Event Unites European Leaders to Shape the Future of LGBTQ+ Tourism in the Region
BARCELONA, Spain (29 June 2023)—The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association Foundation is thrilled to announce its upcoming virtual Leadership Think Tank on LGBTQ+ tourism in Europe. This Think Tank is presented by Simpleview with support from Google and will take place on 30 June. The virtual event aims to provide valuable insights into the current landscape of LGBTQ+ tourism in Europe and the ongoing efforts to overcome challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the region. A comprehensive report summarizing the key takeaways from the Think Tank will be shared with the public.
The co-moderators are Fabrice Houdart (he/him), Executive Director for the Association of LGBTQ+ Corporate Directors, and Núria Abellan Calvet (she/her), who is a professor at The CETT Barcelona School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy, the only university to offer an LGBTQ+ tourism master’s degree. The participants of the Think Tank represent a diverse and passionate group of professionals dedicated to creating a more inclusive and equitable tourism landscape. A full list of the participants and their bios can be found here.
"As we witness the changing social and political climates in Europe—and around the world—it becomes even more important to unite and advocate for inclusive travel experiences that uphold the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ individuals," said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. "This Think Tank provides a crucial forum for leaders to discuss and shape the future of LGBTQ+ travel in Europe."
The IGLTA Foundation's Leadership Think Tank is a pioneering initiative that brings together the most influential executives from LGBTQ+ welcoming companies and destinations worldwide to discuss the most pressing issues facing LGBTQ+ tourism and the communities it impacts. Through a collaborative and inclusive approach, the Think Tank harnesses the collective expertise of industry leaders to identify and tackle key challenges facing LGBTQ+ tourism. By pooling their knowledge, resources, and networks, the Think Tank seeks to create a more inclusive and welcoming tourism industry for LGBTQ+ travelers. Click here for more information on the IGLTA Foundation’s Leadership Think Tank.
About IGLTA & 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's global network includes 12,500+ LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events, and travel media in 80 countries. The philanthropic IGLTA Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming travel businesses globally through leadership, research, and education. For more information: iglta.org, igltaconvention.org or iglta.org/foundation and follow us on Facebook @IGLTA, @IGLTABusiness or @IGLTAFoundation, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram @iglta.