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 organisation 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.