Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will hold its 34th Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida 4-6 May 2017. This is the premier global networking and educational event for the LGBT tourism industry and features the only appointment-driven LGBT buyer-supplier marketplace of its kind. U.S. Travel Association President/CEO Roger Dow is confirmed to deliver a welcome keynote address.
Each year, the association strives to add greater diversity to its roster of speakers and session topics at the conference, covering everything from LGBT social media strategies to business development in key geographic regions and market trends. Notable past speakers include David Scowsill, President/CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association; and Cape Town LGBT activist Ndumie Funda, whose organization, Luleki Sizwe, assists lesbian victims of hate crimes.
“Our number one priority is to provide our convention attendees with the tools they need to grow their LGBT business,” says board chair Juan Julia, who sits on the convention education task force. “In St. Petersburg, we will include some Spanish-language content to better serve our members throughout Latin America. We encourage speaker applications in English or Spanish from industry leaders who will deliver dynamic presentations with a global perspective on the LGBT market.”