The Annual Global Convention by The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, which initially scheduled for Milan, Italy, from May 6-9, 202 now postponed to fall.
The association has decided to host its 37th Annual Global Convention in 2020 in Milan. Additionally, the statement released from the IGLTA Board of Directors states that, rather than the International LGBTO+ Travel Association, there are no more resilient, bold, and confident travel leaders anywhere in the world.
The statement also added that they are determined to host their Annual Global Convention in 2020 in Milan. At the same time, they must be sensitive to health and safety precautions and the actual conditions on the ground. They have decided to postpone their convention in Milan until its September / October.
However, they must give all the participants time to prepare and also believe firmly in the resilience of travel and want to be part of the industry’s recovery when coronavirus has been contained with confidence.
According to the IGLTA President/ CEO, John Tanzella, to win the bid for 2020, Milan went through a very involved RFP process. So their focus was on their commitment to their selected host city.
Their members and partners have put an enormous amount of effort into bringing IGLTA’s convention to Italy for the first time as they want to support tourism recovery in Milan and Italy.
Colleagues in the Italian government, tourism sector, and local LGBTQ+ organizations were part of the discussion throughout the process as per Tanzella said that IGLTA drove the decision.
Tanzella said that to make their participants plan accordingly, they knew that they need to make a call promptly. Most messages that the association received questioning the decision about whether or not to move forward as some IGLTA had some delegates expressing concern about travelling to Milan in May.