Be sure to check back here to see new educational opportunities as they are added.
At this year’s convention, we will have multiple unique destinations filled with information about what makes them stand out in the LGBT travel world. Make sure to find time to stop by each destination to gain a better understanding what they have to offer to the LGBT travel industry. Below you will find a list of the destination that are confirmed on attendign this years convention. Contiue to check back as we as add more destination
Guam is a Pacific island paradise on the westernmost edge of the US, with gorgeous beaches, year-round summer-like weather, and unsurpassed tropical beauty. The island’s rich 4,000-year old culture and heritage begins with our Chamorro people, who are renowned for their hospitality and warmth. Guam offers a unique experience, combining the laidback tranquility of island life with modern cosmopolitan luxuries, like duty-free shopping, fine dining, and lots of fun activities. From world class golfing to snorkeling, and adventure river cruises through the ancient Chamorro latte site, the list of things to do in Guam is as endless as your imagination. Visit Guam and experience the Hafa Adai spirit during the 2017 Year of Love.
Nestled along the Mediterranean Sea – lies the Principality of Monaco – where the LGBT jet set traveler can experience as much excitement and romance as their expectations desire. From relaxing in a resort from a by-gone era, taking part in a variety of water sports, or enjoying an evening filled with culture, music and festivities, Monaco, a diverse, safe and inclusive destination with residents from 125 different countries, has it all and welcomes all with open arms.
Start with a step back in time to a Riviera of old. Enjoy the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, pamper yourselves with couples’ spa treatments and massages, boat or parasail on the sparkling Mediterranean or enjoy an entertaining evening at well-known night spots. Music lovers can sit under the stars and listen to the legendaryMonte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra as they perform their summer concerts in the magical setting of the Main Courtyard at the Princely Palace.
Don’t forget a fine dining meal at one of Monaco’s restaurants, six of which feature a combined nine Michelin stars. Among the myriad of exceptional experiences to be found in Monaco, dining is just one of the Principality’s many pleasures and there is no other location in the world where so much epicurean distinction can be found within less than a square mile.
Friday May 5th, 2017, 9:00am-10:45am
Roger Dow will provide the latest data on the U.S. domestic and inbound tourism market and discuss the effects of travel bans, the new administration, and anti-LGBT laws enacted at the state level are having on the industry.
Friday May 5th, 2017, 10:30am-12:00pm
1. Presentation of the UNWTO LGBT Report
Peter Jordan, another of the United Nations World Tourism Organization's second Global Report on LGBT Tourism, discusses key findings from his research. Topics include LGBT rights and LGBT travel around the world; the impact of same-sex marriage on the tourism sector; why inclusion and diversity is a recipe for succcess in destination development; emerging trends in LGBT travel; and recommendations for emerging destinations to attract this dynamic segment. The free report, ailale in March is produced by the UNWTO in partnership with IGLTA.
Friday May 5th, 2017, 1:45pm-2:45pm
Moderator: Daniela Wagner, Conneting Travel & Director of EMEA, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Panelists: Karen L. Christensen, U.S. State Department; Peter De Wilde, VISITFLANDERS; Brian King, U.S. Travel Association; Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Council;
Our CEO Panel returns to address the many threats facing today’s global tourism community. Thought leaders representing diverse segments of the market – hotels, government, associations, destinations – will discuss the ways that tourism businesses can move forward in the wake of terrorist attacks, travel restrictions and assaults on human rights.
Having a Large Follower Base is Not Winning at Social Media
Friday May 5th, 2017, 2:45pm-3:15pm
Ophelia Pastrana-Professor, Journalist, Activist
Join us for a lively presentation on the latest social media strategies from one of of Mexico's leading tech professionals and activists. Pastrana will provide the marketing tools you need to reach today's diverse LGBT travelers.
Saturday May 6th, 2017, 9:30am-10:15am
Speaker: Xiaofeng "Charlie" Gu, China Luxury Advisors
China's 60-80 million LGBT population makes it arguably the largest LGBT consumer market in the world. However, in a country where a majority of the LGBT community remains in the closet and LGBT topics are largely censored in the media, how do tourism marketers engage and attract these consumers through the right product and with the right channel?
Friday May 5th, 2017, 4:30pm-5:30pm
(Presented in Spanish)
Presentado por Oriol Pàmies, Interacting Technology
Let's get digital: LGBT online marketing
Presented by: Oriol Pamies, Interacting Technology
Moderadora: Ophelia Patrana, Profesora, Periodista, Activisita
Panelistas: Andre Rojer, Curaçao Tourism Borad; Gustavo Rivas-Solis, Latitude International
Esta debate presentará los exitosos casos del marketing de los destinos LGBT como el de Visite Puerto Vallarta y el Patronato de Turismo de Curaçao. Aprenda consejos prácticos para atraer viajeros LGBT a su destino de la experiencia de estos líderes LGBT de las regiones de América Latina y el Caribe. Impartido en español.
Presented in Spanish
LGBT Destination Marketing: Best Practices
Moderator: Ophelia Pastrana, Professor, journalist & Activist
Panelists: Andre Rojer, Curacao Tourism Borad; Gustavo Rivas-Solis, Latitude International
This lively discussion on LGBT destination marketing will feature successful case studies from Visit Puerto Vallarta and the Curacao Tourist Board. Learn practical tips for attracting LGBT travelers to your destination from these longtime LGBT leaders in the Latin American/Caribbean region.
Saturday May 6th, 2017, 10:30am-11:15am
Presented by: Peter Jordan, Gen C Traveller
This session takes a close look at the newly published 2nd edition of the UNWTO-IGLTA Global Report on LGBT Tourism, itself a major milestone in the recognition of LGBT tourism by government and business around the world. This edition is designed for destinations and travel brands - mature and emerging - to help them understand how they can continue breaking boundaries in LGBT travel, keeping their marketing and product development fresh and relevant for a new generation of LGBT travelers. The report also takes an honest, contemporary look at the impact of LGBT rights, technology and social attitudes on the LGBT travel industry globally. In this session, Peter Jordan, the report’s author, will take you through these major issues, giving you top tips on what the findings mean for your business. Note: This free report will be available to all convention delegates and was produced with support from the IGLTA Foundation and the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.
Speakers: Thomas Roth, Community Marketing & insights; David Paisley, Community Marketing & Insights
The interactive presentation will provide an overview of the LGBT travel market today, focusing on breakthrough LGBT tourism research, as well as best sales and marketing practices to reach and serve this important segment. The primary goal of this presentation is to provide destinations and travel suppliers with a foundation to build their LGBT initiatives; not only to understand the LEGBT segment, but also reach and market to them effectively, while maximizing ROI. reach and market to them effectively, while maximizing ROI.
Presented by: Meg Cale, Dopes on the Road
Millennials are changing the face of the travel industry. Many people think of millennials as 15-year-olds with a SnapChat addiction, but the reality is in three years we will have 40-year-old millennials. Marketing to millennials is essential for the travel industry. Millennials are 23 percent more likely to travel abroad than older counterparts and they also budget more for entertainment and vacations. In fact, millennials will spend US$1.4 trillion on travel each year by 2020. Join me to learn how to successfully implement strategies to boost your business with the millennial market. We'll discuss the experience economy, content marketing techniques, and ways to entice millennials to book your services.
Photo by: Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
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