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Bid on travel packages to support LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism globally


Fort Lauderdale, FL (22 September 2020)—The IGLTA Foundation, the charitable organization of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association, has launched an online auction this week that features more than 30 travel packages contributed by IGLTA members in Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia. The online event will culminate on 27 September, World Tourism Day, a date dedicated to fostering awareness among the global community on the important social, cultural, political and economic value of tourism.

Funds raised from the auction will support the Foundation's efforts to educate government and industry leaders on the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusive tourism, provide fellowships to young LGBTQ+ travel professionals, and support LGBTQ+ owned businesses in emerging destinations.


Auction packages are valid until September 2021, allowing for fluctuating tourism restrictions and comfort zones for returning to travel. Bids are tax deductible in the United States for U.S. taxpayers.


To participate in the auction, please visit


Thank you to the businesses that provided items for the auction: OWN Hotels Ipanema Visconti; LSH Lifestyle Hotel Rio; Kimpton La Peer Hotel and Bikes and Hikes LA donated by Visit West Hollywood; W hotel NY Union Square; Oscar Wilde Tours; One Hotel Central Park: Museum of Modern Art: Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Experience; Moxy Times Square Hotel, New York City; Metropolitan Opera; Empire State Observatory; AxelBeach Miami Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center; MGM Grand Las Vegas; Hotel Unique Sao Paulo; Eaton Hotel Hong Kong; Tourisme Metropolitain Nice Cote d'Azur; Sorano Hotel Tokyo; Eaton Hotel D.C.; Hyatt Paris Madeleine; LE BHV/MARAIS; Delta Air Lines; Cape Grace Hotel; Jamala Madikwe; Royal Safari Lodge; W Mexico City; Solaz Los Cabos; Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, San Jose del Cabo; Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort, Rio de Janeiro; AC Hotel Lima Miraflores, Tambo del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado, Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco, Aloft Hotel Lima Miraflores, Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Moxy Frankfurt Airport Kelsterbach, Moxy Darmstadt, Moxy Dusseldorf South, Moxy Munich Ostbahnhof, Le Meridien I'le Maurice (Mauritius) and W Ibiza donated by Marriott International; One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos and One&Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta donated by Kerzner International Limited; High End Journeys; Canne Bianche; and Park Hotel ai Cappuccini. 


About IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation: 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. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 80 countries. In 2012, the philanthropic IGLTA Foundation was launched to support the mission of the association and its membership through education, research and leadership development. For more information:, or and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta or @IGLTAFoundation on Facebook.