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Global Ambassadors

IGLTA Ambassadors represent our association in your local communities. They help market LGBT travel, hold events and connect our organization with LGBT travel businesses and travelers around the world. Contact our ambassadors for more information about IGLTA.


  • Argentina
  • Alfredo Ferreyra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Alfredo Ferreyra
    BUEGay ARGENTINA
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina

    Phone: +54.11.4805.1401
    Email: argentina@iglta.org

    Alfredo H. C. Ferreyra of BUEGay Argentina is our Ambassador for Argentina and Uruguay. He was born in Buenos Aires and studied at home and abroad, getting two master's degrees in business administration. He worked for 25 years for IBM before retiring from the position of Latin America Business Control. Since 2001, he founded several companies related to LGBT activities and tourism services. He specializes in personalized and tailor-made services to the LGBT community. He joined IGLTA in 2001 and has served as an ambassador since 2007.

    He actively works with a variety of LGBT nonprofit organizations and HIV/AIDS foundations, and is currently working as an LGBT market consultant in Latin America for several European companies. Alfredo also represents Argentina as an LGBT businessman at forums, conventions and international tourism fairs.

     

  • Canada
  • Liz Devine

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Liz Devine
    Rainbow High Vacations
    Toronto
    Canada

    Phone: +1.416.962.2422 x225
    Email: canada@iglta.org

    I promote LGBT Tourism through direct engagement and cross-promotion with Associations, Boards and Advisory Committees. In addition to acting as the Canadian Ambassador for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, I am the Vice President of Travel Gay Canada, Co-chair of the Church Wellesley Village Business Improvement Association, a Toronto WorldPride 2014 Planning Committee member, and a member of the TO2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games LGBT Committee.

    In 2012 Rainbow High celebrated our 30th anniversary of exploration, shared discovery and safe travels. We provide a full range of LGBT Travel programs through our full service retail agency, Rainbow High Travel, in Toronto’s Church Wellesley gay Village. We package and wholesale gay-friendly holidays with Rainbow High Vacations, and assist destinations, hotels, and tourism industry members to engage with LGBT consumers through Rainbow TravelMarketing. In 2013 we launch Rainbow dotTravel, a new way to build LGBT communities worldwide, connecting LGBT people who travel with events, places and the people who live, work and play there.

  • Caribbean
  • Andre Rojer

     

     

     

     

     

     

    André Rojer
    Curaçao Tourism Corp.
    Miami, Florida
    United States

    Phone: +1.305.423.7156
    Email: caribbean@iglta.org

    André Rojer is the Marketing Manager, North America for the Curaçao Tourist Board, based out of the Miami, Florida office. Rojer, a Curaçao native from the small neighborhood of Barber, on the rural western side of the island, has worked with the Curaçao Tourist Board for seven years.

    He previously served as the Marketing Coordinator in the Northeast U.S. office, as well as the Sales and Marketing representative in Miami. Rojer has also worked on behalf of the private sector of tourism for four years at the Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) in Curaçao. Rojer’s education includes Hotel and Restaurant Occupational Education and Tourism Management.

  • Colombia
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    Felipe Cardenas
    Cámara de Comercianters LGBT de Colombia.
    Bogotá, Colombia

    Phone: +57.1.751.5278
    Email: colombia@iglta.org

    Felipe Cardenas, one of the newest members of our ambassador team, is a Colombian entrepreneur with international business experience in different sectors and countries, including the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Argentina. Since 2011 he has been very active in LGBT business with innovative projects such as www.gayhills.com and supporting the founding of the Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercianters LGBT de Colombia) from his Foreign Invest Agency in Colombia.

    He was appointed CEO for the first two years of operations, with tourism playing a key role in the chamber’s activities. He is based in Bogotá.

  • Czech Republic
  • Petr Prokopik

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Petr Prokopik
    Prague
    Czech Republic

    Email: czechrepublic@iglta.org

     

    Petr Prokopík is owner of Prague4gay.com, a tour operator specializing in exclusive tours of Prague and the Czech Republic for all LGBT. Originally from Prague, Petr received a PhD in Ethnology from Charles University in 2008 with a specialization in Anthropology of Sexuality. He has been lecturing on Cultural Anthropology at universities in the Czech Republic..

