IGLTA will celebrate 40 years of advancing LGBTQ+ tourism globally 4-7 October with a return to the Caribbean for the first time since 1985
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (20 March 2023)—The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association opened registration today for its 40th Anniversary Global Convention, which is set for 4-7 October at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. The host of IGLTA’s second-ever global conference in 1985, Puerto Rico continues to be a beacon in the Caribbean for queer travelers and the perfect backdrop for the premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ+ tourism.
“We are so excited to bring our Global Convention back to San Juan for an event that will inspire everyone working to advance LGBTQ+ travel for the future,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “This truly momentous occasion would not be possible without Discover Puerto Rico, and their steadfast support for the LGBTQ+ community on the Island.”
Discover Puerto Rico, the Island’s Destination Marketing Organization, has been a vocal champion of welcoming LGBTQ+ travelers since its inception in 2018. In 2019, polls showed that 19% of LGBTQ+ travelers identified Puerto Rico as an LGBTQ+ welcoming destination and in 2020, that number increased to 41%. This increase was reached through further embracing the community, working alongside LGBTQ+ agency HospitableMe, and taking an “education first” approach by providing their teams and local partners with in-depth training on evolving industry standards of inclusive hospitality.
“It is an honor to be the host destination of this historic and impactful conference,” said Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Puerto Rico. “This partnership with IGLTA is not only an acknowledgment of our efforts surrounding inclusivity for all travelers who seek the Island’s unique cultural and tourism offerings, but also a commitment to be an example to our neighbors in the Caribbean for creating environments that are welcoming to everyone, and ultimately drive positive outcomes for businesses and locals alike.”
IGLTA Global Convention registration includes:
Opening Reception at the DISTRITO T-Mobile, the ultimate entertainment center in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Two days of educational sessions
Media Networking Event connecting delegates with global media outlets and influencers that promote LGBTQ+ welcoming travel
Two LGBTQ+ Tourism Expo networking lunches that unite all attendees
Closing Reception presented by 2024 Global Convention host destination Osaka, Japan
Option to participate in the IGLTA Buyer/Supplier Marketplace on 4 October for one-to-one scheduled meetings (additional fee)
IGLTA’s Global Convention has been helping businesses connect and thrive within the LGBTQ+ tourism industry for nearly four decades. From educational sessions on the latest marketing trends and travel innovation to dynamic networking receptions, the convention offers an enlightening—and productive—time for the world’s top LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism and travel professionals. It also provides an opportunity to support the charitable IGLTA Foundation with Voyage, a stylish ticketed evening event during the convention that raises funds for LGBTQ+ leadership, research, and education initiatives.
For more information, please visit igltaconvention.org.
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 12,000 LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events, and travel media in 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org, igltaconvention.org and follow us on Facebook @IGLTA, @IGLTABusiness or Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram @iglta.
About Discover Puerto Rico
Discover Puerto Rico is a newly established private, not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO brings prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively promoting the Island's diversity and uniqueness for leisure and business travel, and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales, and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico's visitor economy and the community at large, to empower economic growth. To discover all the beauty the Island has to offer, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.