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2017 Tourism Scholarships for future leaders in LGBT travel

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

igltaThe IGLTA Foundation is offering scholarships to attend the 34th Annual Global Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in St. Petersburg, Florida, 3-6 May 2017. Now in its fifth year, the Building Bridges Scholarship Program was created to support the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism professionals.


This year’s program will cover travel to St. Petersburg as well as accommodations and conference registration for the four-day event. The scholarships are open to applicants worldwide who are either students enrolled in a tourism-related program or LGBT small business owners in destinations without a well-established LGBT tourism infrastructure.

“The scholarship program to attend the annual IGLTA convention for deserving students and emerging business professionals passionate about LGBT tourism is one of the cornerstone objectives of the Foundation’s focus,” said Gary Murakami, CMP, CMM, Chair of the IGLTA Foundation Board. “It provides these individuals an unparalleled opportunity to connect and to learn from leaders in the community who are on the forefront in advancing LGBT global tourism.”

Scholarship recipients participate in all convention networking and educational sessions, ensuring they return home with the resources to further their careers and build their businesses. Previous scholarship winners have come from Brazil, Colombia, China, Curacao, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Suriname and the United States.

“Receiving the IGLTA scholarship was an unique opportunity for me as newly established company within the LGBT travel industry,” said Vidar Nilsen, founder of the Oslo-based travel agency Travelberry, who attended this year’s IGLTA conference in Cape Town, South Africa. “With no need to explain about the customer segment and just getting directly into talking about a possible future cooperation, it made everything much easier.”

To apply online before the 18 November deadline, please visit iglta.org/convention.

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