Published on : Friday, March 31, 2017
The IGLTA Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association with an aim to offer a special opportunity for a tourism student from Nepal to attend the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 34th Annual Global Convention.
This event would be hosted from the 4th to 6th May in the region of St. Petersburg that is located in Florida.
The student, named Bishrut Raj Pokhrel has been selected to attend this conference. This is said to be the premier educational event for the LBGTQ tourism industry. Gary Murakami who is the CMP, CMM, Chairman of IGLTA Foundation Board of Directors said that the programme of Building Bridges Scholarship of IGLTA is actually an initiative of the Foundation’s work.
IGLTA has been looking forward to developing smart individuals who would be the hospitality leaders of the future, and the focus would be firmly on LGBTQ tourism.
Currently, Bishrut Raj Pokhrel is now working on his bachelor’s degree in international hospitality and tourism at Silver Mountain School of Hotel Management that is affiliated with Queen Margaret University located in Kathmandu, in Nepal. This tourism conference is a all-expenses-paid trip.
Pokhrel said that being able to attend the IGLTA annual global conference and learning about the nuances of LGBTQ tourism via a first-hand experience is a golden opportunity for a student who aspires to succeed in the hospitality and tourism sector. He went on to add that the conference would enable him to develop the concept of LGBTQ tourism in his country.
This is the fifth year that the IGLTA Foundation has offered its Building Bridges Scholarship Programme to tourism students and business owners.
However, this is also the very first time that this non-profit body has collaborated with another organization for the project. PATA and IGLTA had formed a partnership in 2015. And, the application process for this joint sponsorship was open to students attending the educational institutions that are the members of PATA International.
Dr. Mario Hardy, CEP, PATA said that the Association is focused on the development of young tourism professionals and this has been instrumental in offering Bishrut Raj Pokhrel a perfect opportunity to broaden his horizons to gain an in-depth understanding of gay and lesbian tourism that forms a crucial aspect of the global tourism market. He added that their partnership with IGLTA is a great example of a partnership that work for establishing bridges for people of various countries.