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Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) announced that Marriott International has been named a global partner, which places them in an elite group of global brands that have committed to year-round support for the association and LGBT-welcoming travel. IGLTA is the world’s leading member-based organization for LGBT hospitality and tourism.
“Developing trusted partnerships with global leaders like Marriott International makes a bold statement about the vibrancy and economic potential for LGBT tourism and travel,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “We could not be more honored to join with Marriott to continue IGLTA’s worldwide growth and opportunity to serve LGBT travelers every day.”
Brian King, Global Officer, Marriott Signature Brands & Global Sales, said, “We are excited to partner with IGLTA leaders who not only share our values, but also our commitment to expanding markets. There is nothing more important for a global hospitality leader than to ensure everyone, including our many LGBT colleagues, families, friends, business partners and guests are welcome everywhere they stay.”
King added that the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce last year named Marriott International its Corporation of the Year due to its sustained advocacy for LGBT-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in their supply chain. Marriott has long been recognized for its dedication to inclusion and equality as demonstrated by its perfect 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index, along with its path breaking campaigns celebrating #LoveTravels with popular LGBT spokespersons like NBA player Jason Collins and transgender activist Geena Rocero. In April 2015, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson accepted PFLAG’s Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award, and Fortune again named Marriott this year as one of its Best Places to Work.
This year, Marriott joined with other business leaders to sign the historic amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt full recognition of marriage rights for same-sex couples. In addition, Marriott played a public leadership role in opposing anti-LGBT and anti-hospitality legislation that surfaced in Indiana and Georgia among other states.