IGLTA Convention RFP
About IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries. The philanthropic IGLTA Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming travel businesses globally through leadership, research and education.
About the LGBTQ+ Market
The Spending Power of the LGBTQ+ Community is Estimated at US$3.9 Trillion Globally
The LGBTQ+ community is a highly sought after segement for tourism businesses and numerous studies have shown that LGBTQ+ people travel more often, spend more and are more resilient than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. One study in 2019 by lgbt-capital estimated the spending power to be US$3.9 trillion globally. While this estimate represents more than just travel spend, another study by Community Marketing Inc has estimated that in the United States alone, LGBTQ+ travelers generate an economic impact of US$100 billion.
The LGBTQ+ Market is among the First to Travel Post-Pandemic
With support from the IGLTA Foundation, In 2021 we released the first findings from the 2021 LGBTQ+ Post COVID-19 Travel Survey. Responses came from approximately 6,300 LGBTQ+ travelers around the world, with the largest representation from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, India and the EU. The desire to return to travel is stronger than ever. The global survey results are available to download from the IGLTA website, as well as breakout reports on the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and the EU.
The IGLTA Global Convention
Each year IGLTA hosts an Annual Global Convention attracting hundreds of tourism professionals. Our convention is not only the largest of its kind, but it is also the longest-running. The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals. The 40th anniversary of the conference will connect LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ welcoming travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions. For more information about our Annual Convention, visit our dedicated convention site.
The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is a collaboration with the host city/region/country to both promote LGBTQ+ tourism as well as showcase the destination to a global audience of tourism professionals, media, and thought leaders in travel. Our 2022 convention in Milan brought together 550+ delegates from 40+ countries.
As a member-based organization, only IGLTA member DMO’s and properties will be accepted for consideration. Membership with IGLTA serves year-round tourism marketing to the LGBTQ+ segment we represent. Information about IGLTA membership is available at www.iglta.org/join.
IGLTA Global Convention RFP
What Our Members Say About the IGLTA Convention
“i look forward to attending more in the future of the iglta’s meetings and seeing our mutual business grow with the various vendors, sponsors, and other agents.” - Mark Steward, owner & manager, Jet Set Tourism
“This was my first IGLTA convention and certainly not my last. I met so many great people and learned a lot, too.” - Gary Sanchez, Director of Public Affairs, VisitDallas
“IGLTA and the marketplace continue to be so powerful for my business. The relationships I’ve made have been essential to helping me curate experiences for my clients whether they be gay or not.” - Vincent Jones, CEO & Chief Experience Curator, Citizen Jones Travel
“The conference as a whole is run so well! It's so educational and such a great networking event. The IGLTA team really rocks, and I'm already partnering with some new companies I've met at the conference.” - Brian Mackey, Tour & Cruise Consultant, Cruise Planners
For questions and to submit interest, please contact Kristin.Gershengorn@iglta.org, Executive Assistant to the CEO, IGLTA.