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The IGLTA Foundation

  • About Us
  • The IGLTA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism. The Foundation supports the mission of IGLTA and its membership.
  • Foundation Priorities
  • The IGLTA Foundation recognizes that education and leadership development are critical to creating a more welcoming world for LGBT travelers.

    The Foundation's initiatives can be divided into distinct areas:


    In order to support the next generation of LGBT tourism leaders, the IGLTA Foundation will offer Annual Global Convention scholarships to expand educational opportunities for students in tourism/hospitality and small business owners in destinations that lack LGBT tourism support or have anti-gay governments.

    Emerging Destinations

    The IGLTA Foundation subsidizes association memberships for small tourism businesses in emerging destinations that may not yet have full government assistance.


    The IGLTA Foundation will gather global research and data on LGBT tourism habits to assist members with strategic planning.

  • Foundation Board
  • The IGLTA Foundation is led by a volunteer board of directors made up of veterans in various sectors of the tourism.

    Chair - Tony Tenicela, IBM
    Vice Chair - Gary Murakami, MGM Resorts
    Treasurer - Tom Nichols, Arcus Foundation
    Secretary - Theresa Belpulsi, DC Tourism Office
    Executive Director, ex-oficio, John Tanzella, IGLTA
    Selisse Berry – CEO and Founder Out & Equal
    Reginald Charlot – VP - NYC & Company
    Tanya Churchmuch - Founder, MuchPR
    Terry Dale – President/CEO USTOA
    Steven Eidelberg – Sr Director Accor Hotel Group
    Jonathan Frolich – VP Hyatt Corp
    Vicky Garcia – COO & Co-owner Cruise Planners
    Rika Jean-Francois - Commissioner Corporate Social Responsibility ITB
    Michael McDowell - VP LA Tourism & Convention Board
    Greg Takahara – Sr VP TripMate
    Scott Seed – Director Universal Studios


    Click here to review the IGLTA Foundation By Laws

  • Foundation Scholarships
  • Madrid 2014


    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)



    Chicago 2013


    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

  • Emerging Destinations Program
  • The IGLTA Foundation subsidizes association memberships for small LGBT-friendly tourism businesses in emerging destinations, i.e. places that lack governmental support or LGBT 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 Jamaica.

    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 LGBT tourism leaders worldwide helps to make travel more welcoming for us all.

    For more information on this program, please go to

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