The Worldwide Homosexual & Lesbian Journey Affiliation (IGLTA), the main member-based international group devoted to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender tourism, on Tuesday introduced its organizational partnership with the European Journey Fee (ETC) in an goal to strengthen LGBT (lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender) tourism in Europe.
The ETC is an affiliation uniting 32 European nationwide vacationer workplaces with the goal of selling Europe as a tourism vacation spot in long-haul markets.
The announcement was timed in honor of the Worldwide Day In opposition to Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender variety, on Might 17.
Each associations agree they’re dedicated to a world the place “all vacationers really feel welcome”, no matter their orientation or gender identification and share within the aim of strengthening the tourism trade at massive.
“Once you have a look at the timeline of LGBT-positive laws and marriage equality, you see the vast majority of locations paving the best way are European,” mentioned John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO.
“We wish to assist our longtime tourism allies, and stay up for working extra carefully with the ETC in selling LGBT-welcoming journey to the numerous numerous and attention-grabbing locations all through Europe”, he added.
On his half, the chief director of ETC, Eduardo Santander, underlined that Europe is a welcoming vacation spot that embraces variety.
“The ETC is working carefully with its member NTOs to make sure that the European values of equality and tolerance are mirrored in our picture as a tourism vacation spot”, he mentioned.
“Our partnership with IGLTA is a pillar in our long-term technique to boost the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.”