NEW YORK CITY (28 June 2017)—IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association announced today that the New York Hilton Midtown has been chosen as the site of its 36th Annual Global Convention, the premier networking and educational event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism industry. The conference is set for 25-27 April 2019, the first time IGLTA’s signature event will be held in New York.
"We look forward to welcoming the attendees of the IGLTA convention to Midtown Manhattan in 2019. The Hilton New York Midtown will be a fantastic backdrop for visitors looking to discover both our classic and new attractions right in the heart of New York City," said Fred Dixon, President & CEO of NYC & Company, the city's official tourism organization.
As a top-level global partner of IGLTA since 2010, Hilton has committed to year-round support for the association and LGBTQ-welcoming travel. Jon Muñoz, Senior Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hilton, serves as Vice Chair of the IGLTA Board of Directors.
“IGLTA has a long-term partnership with Hilton that will be showcased in this central Midtown Manhattan location,” IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella said. “The Hilton message to the LGBTQ+ traveler is one of genuine welcome, which we see reinforced through their support for an inclusive workplace where equality and employee diversity are celebrated.”
“At Hilton, our hotels are a gathering place for all people. We aim to provide an exceptional experience at every hotel for every guest, every time,” said Amy Martin Ziegenfuss, Vice President, Global Marketing, Hilton. “We look forward to providing a warm welcome to IGLTA at the New York Hilton Midtown in 2019.”
Hilton has a strong history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community and is consistently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Since 2014, Hilton has received a perfect 100 percent score.
For information on IGLTA’s 2018 Annual Global Convention in Toronto, Ontario (9-12 May), please visit iglta.org/convention.
IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ tourism 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+ and LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 70 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta.