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Published on : Friday, July 22, 2016
The 36th Global Convention of the IGLTA (International Gay &Lesbian Travel Association) would be conducted in 2019 in New York, according to the group’s announcement last month. The event would be held in collaboration with NYC & Company.
This is the very first time New York will host this networking event. The IGLTA Convention was held this year in South Africa’s Cape Town region.
The organizers have stated that they have selected New York as the venue of this important event for a significant reason. It is because 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the famous Stonewall riots that is viewed as a crucial event for the LGBT rights movement. Policemen had raided Stonewall Inn based in Greenwich Village in an era when homosexuality was illegal. The gays used to visit this inn frequently and the incident sparks protests that led to violence. The Stonewall anniversary also encouraged WorldPride, an event that promoted LGBT issue to choose New York as its host city for the year 2019.
The announcement for the Global Convention of IGLTA came just after a week when Stonewall Inn and the adjoining area were declared the Stonewall National Monument.
Fred Dixon, CEO and president, NYC & Company said that it had been planning to incorporate ideas for arranging the IGLTA’s Global Convention and that it would be a wonderful opportunity to host the event at New York.
John Tanzella, CEO and president, IGLTA said that 2019 was a good time to arrange the Global Convention.
The organizers are currently negotiating with potential sponsors for conducting this grand event. They have also started planning for fam trips before and after the events for promoting this event.
John Tanzella also said that there are a large number of people who look forward to staying back in New York even after the conference. So he was aiming to add events and attractions to motivate people to savor their New York experience.
Dixon said that they were planning to showcase theater, nightlife, entertainments, culture and arts to the people of the LGBT community while they would be in New York.