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The Leading Global Resource in the LGBTQ Tourism Industry.


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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association was founded in 1983 and is the world's leading network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses. We provide free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, Travel Advisors, tour operators, events and travel media located in over 75 countries.

  • Our Mission
  • The mission of IGLTA is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.

  • Our History
  • Founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of 25 Travel Advisors and hotel owners, IGLTA has expanded exponentially as LGBTQ+ rights and visibility have grown around the world. The original name was IGTA; the "L" was added in 1997. Today, the association has a truly global presence with member businesses in more than 75 countries. IGLTA represents LGBTQ+ and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, Travel Advisors, tour operators, and events, as well as the LGBTQ+ travel consumers they wish to serve.

  • IGLTA Travel History
  • Membership Categories
  • General Members

    • Accommodations (Hotels, Resorts, & Vacation Rentals)
    • Accommodation Booking Service
    • Airline
    • Association
    • Attraction
    • Business Services
    • Car Rental
    • Casino
    • Concierge Service
    • Cruise Line
    • CVB, Tourist Bureau
    • Event Planner
    • Ground Transportation
    • Internet Service
    • Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising
    • Publications/Publishers/Media
    • Tour Operator
    • Travel Advisor
    • Travel Insurance
    • Wedding Coordinator
    • Yatching/Boating


    Associate Members

    • Art Gallery
    • Bar/Nightclub/Lounge
    • Chamber of Commerce/Business Guild
    • Doctor/Physician/Specialist
    • Entertainment
    • Fitness/Health Club
    • Gentleman’s Club/Spa
    • Hair Salon/Barber
    • LGBTQ+ Sport/Cultural Event
    • Pride Organization
    • Restaurant
    • Shopping/Retail
    • Theatre/Performing Arts
    • University/College/School
  • Membership Eligibility
  • IGLTA provides all members the ability to customize their travel experience and share it with others. Members will have access to planning tools to find trip ideas, business providers, events and specials from LGBTQ+ tourism-related businesses in 80+ countries. Business membership in IGLTA is open to all travel and travel-related businesses and professionals who wish to support the LGBTQ+ travel industry throughout the world.

    Click here to learn about business membership benefits and eligibility.

  • Governance
  • A Board of Directors governs the IGLTA, overseeing the organization's strategy and direction. Click here to read our bylaws.  For the current and past issues of the Annual Report, click here.

  • IGLTA Staff
  • IGLTA has staff and representatives located throughout the world to help promote LGBTQ+ tourism and our members.

    Click here to view our Operations Team.

    Click here to view our Global Ambassadors.

  • Marketing Opportunities
  • IGLTA members have the ability to reach our growing number of traveler members and business members around the world. We currently have over 2400 member businesses in over 80 countries around the world.

    >>Email Blasts
    >>Commemorative Directory Ads
    >>Mobile App
    >>Web Banners
    >>Newsletter Ads & Sponsorships
    >>Brochure Distribution

    For in depth information, visit

    Questions?  Contact our Marketing Department at today!

    “Marketing the 2011 glbt travel expo tour through the IGLTA was enormously successful. This is a new event and I needed to get out the word to travel related companies throughout the world. By sponsoring the IGLTA newsletter, I was able to do that. As soon as the newsletter was sent out, I saw a four fold increase in traffic on my website. That was followed up by phone calls from companies who were interested in becoming exhibitors. My banner ads on the website were just as successful but the response more steady and long term.”

    Note that all marketing opportunities are available exclusively to existing IGLTA members only.  IGLTA reserves the right to refuse any advertising piece(s).

  • Media & News
  • IGLTA represents its members globally and is often the source of information for LGBTQ+ travel-related articles. Click here for access to our press releases, news and media inquiries or contact our Media Relations Director, LoAnn Halden.
  • Past IGLTA Awards
  • IGLTA Annual Global Convention
  • Each year IGLTA hosts an Annual Global Convention and each year the location changes countries. Our convention is not only the largest of its kind, it is also the longest running. In 2019, we look forward to welcoming members of the tourism industry to New York, USA as we celebrate our 36th Anniversary.

    For more information about our Annual Convention, visit our dedicated convention site at

    Past & Future Convention Host Cities:

    2020 - Milan, Italy

    2019 - New York City, USA

    2018 - Toronto, Canada (Convention Review)

    2017 - St. Petersburg, USA (Convention Review)

    2016 - Cape Town, South Africa  (Convention Review)

    2015 - Los Angeles, USA   (Convention Review)

    2014 - Madrid, Spain   (Convention Review)

    2013 - Chicago, USA 

    2012 - Florianopolis, Brazil

    2011 - Fort Lauderdale, USA

    2010 - Antwerp, Belgium

    2009 - Toronto, Canada

    2008 - Las Vegas, USA

    2007 - Montreal, Canada

    2006 - Washington D.C., USA

    2005 - Cologne, Germany

    2004 - Vancouver, Canada

    2003 - Manchester, UK

    2002 - Fort Lauderdale, USA

    2001 - Munich, Germany

    2000 - San Francisco, USA

    1999 - Minneapolis, USA

    1998 - Montreal, Canada

    1997 - Philadelphia, USA

    1996 - Sydney, Australia

    1995 - Seattle, USA

    1994 - Washington D.C., USA

    1993 - West Hollywood, USA

    1992 - Provincetown, USA

    1991 - San Francisco, USA

    1990 - Key West, USA

    1989 - Vancouver, Canada

    1988 - Honolulu, USA

    1987 - New Orleans, USA

    1986 - Denver, USA

    1985 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

    1984 - San Francisco, USA

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