Our board represents leaders in the gay and lesbian tourism industry and come from
all over the world. If you are interested in how our board operates or want more
information about becoming a board member, please e-mail
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Juan P. Juliá Blanch is the founder and owner of Axel Hotels. AXEL HOTELS is a small
hotel chain specializing in the LGBTQ+ community. “It all started with a dream…
to open a hotel for the GLBT world, my world”. Each of its hotels provides a setting
where ambience, diversity and respect are highly valued. Axel Hotels provide accommodation
with a professional and personalized service, anticipating the needs of their guests
for the purpose of ensuring their loyalty. Axel Hotels knows and vitalizes the local
gay scene and offer their guests information and a heterofriendly environment. Each
of its hotels are places where diversity and respect are valued. Axel Hotels is
a hotel chain aimed at the LGBTQ+ public,but, above all, it is a free and respectful
space, where diversity and respect are highly valued and two men, two women, or
a man and a woman are equally welcome. Any person regardless of his/her sexual orientation
is welcomed, valued and respected. For this reason, Axel Hotels does not wish to
define as gay, because Axel Hotels represents much more, for which it has coined
a new term: heterofriendly. A space aimed at the gay public but open to everyone.
Axel Hotels was founded in 2003 with the opening of the first Axel Hote in Barcelona.
Juan Juliá has been involved in the gay Community since early thirties when he opened
the Axel Barcelona. Juan has also being engaged with the young entrepeneurs as mentor
and giving lectures in different conferences and universities.
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Jon Muñoz is Vice President of global diversity and inclusion for Hilton. Muñoz
leads Hilton’s diversity management strategies focused on culture, talent and marketplace.
Muñoz is responsible for leading external engagement with diverse strategic non-profit
partners, consulting with internal diversity stakeholders, launching and executing
team member resource groups strategies and developing diversity training initiatives.
Prior to joining Hilton, Muñoz served in diversity roles for Sprint and marketing
roles for Nextel Communications, Bank One Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase) and NationsBank
(now Bank of America).
Muñoz actively serves in numerous leadership positions of diverse non-profit organizations,
including Friends of the American Latino Museum (FALM), League of United Latin American
Citizens (LULAC) Corporate Alliance, the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP) ACT-SO Advisory Council, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber
of Commerce (NGLCC) Corporate Advisory Council and the United States Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce (USHCC) Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board.
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Colombian LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Felipe is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Colombian LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce where
he leads the board & operations for 160+ members and 15+ corporate partners in Colombia.
He represents the organization internationally and ensures the consolidation of
its portfolio geared at membership, partnerships, events, and certifications. Felipe
has more than 10 years of experience leading high performance teams, both in physical
and virtual environments at the local, national and international level. He is also
an advisor to different entities in Latin America and Europe about growth, organizational
development and foreign trade. He is an entrepreneur interested in senior management,
business development & LGBTQ+ initiatives. He speaks three languages and was recognized
with an IGLTA Honor - leadership in Networking - at the 2015 Annual Global Convention
in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Don Skeoch is Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board,
the organization responsible for marketing and promoting Los Angeles as a top global
destination for leisure and business travel. In 2016, Los Angeles welcomed a record
47.4 million visitors, making it one of the most visited destinations in the world.
Los Angeles is projected to have another record year in 2017, with approximately
49 million visitors.
Renowned both nationally and internationally as a global brand marketer and strategist,
Skeoch leads L.A. Tourism's global brand strategy, market-growth and innovation
initiatives, as well as the global marketing and communications functions. He oversees
offices and representation in 12 countries including the U.S., the U.K., Germany,
China, Japan, S. Korea, India, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Gulf/Middle East, Scandanvia,
Skeoch is a member of the U.S. Tourism Marketing Advisory Board (BrandUSA), the
California Tourism Marketing Advisory Board as well as a former Executive Board
member of the San Francisco Travel Association. He also is an Executive Board member
of LA's largest non-profit law firm, Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, which provides
legal services to the working poor.
Apoorva Gandhi is Vice President for Multicultural Affairs for Marriott International,
and a dedicated and proud straight ally to the LGBTQ+ community. At Marriott, he
shapes and executes an externally focused global strategy to build loyalty
and preference from all diverse customers for the Marriott portfolio—including all
of their diverse LGBTQ+ guests, families and friends.
