The IGLTA Foundation supports the mission of IGLTA and its members through education, research and leadership development that benefits the global LGBTQ+ tourism industry.
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Founded in 2012, the IGLTA Foundation is the 501(c)3 public charity subsidiary of the International
Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.
The IGLTA Foundation supports initiatives for industry organizations, leaders and
communities to advance LGBTQ+ travel around the world.
The IGLTA Foundation educates governments and tourism industry leaders on the importance of
making LGBTQ+ travelers feel safe and welcome.
Promoting Dialogue on LGBTQ+ Travel with Governments, Tourism Bureaus & Organizationa
The IGLTA Foundation provides resources for IGLTA to engage with other non-governmental organizations
as well as governments and tourism boards to speak on the positive economic and cultural impact of
LGBTQ+ tourism. The IGLTA Foundation is also an official partner of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution
And Trafficking) International.
Supporting Businesses in Emerging Destinations
IGLTAF also funds IGLTA memberships for LGBTQ+ small tourism business owners in emerging destinations
lacking governmental or industry support. Since 2012, Association memberships have been funded for
small businesses in Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Jamaica, Montenegro, Peru,
Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Vietnam.
The IGLTA Foundation funds research to promote understanding of LGBTQ+ travel within the
global tourism industry.
The IGLTA Foundation funds IGLTA to collect and disseminate quality industry research from
trustworthy sources around the world. This research not only provides invaluable demographic
information to better serve LGBTQ+ travelers but also compelling economic data that illustrates the
value of supporting our market. IGLTAF also funds original research on issues affecting the LGBTQ+
travel industry where no current, credible research exists. We will share these key findings to
continuously improve the state of LGBTQ+ travel around the world.
The IGLTA Foundation provides mentorship for the next generation of LGBTQ+-welcoming travel
Developing the Next Generation of LGBTQ+ Tourism Leaders
Each year, the IGLTA Foundation provides financial support for travel and accommodations for the
IGLTA Annual Global Convention for tourism/hospitality students in the convention host country and
LGBTQ+ small-business owners in the tourism industry, particularly in destinations lacking LGBTQ+
tourism support and/or with anti-gay governments. Participation in the Annual Global Convention
provides these students and small-business owners with education and mentorship that would otherwise
be unavailable to them.
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Foundation, overseeing the organization's strategy and direction.
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Pictured left to right: Thanakarn (Bella) Vongvisitsin, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Marco
Briganti, Ryerson University; John Chervy Rosal, Centennial College; and Nicholas Tremblay, Ryerson
St Petersburg 2017
IGLTA board member Rika Jean-Francois with Annual Global Convention scholarship
recipients (L to R) Vidar Nilsen (Norway), Hlengiwe Buthelezi (South Africa) and students from the
International Hotel School in Cape Town.
Scholarship recipients (L to R) Wang Hao (China), Ena Yanagi (Japan), Olubode Shawn
Brown (Jamaica), Kan Kikumoto (Japan) and Fabio Rugeles (Colombia).
Foundation board member Gregg Kaminsky with Annual Global Convention scholarship
recipients (L to R) Robert Washington Jr. (U.S.), Janice Tjon Sien Kie (Curacao), Marco
Jaramillo (Colombia), Ryan Romero (U.S.), and Murilo Lima Araujo Costa (Brazil)
Scholarship recipients (L to R) Aaron Paiva Leyton (Peru), Kleber de Oliveira
da Silva (Brazil), Kathy Eow (U.S.), Teddy Frank (Liberia), and Jermain Tjin-A-Koeng (Suriname)
with former Foundation Executive Director Travis Ferland
The IGLTA Foundation subsidizes association memberships for small LGBT-friendly tourism businesses in
emerging destinations, i.e. places that lack governmental support or LGBTQ+ infrastructure.
Since the program was launched 13 October, 2013 we have added members in Montenegro, Romania, Serbia,
Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad, and
As the Foundation grows, we plan to expand these efforts to include Annual Global Convention
registrations along with travel expenses and tables in our Unique Destinations trade show. Assisting
in the professional growth of future LGBTQ+ tourism leaders worldwide helps to make travel more
welcoming for us all.
For more information on this program, please go to www.iglta.org/emerging
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