The International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) recently signed an agreement to become an association partner for World Travel Market Africa (WTM) 2015, a key business-to-business exhibition for Africa’s leisure travel industry.
WTM Africa will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 15 -17 April 2015, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Through this partnership, IGLTA, the leading global organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourism, would like to bring more education, awareness, and visibility to LGBT travel in Africa and help our business members better connect with the African tourism industry in the near future.
In 2016, IGLTA will hold its Annual Global Convention in Cape Town and this will be the first time this premier educational and networking event will be held in an African city.
“Africa has its challenges when it comes to LGBT issues, with many countries promoting anti-gay legislation in recent months. Our partnership with WTM Africa is a wonderful opportunity to provide much-needed information on LGBT travel to the African tourism industry,” says IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “Cape Town, well-known as the oasis of gay friendliness in Africa, is a beautiful destination and we’re looking forward to engaging with WTM Africa in 2015 and carrying that relationship forward.”
Managing Director for Thebe Reed Exhibitions, Carol Weaving is delighted to have IGLTA on board for WTM Africa 2015 saying, “We’re looking forward to a successful partnership between IGLTA and WTM Africa this year and beyond. WTM Africa is an excellent platform to further promote LGBT travel to and from Africa.”
WTM Africa is a must-attend business-to-business travel and tourism event that during its inaugural showcase in 2014, saw an extensive variety of top travel industry exhibitors, international buyers as well as large volumes of trade visitors and industry professionals from around the world. WTM Africa forms part of Africa Travel Week which comprises of three co-located industry events namely International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa, International Business Travel Market (IBTM) and WTM Africa.
WTM Africa forms part of the international WTM portfolio. World Travel Market, which takes place in London each year, is a permanent fixture in the global travel industry’s calendar, attracting the world’s most influential buyers. Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo and WTM Africa in Cape Town are all the leading events in their regions, running hugely successful exhibitions and travel trade networking sessions.
The International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the association signed on to ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. The association’s membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 75 countries. For more information: www.iglta.org and follow us at www.facebook.com/IGLTA or www.twitter.com/iglta
About Africa Travel Week
Africa Travel Week comprises three co-located shows – WTM Africa, IBTM Africa and ILTM Africa – encompassing Africa’s inbound and outbound markets for general leisure travel, luxury tourism, and the MICE/business travel sector under RTE’s established portfolios of WTM (World Travel Market), ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) and IBTM (Incentives, Business Travel&Meetings).
Dates for Africa Travel Week (#africatravelweek) 2015 are:
• ILTM Africa (www.iltm.com/africa): 13-15 April 2015
• IBTM Africa (www.ibtmevents.com/IBTM-Africa): 13 – 15 April 2015
• WTM Africa (www.wtmafrica.com): 15 – 17 April 2015
About World Travel Market Africa
WTM Africa in Cape Town, South Africa attracts more than 3,000 of the most senior executives interested in the African travel industry. ?314 million of new business was conducted at the inaugural event in 2014 between almost 400 exhibitors and almost 300 buyers, thanks in part to 5,353 pre-scheduled business appointments.
WTM Africa is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s WTM Portfolio of events, which also includes World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market Africa.