His responsibilities bridge most of Marriott’s business units and he often engages
with the company’s public affairs stances and their steady support for LGBTQ+ equality
and inclusion. Marriott’s consistently earns a 100% perfect score on the HRC
Corporate Equality Index, a signal of its strong global policies. This year, significantly,
Marriott was among the first companies—and the first global hotel leader—to endorse
the historic United Nations LGBTQ+ Standards of Conduct for Business,
aimed to tackle discrimination globally against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Intersex
People. Apoorva recently served on the board of directors for PFLAG—advocating
for the families, friends and co-workers of LGBTQ+ people everywhere and twice was
named the co-chair for the annual PFLAG Straight for Equality Gala held in New York
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Albert M. Herrera has an innate understanding of the luxury travel market, which
has elevated him to one of Virtuoso’s most prominent executive positions: senior
vice president of the network’s extensive product portfolio. Since joining Virtuoso
in July 2004 as the Vice President of Hotels & Resorts, Albert has added cruise
lines, tour operators, on-site destination management companies, and tourism boards
to the list of key relationships he develops and directs on behalf of the organization.
Albert’s impressive career spans 30 years, and his expertise includes creating sales
and marketing strategies, identifying key market segments, recruiting and training
strong sales and marketing teams, while increasing the customer base for travel
providers of all sizes and in varying markets. Under his leadership, Albert’s team
manages relationships with more than 1,300 hotels and resorts, 150 On-Site destination
management companies, 60 tour companies, 30 cruise lines and 80 strategic alliances.
He directs staff in Virtuoso’s three U.S. offices: Seattle, Washington; Fort Worth,
Texas; and New York City, where he is based.
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Pink Soleil, Inc
Ms. Shiho Ikeuchi,Shiho Ikeuchi, President & CEO of Pink Soleil, Inc., Japan, is
a world-renowned hospitality industry professional with over 25 years of experience
and an extensive and diverse background in hotel management and restaurant operations,
international sales, and marketing. Over the past several years, Ikeuchi has been
aggressively involved in the development of LGBTQ+ tourism in Japan, and steadfastly
works to increase the number of national IGLTA members. In 2014, Ikeuchi was instrumental
in creating same-sex wedding packages that are now becoming available through major
Japanese hoteliers. However, same-sex marriages are currently not legally recognized
in Japan, and the number of wedding venues that accept ceremonial same-sex couples
is limited. As the direct result of Ikeuchi’s efforts, Hotel Granvia Kyoto was the
very first hotel in Japan to officially announce the offering of same-sex wedding
packages in 2014—a true feather in the cap of the hotel, which has been highlighted
by numerous international and domestic media outlets. In November 2018, she established
Pink Soleil, a forward-thinking company that focuses on consulting work for hotels
and tourism professionals worldwide. One of her primary clients, The Thousand Kyoto—the
signature hotel of Keihan Hotels and Resorts—announced that they have now launched
a new wedding campaign for LGBTQ+ couples from around the world.
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Uwern is the Editor-in-Chief for OutThere Publishing. He has guided the OutThere
brand from its inception to what it is today, a leading luxury and experiential
travel journal and portal for the high-end gay traveller segment driving audience
figures to what is now over 250,000 people in 20 markets across the globe. In addition,
Uwern has exponentially grown the brand commercially and OutThere is now the flagship
title within the portfolio of five publications. An avid traveller, Uwern's reach
extends across the globe, and is particularly engaged in Southeast Asis in his capacity
as Luxury and LGBTQ+ Travel Ambassador for the Kingdom of Thailand.
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Pride World/The Isramworld Portfolio of Brands
Richard is the President for Pride World/The Isramworld Portfolio of Brands located
in New York, NY. With a background spanning more than 20 years in the travel industry,
Richard has had a broad range of experience. His early career was spent as a retail
Travel Advisor in New York City. From there, he moved into agency management and
relocated to South Florida. During these years he opened PrideWorld, an LGBTQ+ tour
operator/travel agency. Post September 11, he also did consulting and management
work focusing on agencies that were looking to evaluate their position in the market
and expand, merge, sell or close. In 2008 he was asked by the owner of The Isramworld
Portfolio of Brands to move back to New York to work with him on expanding into
new markets and destinations as well as placing a fresh focus on PrideWorld. In
2013 he took on the leadership role as company president, overseeing all aspects
of the portfolio and its five hallmark brands.
