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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association was founded in 1983 and is the world's leading network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses. We provide free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ tourism worldwide. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media located in over 75 countries.

  • Our Mission
  • The mission of IGLTA is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ travelers and expand LGBTQ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.

  • Our History
  • Founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of 25 travel agents and hotel owners, IGLTA has expanded exponentially as LGBT rights and visibility have grown around the world. The original name was IGTA; the "L" was added in 1997. Today, the association has a truly global presence with member businesses in more than 75 countries. IGLTA represents LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, and events, as well as the LGBT travel consumers they wish to serve.

  • IGLTA Travel History
  • Membership Categories
  • General Members

    • Accommodations (Hotels, Resorts, & Vacation Rentals)
    • Accommodation Booking Service
    • Airline
    • Association
    • Attraction
    • Business Services
    • Car Rental
    • Casino
    • Concierge Service
    • Cruise Line
    • CVB, Tourist Bureau
    • Event Planner
    • Ground Transportation
    • Internet Service
    • Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising
    • Publications/Publishers/Media
    • Tour Operator
    • Travel Agent
    • Travel Insurance
    • Wedding Coordinator
    • Yatching/Boating

    Associate Members

    • Art Gallery
    • Bar/Nightclub/Lounge
    • Chamber of Commerce/Business Guild
    • Doctor/Physician/Specialist
    • Entertainment
    • Fitness/Health Club
    • Gentleman’s Club/Spa
    • Hair Salon/Barber
    • LGBTQ Sport/Cultural Event
    • Pride Organization
    • Restaurant
    • Shopping/Retail
    • Theatre/Performing Arts
    • University/College/School
  • Membership Eligibility
  • IGLTA provides all members the ability to customize their travel experience and share it with others. Members will have access to planning tools to find trip ideas, business providers, events and specials from LGBTQ tourism-related businesses in 80+ countries. Business membership in IGLTA is open to all travel and travel-related businesses and professionals who wish to support the LGBTQ travel industry throughout the world.

    Click here to learn about business membership benefits and eligibility.

  • Governance
  • A Board of Directors governs the IGLTA, overseeing the organization's strategy and direction. Click here to read our bylaws. For the current and past issues of the Annual Report, click here.

  • IGLTA Staff
  • IGLTA has staff and representatives located throughout the world to help promote LGBTQ tourism and our members.

    Click here to view our Operations Team.

    Click here to view our Global Ambassadors.

  • Marketing Opportunities
  • IGLTA members have the ability to reach our growing number of traveler members and business members around the world. We currently have over 2400 member businesses in over 80 countries around the world.

    >>Email Blasts
    >>Commemorative Directory Ads
    >>Mobile App
    >>Web Banners
    >>Newsletter Ads & Sponsorships
    >>Brochure Distribution

    For in depth information, visit

    Questions? Contact our Marketing Department at [email protected] today!

    “Marketing the 2011 glbt travel expo tour through the IGLTA was enormously successful. This is a new event and I needed to get out the word to travel related companies throughout the world. By sponsoring the IGLTA newsletter, I was able to do that. As soon as the newsletter was sent out, I saw a four fold increase in traffic on my website. That was followed up by phone calls from companies who were interested in becoming exhibitors. My banner ads on the website were just as successful but the response more steady and long term.”

    Note that all marketing opportunities are available exclusively to existing IGLTA members only. IGLTA reserves the right to refuse any advertising piece(s).

  • Media & News
  • IGLTA represents its members globally and is often the source of information for LGBTQ travel-related articles. Click here for access to our press releases, news and media inquiries or contact our Media Relations Director, LoAnn Halden.
  • Past IGLTA Awards
  • IGLTA Annual Global Convention
  • Each year IGLTA hosts an Annual Global Convention and each year the location changes countries. Our convention is not only the largest of its kind, it is also the longest running. In 2016, we look forward to welcoming members of the tourism industry to Cape Town, South Africa as we celebrate our 33rd Anniversary.

    For more information about our Annual Convention, visit our dedicated convention site at

    Past & Future Convention Host Cities:

    2017 - St. Petersburg, USA (Convention Review)
    2016 - Cape Town, South Africa (Convention Review)
    2015 - Los Angeles, USA (Convention Review)
    2014 - Madrid, Spain (Convention Review)
    2013 - Chicago, USA
    2012 - Florianopolis, Brazil
    2011 - Fort Lauderdale, USA
    2010 - Antwerp, Belgium
    2009 - Toronto, Canada
    2008 - Las Vegas, USA
    2007 - Montreal, Canada
    2006 - Washington D.C., USA
    2005 - Cologne, Germany
    2004 - Vancouver, Canada
    2003 - Manchester, UK
    2002 - Fort Lauderdale, USA
    2001 - Munich, Germany
    2000 - San Francisco, USA
    1999 - Minneapolis, USA
    1998 - Montreal, Canada
    1997 - Philadelphia, USA
    1996 - Sydney, Australia
    1995 - Seattle, USA
    1994 - Washington D.C., USA
    1993 - West Hollywood, USA
    1992 - Provincetown, USA
    1991 - San Francisco, USA
    1990 - Key West, USA
    1989 - Vancouver, Canada
    1988 - Honolulu, USA
    1987 - New Orleans, USA
    1986 - Denver, USA
    1985 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
    1984 - San Francisco, USA

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