IGLTA and European Travel Commission Sign Partnership to Strengthen Promotion of LGBT-Welcoming Tourism in Europe
Brussels, Belgium, 17 May – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 2016
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, the leading member-based global organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism, announced today its organizational partnership with the European Travel Commission, an association uniting 32 European national tourist offices with the aim of promoting Europe as a tourism destination in long-haul markets.
The announcement was timed in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual and gender diversity. IGLTA and ETC are committed to a world where all travelers feel welcome, regardless of their orientation or gender identity and share in the goal of strengthening the tourism industry at large.
“When you look at the timeline of LGBT-positive legislation and marriage equality, you see the majority of destinations paving the way are European,” says John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO. “We want to support our longtime tourism allies, and look forward to working more closely with the ETC in promoting LGBT-welcoming travel to the many diverse and interesting destinations throughout Europe.”
“Europe is a welcoming destination that embraces diversity, and ETC is working closely with its member NTOs to ensure that the European values of equality and tolerance are reflected in our image as a tourism destination,” said Eduardo Santander, Executive Director of ETC. “Our partnership with IGLTA is a pillar in our long-term strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.”