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IGLTA cancels global convention for May 2020

March 10th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

Travel Daily MediaThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) announced the postponement of its annual global convention due to the current threat with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The convention was scheduled to take place in Milan, Italy, from 6-9 May, 2020, but the association said it will push the event to September or October this year.

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International LGBTQ+ Travel Association Postpones 2020 Global Convention in Milan

March 9th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

ftnNEWS – The IGLTA Board of Directors released the following statement about the postponement of their Annual Global Convention in 2020 in Milan.

“There are no more resilient, intrepid and confident travel leaders anywhere in the world than in the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association.

Therefore, we are determined to host our Annual Global Convention in 2020 in Milan. At the same time, we must be prudent and sensitive to health and safety precautions and to the actual conditions on the ground. We have decided to postpone our convention in Milan until this September/October.

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Coronavirus: IGLTA postpones Milan conference

March 6th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

TRAVEL WEEKLY – The coronavirus outbreak has forced the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) to postpone its annual global convention, which was due to be held in Milan on May 6-9.

Italy is the worst-hit country in Europe and the Italian government has taken measures to isolate 10 towns in the north.

It has also ordered school and university closures throughout Italy and all sporting fixtures will be played behind closed doors.

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It’s Maine’s birthday but you get the gift of a deal, plus TSA-approved skincare

March 5th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

BOSTON GLOBE – VATICAN MUSEUMS UNTOLD HISTORIES TOUR

Discover the true history about famous artists of the past through a new tour offered by Quiiky, an Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian tourism. The three-hour “Vatican Museum In a Gay and Lesbian Light” tour looks at the numerous artworks referencing male homosexuality, including hidden secrets about the private life of Michelangelo; the little-known tomb of Queen Christina of Sweden, a declared lesbian who is buried in St. Peter’s Basilica; and The Parnassus fresco, painted by Raffaello Sanzio, depicting Sappho, the ancient Greek female poet who is considered the first lesbian poet.

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Nine of the proudest LGBT products on the market

February 10th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

TTG – From the US to Australia and everything in between, there are places to celebrate the LGBT community all over the world. Here, TTG rounds up the  latest LGBT-friendly product news.

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LGBTQ-friendly Rome

February 4th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

TRAVEL WEEKLY – When you think of LGBTQ-friendly tourism in Europe, several destinations probably come to mind right away: Amsterdam, given that the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage; Reykjavik, known for its Pride festivals and lively, inclusive nightlife — not to mention the world’s first openly gay prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, in 2009; and a host of other destinations, like Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin, just to name a few.

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Press Release FITUR 2020

January 24th, 2020 Posted by Press Releases No Comment yet

“MILANO LOVES YOU”

The final international conference stage in FITUR, before

IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Milan, 6-9 May, 2020

 Promoting committee for IGLTA 2020, City of Milan

 In cooperation with ENIT- Italian National Tourist Board

Welcomes you

 On Wednesday 22 January at 5:30 pm, Gran Plaza – Area LGTB – Pavilion 3

IFEMA – Fair of Madrid

Madrid, January 2020 – Milan is getting ready to host the 37th IGLTA Global Convention (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) for LGBTQ+ tourism, which returns to Europe after 5 years. It will take place May 6-9 2020 and will bring together international tour operators, hotels, travel agents, journalists and influencers. The Convention includes training sessions, networking, a B2B marketplace and charity events. A special opportunity—meaning that ‘Milan belongs to everyone’—it is completely inclusive and also showcases Italy as a welcoming destination for LGBTQ+ travellers.

The collaboration between the public and private sector’, Roberta Guaineri, Milan Municipality Coucilor for Tourism says, ‘is extremely important to promote hospitality without harassment. Tourism has so many declinations: family tourism, sport tourism, health, religious tourism, just to name a few. They are not differentiating categories, nay they give different responses to different needs. We are committed to make Milan a wholly welcoming city, being able to meet every traveller’s request. The IGLTA Convention is a fundamental step in that direction’.

 ‘This is a high-spending target’, – Alessio Virgili, IGLTA Italian Ambassador, President & Founder of AITGL and President of the promoting committee for IGLTA 2020 says. ‘2.7 billion Euros are generated by LGBTQ+ travellers in Italy and US$65 billion in the US. Italy could no longer afford to miss the opportunity to be part of this tourism segment.

