The IGLTA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism. The Foundation supports the mission of IGLTA and its membership with a focus on Education, Research and Developing future leaders in LGBT tourism.
A Board of Directors governs the IGLTA Foundation, overseeing the organization's strategy and direction. Click here to read our bylaws.
For more details on the Scholarship Application, Click Here.
Cape Town 2016
IGLTA board member Rika Jean-Francois with Annual Global Convention scholarship recipients (L to R) Vidar Nilsen (Norway), Hlengiwe Buthelezi (South Africa) and students from the International Hotel School in Cape Town.
Los Angeles 2015
Scholarship recipients (L to R) Wang Hao (China), Ena Yanagi (Japan), Olubode Shawn Brown (Jamaica), Kan Kikumoto (Japan) and Fabio Rugeles (Colombia).
Foundation board member Gregg Kaminsky with Annual Global Convention scholarship recipients (L to R) Robert Washington Jr. (U.S.), Janice Tjon Sien Kie (Curacao), Marco Jaramillo (Colombia), Ryan Romero (U.S.), and Murilo Lima Araujo Costa (Brazil)
Scholarship recipients (L to R) Aaron Paiva Leyton (Peru), Kleber de Oliveira da Silva (Brazil), Kathy Eow (U.S.), Teddy Frank (Liberia), and Jermain Tjin-A-Koeng (Suriname) with former Foundation Executive Director Travis Ferland
The IGLTA Foundation subsidizes association memberships for small LGBT-friendly tourism businesses in emerging destinations, i.e. places that lack governmental support or LGBT infrastructure.
Since the program was launched 13 October, 2013 we have added members in Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad, and Jamaica.
As the Foundation grows, we plan to expand these efforts to include Annual Global Convention registrations along with travel expenses and tables in our Unique Destinations trade show. Assisting in the professional growth of future LGBT tourism leaders worldwide helps to make travel more welcoming for us all.
For more information on this program, please go to www.iglta.org/emerging