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35th Annual Global Convention

Canada has been host to this prestigious annual convention several times in the past, including Vancouver in 1989, Montreal in 1998, Vancouver in 2004, and Toronto in 2009. Toronto will once again be host city for the 35th IGLTA Annual Global Convention, May 9 – 12, 2018.

“The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ tourism professionals. The 35th edition of the conference will connect gay, lesbian and gay friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions.”

“Founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of 25 travel agents and hotel owners, IGLTA has expanded exponentially as LGBTQ rights and visibility has 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 80 countries. IGLTA represents LGBTQ and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, and events, as well as the LGBTQ travel consumers they wish to serve.”

Highlights will include one day of Pre-Convention events, with a Buyer/Supplier Marketplace and luncheon, followed by a three day full convention schedule. Day One will include Association announcements and reports, a Networking Luncheon, General Session, Educational Breakout Sessions, and the official Opening Session, where many long-time members can reconnect with fellow members they have known over the years, as well as meet newcomers and first time attendees. Day Two will continue with General Sessions, a Networking Luncheon, Media Networking, and a Night Out on the Town. Day Three will include Educational Breakout Sessions, a General Session with closing remarks, and the final Closing Reception, before delegates head back home, around the world. www.iglta.org/convention 

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