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.
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.
The IGLTA Foundation is led by a volunteer board of directors made up of veterans in various sectors of the tourism.
Chair - Dan Melesurgo, ASAE, Washington D.C.
Vice Chair - Marta Della Chiesa, Brazil Ecojourneys, Florianopolis, Brasil
Secretary - Gail Swift, Hilton, Washington D.C.
John Tanzella, IGLTA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tanya Churchmuch, Consultant, New York
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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 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 www.iglta.org/emerging