Anonym / Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / Categories: Press Releases, 2018 IGLTA and ASTA Expand Organizational Partnership Reciprocal membership discounts now available, increased benefits for travel advisors and other tourism industry professionals interested in the LGBTQ+ market Washington, DC (21 August, 2018)—IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association and the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) announced today an expanded partnership that includes discounted membership rates for businesses that join both organizations. Both organizations have a long history that spans the globe, with IGLTA members located in more than 80 countries and conducting business in over 100, and ASTA with members in 125 countries. “We’re very proud of our partnership with ASTA and excited to leverage this relationship to provide more opportunities to our members,” said John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO. “ASTA leads the way in education for travel advisors, a key segment of our membership, and we have the resources they need to promote greater understanding of LGBTQ+ travel among their membership. By sharing information, all of the travelers using ASTA and IGLTA members will benefit.” "ASTA is pleased to grow the long-standing relationship with our partner IGLTA. The association aligns with our mission to serve as a trusted resource to the travel community from travel advisors to suppliers, and most importantly, the traveling public. Through this partnership, we hope to help our members better serve the LGBTQ+ traveler and look forward to showcasing that expertise at the upcoming ASTA Global Convention in Washington, D.C. with IGLTA's presence, " said Zane Kerby, ASTA's President and CEO. IGLTA travel advisor members will receive a discount off ASTA membership. Incentives are available for suppliers as well. All ASTA members will receive an equivalent discount off of IGLTA membership rates with additional discounts available to travel advisors. The organizations also are planning webinars that will share industry knowledge on topics such as ethics for travel advisors and best practices for LGBTQ+ travel sales. Meet IGLTA at the ASTA Global Convention, Table #T10, 21-23 August in Washington, D.C. to learn more about this new membership program and becoming a part of the leading global organization dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ travel. IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella will participate in the 22 August General Session panel "Tourism and Human Rights." For more information on the membership programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Pamela Bonin, Director of Membership for ASTA at email@example.com. About IGLTA: IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and advance LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook at IGLTABusiness or IGLTA, Twitter and Instagram @iglta. About ASTA: ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors) members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information, visit ASTA.org. Previous Article EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMMISSION AND IGLTA FOUNDATION PUBLISH HANDBOOK ON LGBTQ+ TRAVEL IN EUROPE Next Article IGLTA Publishes Calendar of LGBTQ+ Festivals Print 1068 Rate this article: No rating Please login or register to post comments.