    Currently he is continuing anthropological research focusing on STDs, depression and addictions among LGBT, collaborating with UCLA. Petr is involved in many community projects in the Czech Republic, such as promoting Prague Pride, Czech HIV/AIDS charities, Czech P-FLAG, and LGBT rights in general through his business.

     

  • France
  • Benoît Breton

    Benoît Breton
    Hôtel le 20 prieuré
    Paris
    France

    Phone: +33.(0)1.47.00.74.14
    Email: france@iglta.org
  • Greece
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    Orhideea Rosu
    Athens
    Greece

    Phone: +30.6944.154.059
    Skype: orhideea.rosu
    Email:
    greece@iglta.org

    Orhideea Rosu, a native Romanian has been living in Athens Greece for the past 17 years. Pursuing her passion for travel, she has acquired over 16 years of experience in all major fields of the travel industry. Her interest in supporting equal rights for LGBT travellers led her to discover and become an active member of IGLTA in March 2007. She has been the appointed IGLTA Ambassador to Greece since December 2010, working closely with local & international travel industry & organizations to promote LGBT tourism.

  • Iceland
  • Birna Hrönn Björnsdóttir

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Birna Hrönn Björnsdóttir
    Pink Iceland
    Reykjavik
    Iceland

    Phone: +354.562.1919
    Email: iceland@iglta.org

    irna Hrönn Björnsdóttir is one of the newest members of our global ambassador team. She is  co-founder and owner of Pink Iceland, Iceland‘s leading LGBT travel, event and wedding company. Birna was born and raised in Reykjavik, has a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Iceland, and used to work at the National Hospital in Iceland treating patients until early 2013 when she joined Pink Iceland full time.

    Birna has worked with the LGBT community in Iceland ever since she came out in 2002. She was leader of the local LGBT youth group, headed the educational program for the national LGBT organisation for years, and has talked to thousands of youth about being LGBT, coming out and prejudice. Birna has worked with the Reykjavík Gay Pride committee since 2004, she used to run the only LGBT café and bar in Iceland with her girlfriend, and is a part time DJ.

  • India

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    Rajat Singla

    PINK Vibgyor
    New Delhi
    India

    Phone: + 91.9717.07.9995
    Email: india@iglta.org

    Rajat Singla continues a family tradition with his work in the tourism industry while also making his own mark. He started the Pink Vibgyortravel agency and later teamed up with Irregular tours to sell gay tours to the Indian subcontinent and worldwide.

    His concept is to run professional and ethical gay tours, and to promote awareness of gay identity to the Indian gay community.

  • Israel
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    Russell Lord
    Kenes Tours
    Tel Aviv, Israel

    Phone: +972.54.6787872
    Email: israel@iglta.org

    Russell Lord, a travel consultant at Kenes Tours, is our new ambassador in Israel. A native of Brooklyn, Russell went on a summer trip to Israel in 1981 and never went back. He brings more than 30 years of experience in providing top professional services for tourists visiting Israel and the region to the table.

    As one of the pioneers in promoting LGBT tourism to Israel (Kenes Tours joined IGLTA in 1998), he has worked hard in changing that old and tired perception of Israel as a destination only for traditional pilgrims and religious institutions. Israel's reputation (and especially the Tel Aviv vibe) as the cool and happening LGBT destination is out there.

