City, NY in 2019.[10]

Awards[edit]

Award recipients from each International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association's Annual convention.[11]

1994 Washington, DC, USA

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Newt Dieter
  • Kevin Mossier
  • Richard Cash
  • Walter Marlowe

1996 Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • IGLTA Hall of Fame Award
  • Marianne Ferrari
  • Rod Stringer
  • Dan Delbex

1999 Minneapolis, USA

Chair Award

  • Babs Daitch

1997 Philadelphia, PA, USA

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Herb Harris

Chair Award

  • Kevin Kailey

Chair Award

  • Richard Gray

1998 Montreal, QC, Canada

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Lynne Hocking
  • Rick Cirillo

Chair Award

  • Cynthia Marquard

2001 Munich, Germany

Chair Award

  • Rosemary Hopkins

2002 Fort Lauderdale, USA

  • IGLTA Hall of Fame Award
  • Richard Gray

Chair Award

  • Geoff Carey

2003 Manchester, UK

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • John D'Alessandro
  • Aaron Kampfe

Chair Award

  • Carl Zander

2004 Vancouver, Canada

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Kevin Kailey
  • Hanns Ebensten

Chair Award

  • Mary Clark

2006 Washington, DC, USA

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • The Original American Airlines Rainbow Team (Rick Cirillo, Mike Fricke, Robin Burr)

2008 Las Vegas, NV, USA

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Lima Tours

Chair Award

  • Alan Beck
  • Fun Maps

2009 Toronto, Canada

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Andrew Stokes

2010 Antwerp, Belgium

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Spartacus International (Berlin)

Chair Award

  • Jose Sampol- TAM Airlines VP

Community Award

  • Patrick Aertsen

Corporate Award

  • Accor Hotels

Pioneer Award

  • Madian Al Jazerah

Innovator Award

  • Shannon Wentworth -Sweet

Networking Award

  • GNetwork360

2011 Fort Lauderdale, USA

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Charley Rounds

Chair Award

  • Gina Gatta- Damron Guide

Community Award

  • Nicki Grossman

Corporate Award

Pioneer Award

  • David Ryan -RhinoAfrica Safaris/ Out2Africa

Innovator Award

Networking Award

  • ABRAT GLS (The Brazilian Association for Gay & Lesbian Tourism)

2012 Florianopolis, Brazil

IGLTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Gregg Kaminsky- R Family Vacations (NYC)

Chair Award

  • Javier Blanco- UNWTO

Community Award

  • Andre Fisher

Pioneer Award

  • Russell Lord -Kenes Tours

Travel Writer Award

  • Michael Luongo

2013 Chicago, IL, USA

The Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award

  • Charles Lapointe, President/CEO of Tourisme Montreal

Chair Award

  • Thomas Roth

Community Award

  • Center on Halsted

Pioneer Award

  • Dee Farrell

Travel Writer Award

  • Manuela Kay

2014 Madrid, Spain

The Chair Award

  • Bob Witeck

Community Award

  • Alfonso Llopart Basterra

Pioneer Award

Media Honor Award

  • Merryn Johns

Ambassador Award

  • Alessio Virgilli

2015 Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Chair Award

Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award

  • Feel Free Olivia, Olivia

Destination Pioneer

  • The Curacao Tourist Board

LGBT Event Pioneer

  • Doug Swallow

Community Honor

  • The Los Angeles LGBT center

Networking

  • Camarade Comerciantes LGBT de Colombia

Travel Writer

  • Jurrian Teulings

Ambassador of the Year

  • Jonathan Mountford

2016 Cape Town Africa

The Chair Award

  • Desmond Tutu

IGLTA Community Honor

  • Nondumiso "Ndumie" Funda

IGLTA Networking Honor

  • Fitur GAY (LGBT)

IGLTA Ambassador of the Year

  • Shiho Ikeuchi & Shintaro Koizumi

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