Top LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Conferences for 2017

Every year, the number of hotels, destinations, tour operators and other folks in the travel & hospitality field who attend LGBT tourism conferences around the world continues to grow.  Some of the top events for 2017 include:

3nd Annual Symposium on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality – Hawaii/Pacific Islands
Thursday February 9, 2017, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Honolulu
A Productive Session of Education and Networking: Research, Insights, Strategies and Case Studies
Sponsored in part by IGLTA, Hawaiian Airlines and the Sheraton Hotel Waikiki

IGLTA Convention – St. Petersburg, Florida
May 4-6, 2017
The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism professionals. The 34th 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.

Tourism & Hospitality Symposium + Symposium on Latin American LGBT Business, Tourism & Hospitality
May 15-19, 2017 (Tourism event on Tuesday, May 16, 2017) @ Google NYC
In partnership with IGLTA… Tap into the expanding and diversifying LGBT tourism and hospitality marketplace.
This dynamic half-day conference offers all new content featuring industry leader case studies, along with a review of Community Marketing & Insights’ latest LGBT research and best practices training. We’ll cover advertising, marketing & technology concepts that relate directly to LGBT travel. Ideal for tourism offices, CVBs, DMOs, hospitality groups, hotels, tour operators, meeting planners, retailers and more.

GNetwork 360
August 15-18, 2017 in Buenos Aires
The premiere LGBT tourism & business conference in Latin America

LGBT Confex 2017 CDMX
September 29-30, 2017 @ Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
LGBT Tourism & Business conference held in Mexico every year, with early events held in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.  This event has evolved into both a tourism & business conference, and continues to grow ever year.

18th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality
November 1-3, 2017 in San Francisco
Don’t miss the LGBT tourism & hospitality industry’s premiere destination for market education, networking and fun!
Over 30 speakers! The tourism industry’s premiere marketing, sales, public relations and research forum to help you reach LGBT travelers.
Every year, CMI brings together leading tourism professionals to learn about the gay and lesbian market from the experts – the people behind the success stories. Perfect for marketing and sales executives of tourism boards, CVBs, DMOs, accommodations, tour operators, events, agencies and meeting planners.

In addition, there are more and more LGBT meet-ups and gatherings, both formal and informal, at Meeting & Event Planner conferences, including the event hosted by the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBTMPA) in Austin, Texas yesterday, in conjunction with the PCMA Annual Conference being held there this week. Attendees included folks from MGM Resorts, Microsoft, Cincinnati CVB, Caesers Entertainment, Hilton Hotels and the Indianapolis CVB.

At some of the major tourism expositions held throughout the world, LGBT pavilions, as well as educational tracks, continue to grow.  Some of these top exhibitions include the Pink Pavilion at ITB in Berlin, as well as similar setups at World Travel Mart in London, FITUR in Madrid (with 2017 being hailed as the World Pride Madrid Edition), Spain, and Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco, Mexico.  There is also a strong LGBT contingent at the various TBEX travel blogger conferences and conventions held throughout the year, including the upcoming event in Jerusalem, where the folks from TwoBadTourists.com and Outfluential.com will be in attendance.

Stay tuned, as we’re sure this list will continue to grow in the months ahead!

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  1. Mark your calendars! Community Marketing & Insights @LGBTinsights has just signed a contract! Join us and industry friends and colleagues for our 18th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality @CMItourism, San Francisco, November 1-3, 2017. Details to be posted soon!

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