  • Italy
  • Alessio De Giorgi

    Alessio De Giorgi
    Consorzio Friendly Versilia
    Pisa
    Italy

    Phone: +39.050.3155525
    Fax:
    +39.050.3155560
    Email:
    italy@iglta.org

    Alessio Virgili

    Alessio Virgili
    Quiiky.com / AITGL
    Rome
    Italy

    Phone: +39 06.45595885
    Fax:
    +39 06.94810137
    Email:
    italy@iglta.org

  • Japan
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    Masaki Higashida
    Qocci K.K.
    Tokyo
    Japan

    Phone: +81.3.6661.2631
    Fax: +81.3.6661.2632
    Email: japan@iglta.org

    Our Ambassador for Japan, Masaki Higashida, founded Qocci, Japan’s first marketing consultancy specializing in diversity marketing, to provide professional advice to the Japanese government and global multinationals across a vast range of issues from product marketing to talent acquisition. From his base in Tokyo, he has helped many clients convert their diversity considerations into key business and people processes.

    His pioneering work in LGBT marketing has been mentioned in leading media outlets such as GQ and Nikkei Business. He has been serving as IGLTA Ambassador to Japan since 2010 and is currently working closely with the travel industry in his native Japan to promote LGBT tourism.

     

  • Latin America
  • Ylan Chrem

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ylan Chrem
    Lima Tours
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    United States

    Phone: +1.305.785.2116
    Email: latinamerica@iglta.org

    Ylan Chrem, our ambassador for Latin America, has been a international traveler and a world expeditionary since a young age. At age 17 he decided to leave his beloved Peru and went to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he improved his knowledge of Hebrew, Japanese and French and received a degree in tourism studies..

    With more than 25 years in the travel industry, Ylan has worked for leading hotels, airlines and tour operators around the world. He has run his own business, South American Travel Experts since 2002; based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he represents leading South American inbound tour companies. He has been involved with IGLTA for almost 15 years, serving two terms on the board and more than seven years as a regional ambassador. His passions are traveling, cooking, classical music, the arts and discovering new cultures from around the world.

     

  • Lebanon
  • Bertho Makso

    Bertho Makso
    LebTour
    Beirut
    Lebanon

    Phone: 961.3.004572
    Email: lebanon@iglta.org

  • Mexico
  • Ron K

    Ron Kuijpers
    Maya Moon Tours
    Cancun
    Mexico

    Phone: +52.998.887.7905
    Mobile: +52.1.998.845.7654
    Email: mexico@iglta.org
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    Ruben Mora
    Mundo Joven
    Mexico City
    Mexico

    Phone: +52.55.5661.8283
    Email: mexico@iglta.org

  • Scandinavia
  • Tobias Holfelt

    Tobias Holfelt
    MB Trading
    Lund
    Sweden

    Phone: +46(0).735.103.025
    Email: sweden@iglta.org
  • South Africa
  • David Ryan

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    David Ryan
    Rhino Africa & Out2Africa
    Cape Town
    South Africa

    Phone: +27.21.469.2600
    Email: southafrica@iglta.org

    An accountant by profession, David Ryan is the intrepid CEO of theRhino Africa Safaris group, which he founded in 2004. Born and bred in Cape Town, David is passionate about Africa, sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation. He is a longtime member of IGLTA, and the Ambassador for South Africa, which recently won the bid to host our 2016 Annual Global Convention in Cape Town.

    Rhino Africa’s rapid growth was just one of the reasons David Ryan was honored to be a finalist in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. For him sustainable tourism is a business imperative and a means to energetically facilitate beneficial change. This approach also led to him being honored with the IGLTA Pioneer Award in 2011. Rhino Africa was recently named Africa’s leading safari company in the World Travel Awards.

  • Spain
  • David Martin

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    David Martin
    Diversity Consulting
    Madrid
    Spain

    Phone: +34.91.172.4099
    Email: spain@iglta.org

     

    Graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and European Union Business as well as from the Madrid’s Technical University in Aeronautical Engineering.Doctoral Tesis:  "Managing Change in Mutating Markets: Alternative Business Process Management as a Key Tool for your business success" Master’s Degree in Enterprise Business Systems. He has over 14 years’ experience in systems and marketing consulting. He has worked in different managing positions for multinationals such as Vodafone Group and Generali Insurance Group in over 10 countries including USA, Australia, Egypt, Hungary, Austria, Germany, England and Spain. At the present he is the CEO and Co-Founder of Diversity Consulting, a company that helps large corporations approach the LGBT Market.

