IGLTA Foundation Scholarship Program

 Shaping the future of LGBTQ+ tourism

The IGLTA Foundation LGBTQ+ Tourism Scholarship is an important initiative that provides financial assistance to LGBTQ+ students pursuing tourism studies. The scholarship helps to foster the next generation of professionals who are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in the tourism sector.

Tourism is an essential component of the global economy, and it is critical that the industry is inclusive and welcoming to everyone. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ travelers often face discrimination and prejudice when traveling, which can impact their safety, well-being, and enjoyment of the destination.

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By providing financial support to LGBTQ+ students, the IGLTA Foundation is helping to create a more inclusive tourism sector. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges facing LGBTQ+ travelers and develop innovative solutions to promote a more inclusive tourism industry.

The IGLTA Foundation LGBTQ+ Tourism Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for LGBTQ+ students who are passionate about promoting inclusivity and diversity in the tourism sector. By supporting the next generation of professionals, the scholarship helps to ensure that the tourism industry is welcoming to all travelers, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Providing these scholarships underscores the importance of promoting inclusivity in tourism and creating a more accepting world for everyone.

Past Scholarships

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    The IGLTA Foundation LGBTQ+ Tourism Scholarship is a new offering to support the next generation of LGBTQ+ tourism professionals. Two scholarships will be awarded to participate in the master’s degree program in LGBTQ+ tourism at CETT, Barcelona School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy at the University of Barcelona. The program will provide the personal and professional knowledge to analyze the challenges in the tourism sector related to the LGBTQ+ community and innovate for future development. 

    Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to join a unique international program, offered online in English at no cost, and lead the change of the sector in favor of a new tourism model based on respect and inclusion. This scholarship was created in 2021 with the generous collaboration of Queer Destinations.


    The scholarship is open to IGLTA members and their staff globally who meet the CETT criteria below.


    To prepare professionals with a robust formative base in terms of the gender perspective and the LGBTQ+ collective to innovate in the tourism sector and ensure the development and evolution of institutions, organizations, and tourist destinations.

    To provide students with the necessary tools and techniques for the analysis and diagnosis of current and future strategic challenges in the tourism sector linked to the LGBTQ+ collective to ensure respect, equality, and sustainability of companies and destinations.

    Encourage creativity so that innovative, cross-cutting, and respectful proposals can be generated to transform the tourism sector.


    2023 LBGTQ+ Tourism Master's Degree Scholarship Recipients


    Proud to be part of the first-ever LGBTQ+ tourism Master's degree in history!

    "As a young tourism professional, I believe that the importance of diversity in the tourism workplace cannot be underestimated as it is the lever for the sector as a whole. Companies that have a clear diversity and inclusion policy enjoy happier, more productive employees and an excellent reputation. I was lucky enough to be one of the recipients of the IGLTA Foundation scholarship for this program, and it allowed me to take on new challenges, stimulate innovation through diverse perspectives, and learn the best practices to positively influence the workplace."

    Amine Gabbouj
    Amine Gabbouj, IGLTA Foundation Coordinator


About the IGLTA Foundation

The IGLTA Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses globally through leadership, research and education. Founded in 2012, the foundation is the 501(c)3 public charity subsidiary of IGLTA and supports initiatives for industry organizations, leaders and communities to advance LGBTQ+ travel around the world.