About us

Who we are

ELTA - European LGBTQ+ Travel Alliance AISBL is an association based in Brussels which aims to attract LGBTQ+ Tourism to Europe.

The ELTA founding process dates back to Estates General of European LGBTQ+ Tourism which were held in April 2022 at Elfo Puccini Theatre in Milan. Organized by AITGL – National Italian Board for LGBTQ+ Tourism, under the high Patronage of the European Parliament, the event was inaugurated by the mayor of Milan, Bebbe Sala. Based in Brussels and founded by AITGL, ELTA – European LGBTQ+ Travel Alliance aims to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the travel industry, to advocate with European Institutions, support local companies and destinations. It was announced during the 38th IGLTA Convention in Milan by Alessio Virgili, the President of AITGL:

Rights, like democracy and freedom, must never be taken for granted. Many battles of the past have allowed us to achieve success in terms of freedom of abortion, civil rights, euthanasia and others. Often, we had the business world on our side: It’s our responsibility, to use any tool we have, to defend those achievements. Social sustainability is finally a major issue on the agenda of European institutions and finance:  the ESG criteria, for example, which address attention to vital challenges. Today, however, unfortunately, we are seeing winds of regression in the field of rights in many parts of the world and never as nowadays we must remain vigilant. It was during the European States General of LGBTQ + Tourism held in Milan last April,  attended by over 15 countries and by preventatives of the European Parliament, that it was underlined how, after 70 years from  World War Two, we are experiencing  the invasion of Ukraine by Russia,  as well as the ongoing  opposition against gay prides in Western Nations, not to forget  what is happening in Bulgaria and Poland, where sovereign oppressive  winds are signs that not even Europe is exempt from these risks. We feel the urgency of defending and challenge back possible new winds of prejudice.This is why I am pleased to announce here today, dear friends, that together with a good number of EU tourism bodies, such as Bruxelles CVB and ENIT – Italian national Tourist Board, and on the proposal of AITGL – Italian LGBTQ Travel Association, we have just founded the European LGBTQ + Travel Alliance.” 

Board of Directors

Elected members

Matteo Finotto

PR & Public Affairs Senior Manager Southern Europe - EasyJet

CHAIR

Enrica Tomei

D&I & Employer Branding Manager MED Region - Accor Hotels

VICE CHAIR

Carlotta Ferrari

Director of Destination Florence CVB | President of Convention Bureau Italia

BOARD MEMBER

Anthony Briffa

Marketing manager - Malta Tourism Authority

BOARD MEMBER

Artùr Lengyel

Founder of Q Travel Malta

BOARD MEMBER

Maria Teresa Cantù

Head of membership Marketing & ESG - BWH Hotels Italy

BOARD MEMBER

Ex Officio Board Members/Founders

Alessio Virgili

Representative of Sonders and Beach

PRESIDENT OF ELTA

Andrea Cosimi

Representative of QMagazine

BOARD MEMBER

Giovanna Ceccherini

Representative of AITGL - National Italian Board for LGBTQ+ Tourism

BOARD MEMBER

Show your support to LGBTQ+ community

Show your support to the LGBTQ tourism as an ally who wants to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the travel industry.

Joining ELTA means to be part of a European think tank for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the travel industry all around Europe. CVBs, Associations or Companies can benefit of:

Only for CVB’s:

Who can be an ELTA member

GENERAL MEMBER
CVB’s, Travel Companies and Associations based in the European Union can be General Member and the membership is free.

They have all the rights including to vote and the only obligation is to attend at least one annual online meeting

SUPPORTER MEMBER
CVB’s, Travel Companies and Associations based outside the European Union can be Supporter Member. This is a paid membership.

They don’t have the right to vote.

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