For this reason, I am proud to have obtained, after years, the candidacy of an Italian city to host the IGLTA convention.  I have to thank the support of important partners such as the Municipality of Milan, ENIT, the US Consulate in Milan, Fiera Milano.  I am also excited to announce that FIAVET has joined both IGLTA and AITGL – Italian LGBTQ+ Tourism Association as a member; this too is a source of pride for having managed to most important Italian Association of Travel Agencies to be part of our family.

The forecast for May 2020 is that Milan will host the largest IGLTA Convention held outside of the United States. The economic impact it may generate represents a catalyst for the touristic growth of Milan and of Italy, with the potential to produce up to US$2 million in ancillary income for the city in a four-day convention. Alessio Virgili says

‘Enit’s strategic plan includes training and education for all territories, in order to forge hospitality with targeted services for each specific travel demand. Local institutions are ready and active to potentiate gay-friendly tour destinations with a new sense of hospitality and proposition, in order to attract investments and big events. The LGBTQ+ target helps differentiate and deseasonalize the market and to tackle overtourism. LGBTQ+ tourism is growing and it is definitely acknowedged as a major vehicle of economic development. LGBTQ+ tourists are more than 35 million, UNWTO states. They travel more frequently and can spend more than the average. It has been calculated that the world expense generated by this market is beyond US$ 211 billion per year’ Giorgio Palmucci, Enit President says.

‘Italy has long been a top destination for tourism, but the LGBTQ+ community in Italy is more visible and active then ever before, and there is great potential for growth in the LGBTQ+ tourism sector. We look forward to bringing our global tourism business convention to Milan for the first time in May 2020 and providing education and networking that will help Italy to better connect with LGBTQ+ travelers, John Tanzella, President/CEO IGLTA says.

We are working on a new destination management plan for LGBTQ+ tourism, the first for Italy, in order to target this market. It is based on three cornerstones: the creation of a dedicated tour offer, training for tour operators on gay marketing and diversity management, and finally the realization of a digital B2C platform, combining the LGBTQ+ targeted offer with the implementation of a digital communication strategy’, Andrea Cosimi, COO Sonders and Beach Italia, says.

MILANO LOVES YOU, the site event about IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Milan, 6-9 May 2020, will take place On Wednesday 22 January at 5:30 pm, Gran Plaza – Area LGTB – Pavilion 3 at IFEMA – Fair of Madrid. Spekears attending are: Roberta Guaineri, Deputy Mayor for Tourism, Sport and Quality of Life, Municipality if Milan, Alessio Virgili, CEO of AITGL Italian Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and IGLTA Italian Ambassador,AUSTON MATTA Consumer Marketing Manager of IGLTA, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Associatio

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Milan Municipality:

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Enit in Madrid

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LGBTQ Italian Travel Agent Offers Lesbian Twist to Vatican Museums Tour as Part of New 2020 Program

January 20th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

LOTL – Quiiky LGBTQ Italia Travel is a subsidiary of Sonders&Beach, a global network of brands in the travel and hospitality industry with offices in the U.S. and Italy and more than 100 employees worldwide.

The first Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian tourism, Quiiky provides comprehensive, 24-hour service and superior customer support by drawing upon their extensive network of gay-friendly hotels, vendors, knowledgeable tour guides, and relationships with many of the local LGBTQ communities.

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Italian LGBTQ Tour Specialist Adds Lesbian Tour

January 15th, 2020 Posted by Press Review No Comment yet

CURVE – Quiiky LGBTQ Italia Travel is a subsidiary of Sonders&Beach, a global network of brands in the travel and hospitality industry with offices in the U.S. and Italy and more than 100 employees worldwide.

The first Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian tourism, Quiiky provides comprehensive, 24-hour service and superior customer support by drawing upon their extensive network of gay-friendly hotels, vendors, knowledgeable tour guides, and relationships with many of the local LGBTQ communities.

