United Airlines, an official sponsor of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Global Convention, welcomes tourism professionals from more than 20 countries as they meet in Chicago for the organization's 30th annual event May 2 – 4.
IGLTA, one of the world's leading travel networks, is dedicated to connecting and educating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way.
"With more than 85,000 co-workers from around the world, United proudly celebrates the richness of not just our employees' diverse backgrounds, but our customers' too," said Dave Hilfman , United's senior vice president of worldwide sales, during the IGLTA press conference today at the Willis Tower Skydeck. "As we say, diversity flies with us. And United is honored to sponsor IGLTA's convention in Chicago this year."
The airline has a long-standing relationship with IGLTA spanning more than 10 years.
This sponsorship aligns with United's commitment to create a work environment where all its employees across the world feel included and empowered to make a measurable difference in its success. United offers policies, programs, benefits, privileges and recognition designed to reward and support the success of its diverse workforce.Earlier this year, Equality Illinois named United 2013 Business Leader of the Year for its LGBT policies. In 2012, United received a perfect score for the fifth consecutive year on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that ranks top companies on their policies regarding LGBT employees.