ACVB becomes third IGTLA Silver Global Partner

Jul 3, 2013 by

ACVB becomes third IGTLA Silver Global Partner

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Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau became the third Silver Global Partner with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association representatives announced July 1.

Atlanta joins Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. as the third U.S. destination to partner with IGTLA.

IGLTA is the leading member-based LGBT tourism organization representing LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, agents, tour operators, and events as well as travel consumers around the world.

Celebrating 100 years of hospitality and tourism to Atlanta, ACVB welcomes visitors to the city endearingly nicknamed Hotlanta.

The partnership gives Atlanta the opportunity to tap into a global network of successful businesses that support LGBT tourism and an international database of more than 2,000 LGBT travelers in more than 80 countries around the world, according to the news release.

“ILGTA provides a great service to the LGBT community and we believe our association will increase the number of visitors from this important travel segment,” says William Pate, president and CEO of the ACVP, pointing out that the partnership will give the bureau the opportunity to “keep LGBT travelers up-to-date on the exciting developments in Atlanta’s hospitality community.”

Johnn Tanzella, president and CEO of IGLTA agrees.

“Our global partners and members who are not yet familiar with this cosmopolitan, progressive and gay-friendly destination in the southeastern United States will be pleasantly surprised,” he says, excited about the partnership. “The city has many LGBT neighborhoods, superb dining and shopping, and world-class attractions – plus it’s brimming with the southern hospitality that has made this part of the country famous.”

Atlanta is the home of Peach, the all-woman party October 11 – 13 produced by Pandora Events during Atlanta Pride, one of the largest Pride festivals in the nation, and ranks 10th for lesbian destinations, according to the 17th Annual LGBT Travel Survey produced by Community Marketing and Insights.

The Advocate also voted Atlanta as one of the gayest cities in the U.S. and it was recently highlighted as a top travel destination for gay families in Passport Magazine.

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