  • Turkey
  • Mustafa Kartopu

    Mustafa Kartopu
    Aristo Tours
    Istanbul
    Turkey

    Phone: +90(212)249.8388
    Email: turkey@iglta.org
  • United Kingdom
  • Jonathan Mountford

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jonathan Mountford
    Made
    London
    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44.0.20.7831.8105
    Mobile: +44.0.7709.585.581
    Email: uk@iglta.org

    Jonathan Mountford is one of the newest members of our volunteer global ambassador team. He is the managing director of the award-winning UK marketing and PR agency made. After graduating in theatre studies from the University of Surrey, Jonathan worked at the British Broadcasting Corporation, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, National Exhibition Centre and the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. In 1994 he joined the recently formed London advertising agency AKA. In 2004 he was invited to join Dewynters to create a Tourism Marketing Division.

    Dewynters offer innovative media, marketing, sales and creative solutions for the global entertainment industry. He is a founding director of made. Jonathan sits on the British Tourism Industry Group and chairs the Americas Interest Group at VisitBritain,  a non-departmental public body funded by the UK's Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

     

  • United States
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    Babs Daitch
    Thanks Babs the Day Tripper Tours
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States

    Phone: +1.702.370.6961
    Email: usa@iglta.org

    Babs Daitch, our Ambassador for the USA, roams across the tourism terrain with energy, panache and imposing tempo. For more than three decades, she has continuously played an important role within the lesbian and gay tourism community. Since 1981 she has served as product manager, programming director, business development manager, global travel advisor, tour director/guide, and travel event planner; she specializes in outdoor adventures and active vacations for seniors, students, and lesbian and gay travelers as well as volunteer and sustainable tourism and emerging markets in the tourism industry.

    As a recognized expert on accessing these desirable niches, Babs has acquainted tour operators, suppliers, agents, associations, tourist boards, consumers, and the media to the needs of the lesbian and gay traveler. She has played an important role on the Olivia Cruises and Resorts team for six years and has done business development for Spectrum Solutions/Certified Vacations and industry promotions for Majesty Cruises, Glacier Bay Cruises and various boutique companies. As a consultant, she took the lead in developing programs and itineraries for Sweet, a lesbian travel company. Over the years, she has also directed LGBT travel events for the Breast Cancer Fund; The Gay Games, Amsterdam and Sydney; San Francisco AIDS Foundation; The National Center for Lesbian Rights; Human Rights Campaign; Spectrum Solutions; and An Uncommon Legacy Foundation.

    Babs became a member of IGLTA in 1990, and previously served as a board member and association treasurer. She also handles a range of special projects.  In 2013, at IGLTA’s 30th Anniversary convention in Chicago, Babs was named Ambassador of the Year by the IGLTA staff.

     

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    MarQuies Willis
    Kimpton Hotels
    Washington D.C.
    United States

    Phone: +1.702.370.6961
    Email: usa@iglta.org

    A native of Washington, D.C., MarQuies Willis is an area sales manager with Kimpton Hotels' DC region. He specifically focuses on travel to the D.C. Metro area for foundations, diversity, education and diplomatic group travel. He is our new ambassador for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

    MarQuies studied Hospitality Management at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and has experience in multiple concentrations in the hotel industry, including sales, room operations, business development, conference service, and business travel sales. He also serves as Kimpton’s regional LGBT liaison in supporting local initiatives, partnerships and charity fundraisers, and is well connected with major equality foundations on both the local and national level.

Ambassador Eligibility

Interested in representing IGLTA in your local region or country?

In order to become an IGLTA Ambassador, you must meet the following qualifications:

1. You are the IGLTA contact for your travel/tourism-related business, which has been an IGLTA member for at least one year.
2. You currently have residence in that country and speak that country's language.
3. You have attended at least one IGLTA annual global convention.
4. You are aware the position is a volunteer (non-salaried) job, paying only a commission for acquiring new members & sponsors.

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