IGLTA will once again incorporate its successful Buyer/Supplier Marketplace into the convention programming. This is the only global LGBT buyer/supplier networking event of its kind. Pre-qualified buyers will meet with participating suppliers at an appointment-driven marketplace during the first day of the conference, 4 May, 2017.
SUPPLIERS: To participate, please complete your convention registration and pay the appropriate supplemental fee for the Marketplace. Be sure to note, at the time of registration, if you are bringing a second business representative of your company, who is fully registered for the convention.
BUYERS: All buyers (travel agencies, outbound tour operators, meeting planners) must be IGLTA members and be pre-qualified prior to registering, by completing the Buyer Application (below), identifying such things as how much gay and/or lesbian travel you sell, how long your business has been in LGBT tourism, are you a gay friendly travel provider or LGBT owned etc. Once qualified, a registration code will be sent to you. You must apply and register prior to the start of the convention.
o The Marketplace is an appointment-only trade show that matches Buyers and Suppliers for eight-minute meetings based on their requests and additional factors. Buyers sit at designated tables and Suppliers have two minutes to travel between appointments. A chime signifies the beginning and end of each appointment.
Buyers and Suppliers will receive an email from IGLTA stating that the appointment process is open one month before the Marketplace begins. Through the appointment system portal link, appointments can be booked and confirmed.
The Marketplace is open to all travel and tourism industry Suppliers. The fee to participate in the Buyer/Supplier Marketplace is US$550 for small business suppliers (1-10 employees) and US$1200 for regular-sized suppliers (11+ employees), which is in addition to the full conference fee. Please select Supplier Marketplace in the conference add-ons section of the registration process.
An approved buyer can share a table with one other representative from his/her company during the marketplace if the additional employee has paid a full conference registration. Two buyers per table maximum.
Each Supplier can bring one other representative from his/her company at 50% of their supplier participation rate if the additional employee has paid a full conference registration. Two supplier representatives maximum.
A credit card authorization for US$200, must be completed from each Buyer at the time of registration. If you keep all of your appointments at the conference this charge will not be made. This also entitles you to complimentary registration for all convention programming.
If something comes up at the last minute and you need to cancel, we will provide a complete refund if we haven’t released appointment schedules. The schedules are released approximately one month prior to show date. Please contact email@example.com.
Buyers who participate in the Buyer/Supplier Marketplace are required to book their accommodations at the host hotel, where they will receive a 25% discount on the hotel rate. A surcharge of US$199 applies to all convention attendees (including host buyers) who book accommodations outside of the hotel block. This does not apply to St. Petersburg area residents
The rate at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel is US$199/night.
All events take place at our host hotel, the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, unless otherwise noted on the agenda.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org IGLTA staff will be on site during the Marketplace to assist with any last-minute queries.
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