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.
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.
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.
Moderator: Daniela Wagner, Conneting Travel & Director of EMEA, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Panelists: Brian King, U.S. Travel Association; Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Council; Peter De Wilde, Visit Flanders
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 bans and assaults on human rights.
(Presented in Spanish)
Speaker: Oriol Pamies, Interacting Technology
Speakers: Andre Rojer, Curacao 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
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.
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.
Photo by: Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
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