Senior Vice President at Virtuoso joins the global LGBTQ+ travel association’s strategic advisory board
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (13 March 2019)—The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association announced today that Albert Herrera, Senior Vice President, Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso has been appointed to its 2019-2020 board of directors. Virtuoso, a global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel, has more than 20,000 advisors.
Under his leadership, Herrera’s team manages relationships with more than 1,300 hotels and resorts, 150 on-site destination management companies, 60 tour companies, 30 cruise lines and 80 strategic alliances. He is based in New York City.
“We are honored to welcome industry leader Albert Herrera to the association board,” said IGLTA Board Chair Juan Julià. “Virtuoso sets a high standard for the travel advisor community as well as suppliers globally. We look forward to having closer alignment with their network worldwide and to having Albert's valuable input in developing IGLTA's strategic growth."
Current board members who were reappointed for another two-year term are:
Felipe Cardenas, Co-Founder/CEO, Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Uwern Jong, Editor in Chief, OutThere magazine
Richard Krieger, President, PrideWorld Travel
Steven Larkin, Director of Sales Canada, Delta Air Lines
Jon Muñoz, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hilton
Don Skeoch, Chief Marketing Officer, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
The new board takes effect during the board meeting prior to IGLTA’s 36th Annual Global Convention in New York City, 24-27 April. (igltaconvention.org) In addition to the appointments, the returning board members are Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International; Shiho Ikeuchi, President, Pink Soleil; Juan Julià, Founder/President, Axel Hotels; Oriol Pamies, Founder, Queer Destinations; Sandi Robinson, Director of Sales, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago; and Maria Tuttocuore, Senior Executive - Sales & Marketing, Leisure, Monaco Government Tourist Office. John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO, holds a non-voting seat on the board.
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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 expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. The association also is a proud supporter of ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 80 countries. The IGLTA Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the global LGBTQ+ tourism industry, takes place in New York City, 24-27 April 2019. For more information: iglta.org or igltaconvention.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta.