THE IGLTA FOUNDATION IMPACT AWARD 

SUSTAINABILITY FOR SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

 

The IGLTA Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming businesses through leadership, research and education. This award recognizes a business member of IGLTA whose initiatives encourage the responsible development of tourism in three key areas: environment, community, diversity & inclusion. 

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WHY?

Sustainability is an essential consideration for LGBTQ+ travelers around the world. As a community that has historically faced discrimination, LGBTQ+ travelers prioritize safety and inclusivity when choosing travel destinations. In recent years, sustainability has become an increasingly important factor in the decision-making process of LGBTQ+ travelers. This is because sustainable travel not only contributes to the preservation of the environment, but it also promotes social and economic development in local communities.

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2021 IGLTA post-COVID survey

Many LGBTQ+ travelers prioritize hotels and resorts that have environmentally friendly practices and initiatives, such as recycling programs and the use of renewable energy sources. Additionally, LGBTQ+ travelers may choose to support local LGBTQ+ organizations and businesses that are working towards creating safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ people. The 2021 IGLTA post-COVID survey found that LGBTQ+ travelers are strongly aware of major social causes, and conscious of their impact on the environment. They also care deeply about supporting the LGBTQ+ community in different ways in the places they visit. If travel businesses give LGBTQ+ travelers the opportunity to do just that, it can create a win-win situation for both travelers and the local community. 

To learn more about LGBTQ+ travel and sustainability, download our latest report sets out a vision of how LGBTQ+ travel should develop in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Click here


 

About the Impact Award

Our Impact Award focuses on initiatives and efforts that encourage the sustainable and responsible development of tourism. The award encompasses a holistic approach to the matter of sustainability as it does and should affect us all. 

The Impact Award will recognize a smaller, independent IGLTA business member based on 3 pillars of sustainability that are of the greatest impact to us at IGLTAF. The award is presented every year at the IGLTA Global Convention.

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Benefits of Receiving this Prestigious Award:

  • Recognition on main stage at the Convention
  • Mentorship from an industry leader during the convention
  • Four nights of free accommodation at the convention host hotel
  • Complimentary Buyer/Supplier Marketplace & Convention Registration
  • Complimentary admission to Voyage
  • One-year Free IGLTA Membership Renewal
  • An IGLTA marketing package valued at US$3,000
  • A commemorative trophy
  • Recognition on IGLTA social media and newsletter reaching 12,000+ tourism professionals in over 80 countries

2024 IMPACT AWARD 

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    Winner Announcement: The winner of the Impact Award will be announced on July 8, following the judges' discussion call and scoring. The winning business will receive recognition and visibility through our website, social media channels, and other promotional materials. Additionally, the winner will be invited to join us in Osaka, Japan for our global convention, where they will have the opportunity to share their insights and best practices at an exclusive sustainability panel discussion. We are excited to showcase and celebrate their achievements during our event.

    How to Apply: If you believe your business embodies the principles of sustainable tourism, we invite you to submit your application for the Impact Award. The application period is open from April 22 to May 31. During the judging process, the top 3 candidates will be selected for video interviews to further validate their mission statement and commitment to sustainability.

    Timeline:

    • Application open: April 22 - May 31
    • Judges review applications: June 1 - June 15
    • Top 3 candidates notified: June 16
    • Video interviews with top 3 candidates: June 17 - June 30 (to validate the mission statement of the applicants and assess how sustainability is incorporated into their business and provide a more level playing field for those who aren’t as strong with writing/English language)
    • Judges discussion call and scoring: July 1 - July 7
    • Winner announced: July 8

PAST IMPACT AWARD RECIPIENTS

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    Lunfarda Travel, the winner of the 2023 Impact Award will be joining us in San Juan, Puerto Rico for our global convention, where they will have the opportunity to share their insights and best practices at an exclusive sustainability panel discussion. We are excited to showcase and celebrate their achievements during our event!

    "It's an honor to receive the Impact Award and be acknowledged for our ongoing work spearheading an intersectional framework in travel. We are grateful to IGLTA for its continued educational and networking opportunities and we look forward to sharing our success story with everyone in Puerto Rico. Our case shows that having a core framework of diversity is not just an ethical necessity but a fruitful business approach. We hope our story can help other providers achieve a more community-based approach that will help destinations showcase themselves in increasingly diverse ways." - Mariana Radisic Koliren, Founder of Lunfarda Travel


    A warm thank you to our 2023 judging committee

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  • 2022 Impact award recipient: Dadamanga

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    Founded in 2010 in Taolagnaro, Dadamanga creates tours to attractions, parks, and destinations throughout the unique landscape of Madagascar with an emphasis on environmental protection and community engagement.

    A donation is made from every tour to girls’ school Nofy i Androy, and they have established a rice distribution fund for single mothers of disabled children. Through a partner company, they fund a nursery to raise and distribute fruit trees to local farms, and actively lobby against the exploitation of lemurs as hotel attractions. They also hold workshops for independent local drivers and tour guides to educate them on the importance of diversity,equity, and inclusion.

    "Dadamanga is honoured to have been selected for this prestigious award.  It has always been a guiding ethic of our company to support social issues and to support the environment in everything that we do.  Being in the travel business in one of the least developed countries on earth, we consider it vital that our entire chain, from drivers to guides to the staff in our partner hotels, actively embrace those values, we have carefully worked with our team on matters of diversity, and we assure you that Madagascar is open, welcoming, and ready to receive everyone with Fahalemem-panahy (with gentleness), and with open hearts and minds." Brett Massoud, Founder & Owner, Dadamanga


    A warm thank you to our 2022 judging committee

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  • 2021 Impact Award recipient: Out Colombia

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    Founded in 2016 in Medellín, OUT in Colombia is committed to creating life-changing experiences for travelers that also engage members of the local LGBTQ+ community and protect Colombia’s biodiversity. Among the company’s recent initiatives was the formation of the Cocora Alliance to create a platform for charitable giving from tour proceeds; the project is named after the Cocora Valley, home to Colombia’s national tree, the wax palm, which is a major draw for tourists to the region, but also is endangered.


     

    A warm thank you to our 2021 judging committee

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    "With every one of our tours, we seek to introduce LGBTQ+ travelers to the new definition of all-inclusive, where you can travel well, travel out, and make a difference all at the same time, it is truly an honor to be recognized by IGLTA, the IGLTA Foundation, and The TreadRight Foundation for our efforts to give back to the community through responsible and sustainable tourism. As we strive for equality through travel, we hope that every new experience and cultural exchange leads to more compassion and understanding, while uplifting the diverse communities of the world.".Sam Castañeda Holdren, CEO & Founder, OUT in Colombia. 


     

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