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Press Release WTM 2019

November 5th, 2019 Posted by Press Releases No Comment yet

“MILANO LOVES YOU” – THE IGLTA ANNUAL GLOBAL CONVENTION IN MILAN, 6-9 MAY, 2020

– London, November 2019 – Milan is getting ready to host the 37th IGLTA Global Convention (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) for LGBTQ+ tourism, which returns to Europe after 5 years. It will take place May 6-9 2020 and will bring together international tour operators, hotels, travel agents, journalists and influencers. The Convention includes training sessions, networking, a B2B marketplace and charity events. A special opportunity — meaning that “Milan belongs to everyone” — it is completely inclusive and also showcases Italy as a welcoming destination for LGBTQ+ travellers.

The collaboration between the public and private sector’, Roberta Guaineri, Milan Municipality Coucilor for Tourism says, ‘is extremely important to promote hospitality without harassment. Tourism has so many declinations: family tourism, sport tourism, health, religious tourism, just to name a few. They are not differentiating categories, nay they give different responses to different needs. We are committed to make Milan a wholly welcoming city, being able to meet every traveller’s request. The IGLTA Convention is a fundamental step in that direction”.

 “This is a high-spending target’, – Alessio Virgili, IGLTA Italian Ambassador, President & Founder of AITGL and President of the promoting committee for IGLTA 2020 says2.7 billion Euros are generated by LGBTQ+ travellers in Italy and US$65 billion in the US. Italy could no longer afford to miss the opportunity to be part of this tourism segment. For this reason, I am proud to have obtained, after years, the candidacy of an Italian city to host the IGLTA convention.  I have to thank the support of important partners such as the Municipality of Milan, ENIT, the US Consulate in Milan, Fiera Milano and the UNA Hotels Group.  I am also excited to announce that today the latter has joined AITGL – Italian LGBTQ+ Tourism Association as a member; this too is a source of pride for having managed to have the most important Italian hotel group to be part of our family. The forecast for May 2020 is that Milan will host the largest IGLTA Convention held outside of the United States. The economic impact it may generate represents a catalyst for the touristic growth of Milan and of Italy, with the potential to produce up to US$2 million in ancillary income for the city in a four-day convention.

“Enit’s strategic plan includes training and education for all territories, in order to forge hospitality with targeted services for each specific travel demand. Local institutions are ready and active to potentiate gay-friendly tour destinations with a new sense of hospitality and proposition, in order to attract investments and big events. The LGBTQ+ target helps differentiate and deseasonalize the market and to tackle overtourism. LGBTQ+ tourism is growing and it is definitely acknowedged as a major vehicle of economic development. LGBTQ+ tourists are more than 35 million, UNWTO states. They travel more frequently and can spend more than the average. It has been calculated that the world expense generated by this market is beyond US$ 211 billion per year”, Giorgio Palmucci, Enit President says.

“We are pleased to be part of AITGL – Italian LGBTQ+ Tourism Association, an association with which we share the fundamental value of hospitality and the will to create virtuous synergies to promote Italy as tourist destination. As a first step in our collaboration, next year UNAHOTELS Expo Fiera Milano, one of our leading property for the meeting industry, will host the 37th IGLTA World Convention. Hosting the important event that in 2020 will turn the world spotlight on the city of Milan, has a particular meaning in relation to this initiative aimed at promoting the warm hospitality of our country towards all types of Italian and international travelers. This mission is especially summarized in our payoff “Italian hospitality is UNA”, Daniele Mereu, Head of Hotels at Gruppo UNA says.

“Italy has long been a top destination for tourism, but the LGBTQ+ community in Italy is more visible and active then ever before, and there is great potential for growth in the LGBTQ+ tourism sector. We look forward to bringing our global tourism business convention to Milan for the first time in May 2020 and providing education and networking that will help Italy to better connect with LGBTQ+ travelers”, John Tanzella, President/CEO IGLTA says.

We are working on a new destination management plan for LGBTQ+ tourism, the first for Italy, in order to target this market. It is based on three cornerstones: the creation of a dedicated tour offer, training for tour operators on gay marketing and diversity management, and finally the realization of a digital B2C platform, combining the LGBTQ+ targeted offer with the implementation of a digital communication strategy”, Andrea Cosimi, COO Sonders and Beach Italia, says.

Further Info:

PR & Press Office

[email protected]

Milan Municipality:

[email protected]