The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 29th Annual Global Convention, held 12-14 April, in Florianopolis, Brazil, was its largest conference to date outside of North America.
More than 260 participants from 23 countries united at IGLTA’s first South American convention for three days of networking, education, and an introduction to the association’s new board of directors. The convention also highlighted the launch of the new IGLTA website and its nonprofit Foundation for LGBT Tourism.
The 2012-2013 board members of IGLTA are:
Chair: Tanya Churchmuch, Tourism Montreal
Vice Chair: Jeff Guaracino, Atlantic City Alliance
Secretary: Dan Melesurgo, American Society of Association Executives
Treasurer: Ed Salvato, Travel Journalist
Marta Dalla Chiesa, Brazil Ecojourneys
Mya Lake Reyes, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Steve Smith, Key West Business Guild
*Pablo De Luca, Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Argentina/GNetwork360
*Gail Swift, Hilton Worldwide
Rika Jean-Francois, ITB Berlin (Appointee)
* indicates first-time board members