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Delta Air Lines
Steven has more than 20 years in the travel industry spanning retail, wholesale
and airline. He currently serves as the Director of Sales, Canada for Delta Air
Lines. He oversees the leisure and corporate segments of the market as well as acting
as the brand 'voice and face' for the brand via sponsorship, partnership and community
outreach. Steven is a former co-owner and founder of OUT Adventures, a proud member
of IGLTA that ahas run successful LGBTQ+ tours worldwide since 2008. He also previously
let Intrepid Travel Canada, a small group adventure tour operator specializing in
Asia, Africa and Europe; served as Vice President Global Sales of G Adventures,
the world's largest independent small group tour operator, and held senior sales
roles with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Oriol Pamies is a Spanish entrepreneur, LGBTQ+ activist and LGBTQ+ tourism expert.
In 2014, he attended his first IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Madrid just as
he was beginning his online startup, an LGBTQ+ social network that he wanted to
connect to the LGBTQ+ tourism industry. IGLTA connections were an integral part
of his new company’s success and now Moovz has more than 3 million LGBTQ+ users.
Pamies also develops innovative marketing strategies for tourism destinations around
the world, particularly in Latin America and spends his time expanding Moovz globally,
speaking at conferences and consulting on LGBTQ+ tourism. He wants to focus on IGLTA’s
Latin American expansion, connecting the organization and its members to the latest
online marketing trends and reinforcing the association’s B2C value.
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Sandi Robinson serves as Director of Sales at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, overseeing
the events and the sales team at the property, as well as day-to-day operations.
Robinson joined the hotel team prior to the property’s opening in 2014 as the Senior
Events Manager and was then promoted into her current role. In 2017, Robinson was
awarded HSMAI’s Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year, which recognizes excellence,
creativity, and leadership in hotel sales. With more than 20 years in the hospitality
industry, Robinson has mastered the craft of executing successful events and finds
the most joy in her work when her clients are happy with their celebrations and
Before joining The Godfrey team, Robinson served as the executive events manager
for the Dana Hotel and Spa. In her four years at that property, Sandi focused on
corporate events for Vertigo Sky Lounge, where she increased sales by 60 percent
during her first year. Prior to the Dana Hotel, she worked in event sales for several
brands, including the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago, Holiday Inn Hillside, and
Spirit of Chicago.
Robinson prides herself on being an integral part of the Chicago community in hospitality
and beyond. She is a Board Member Emeritus for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender
Chamber of Commerce, serves as a Choose Chicago Ambassador, and is a Co-Chair of
the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association Lights Festival Committee.
Monaco Goverment Tourist Office
Maria G. Tuttocuore is the Senior Executive of Sales & Marketing for the Monaco
Government Tourist Office. Originally from Sicily in Italy, she arrived in the United
States as a foreign student at Mount Holyoke College in 1997. After graduating from
college, she started working in the travel industry in Italy and never looked back.
Tourism became such a passion that she returned to the U.S. to pursue a master’s
degree in Tourism and Travel Management at New York University. She gained further
experience with the Leading Hotels of the World and the New York State Department
of Tourism. She did some consulting for NYU and PhoCusWright before finally joining
the Monaco Government Tourist Office where she covered a range of positions before
landing her current role.
Maria conceives, plans and implements marketing efforts for the Principality of
Monaco in North America, working closely with the travel advisor community, agencies,
suppliers and business partners to deliver an effective message across business-to-consumers
and business-to-business channels. Her strong digital background and analytical
skills have played a significant role in developing the online presence of the Principality
of Monaco. She has also been a strong advocate for Monaco to join IGLTA and pursue
an LGBTQ+ marketing strategy to position the Principality as an open and welcoming
destination for all.
When she is not at work, she enjoys the company of her wife Laura Fantini, contemporary
art, travel, tennis, bike spinning and olive oil. Her family back in Italy produces
EVOO and she has recently pursued the Olive Oil Sommelier Certificate Level 1 at
the International Culinary Center in New York.
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