Estates General of European LGBTQ+ Tourism

The Estates General of European LGBTQ+ Tourism is an annual event, held each year in a different EU country, where the main players of the tourism industry meets to discuss inclusive tourism, new trends and the state of art of LGBTQ+ tourism in Europe. The event also includes a Marketplace and Fam/Press trips.

First Edition

LGBTQ+ Tourism generates an impressive impact on travel economy, beyond its value for inclusion and respect of diversities.

Entitled “Next Generation EU: Tourism as trailblazer for Economic and Social Sustainable Development“, the First edition of Estates General of European LGBTQ+ Tourism was held in April 2022 at Elfo Puccini Theatre in Milan. It focused on the state of art of this market in Europe, considering the European Union policy on sustainable and inclusive tourism and comparing the policies adopted by Public Tourist Boards as sample of EU Nations policies, in Works end with the realization of a shared manifesto, to be submitted to the International Convention of LGBTQ+ Tourism and addressing public/private institutions of EU countries.

The event was organized by AITGL – National Italian Board for LGBTQ+ Tourism, under the high Patronage of the European Parliament, of Milan Municipality, Confindustria Federturismo and IGLTA.

Programme

After the cut of the ribbon by the mayor of Milan – Bebbe Sala – and the institutional greetings of the AITGL’s President – Alessio Virgili, the director of regional department for Europe at UNWTO – Alessandra Priante, the ENIT President – Giorgio Palmucci, the Assolombarda attractiveness supply chain coordinator – Federico Chiarini and the Italian journalist, anchorman & science communicator – Alessandro Cecchi Paone, the first panel is started. 

Entitled “The European Union on Sustainable Tourism: a social and economic focus. Presentation of the European shared Manifesto, addressing travel inclusivity and accessibility“, the panel was held by:

  • Mario Furore – European Parliament representative of TRAN Commission and LGBTI Intergroup
  • Marina Lalli – President of Confindustria Federturismo 
  • Ivana Jelinic – President of Fiavet
  • Maria Carmela Colaiacovo – President of Confindustria Alberghi
  • Martina Riva – Deputy Mayor for Tourism of Milan
  • Magda Antonioli – Bocconi University and  Vice President European Travel Commission 
  • Clark Massad – Vice President & Global Partnerships of IGLTA 
  • Tim Fairhurst – Secretary General di European Tourism Association (ETOA)

After a coffee break, the event continued with a discussion about “LGBTQ+ European Market: Destinations Case Histories” conducted by Marianna di Salle from Bocconi University and with a round table on European LGBTQ+ Tourism where European Tourism Boards and CVBs verified and monitored the positioning of Europe in the world, compared with other Western Countries. The second was held by:

  • Maria Elena Rossi – Marketing Director of ENIT
  • Kyriaki Boulasidou – Director of Greek Tourism Board in Italy
  • Frederick Boutry  – Gay & Lesbian Mktg Advisor of Brussels Tourism Board 
  • Ester Tamasi – Director of Visit Malta Tourism Board in Italy
  • Isabel Garaña Corces – Director of Spain Tourism Board 
  • Eleni Sarikosta – Mktg Manager of Ionian Islands, Caldidian Peninsula & Central Macedonia
  • Kalanit Goren – Director of Israel Tourism Board
  • Elisabeth Ones – Director Tourism Innovation Norway Italy

The third and last panel was a discussion about “LGBTQ+ European Market: Diversity & Inclusion Protocol” conducted by Daniela Asaro, Head of Health & Well-Being Certification Strategic Center at RINA and Giovanna Ceccherini Sales Manager at Sonders&Beach.

Second Edition

The second edition of Estates General of European LGBTQ+ Tourism will be hosted in Brussels on May 16, 2024 at BIP Meeting Center (2, Rue Royale, Brussels)

Organized by ELTA – European LGBTQ+ Travel Alliance, under the high Patronage of the European Parliament, in collaboration with Visit Brussels, in partnership with IGLTA Foundation and with the support of Accor Hotels, easyJet, Sonders and Beach, Serravalle Designer Outlet and RailEurope, the event will include a Think Thank, three round tables with European Companies, Destinations and Institutions. It is a unique opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ tourism and correlated DE&I issues.

Programme

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08:30 AM – 09:00 AM

Welcoming participants

09:00 AM – 09:30 AM

Opening and welcome

Speakers:

  • Alessio Virgili – President of ELTA
  • Thomas Segretain – Policy Officer – European Commission (Tourism Unit -DG GROW)
  • Tatiana Veselova – Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Manager at European Travel Commission
  • Enrica Tomei – Vice Chair of the Board of ELTA

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Round Table 1 | Beyond Borders: Championing DE&I in European LGBTQ+ Travel

Speakers:

  • Clark Massad – Vice President – Global Partnerships IGLTA
  • Artur Lengyel – Founder of Q Travel Malta / ELTA Board
  • Eva Maria Lange – CEO and Founder of Pink Iceland
  • Marko Mihailović – Director of Pride Society, PR consultant
  • Zsolt Jordi Erdei – Founder & President Humen Association / Pink Budapest LGBTQ+ Tourism project

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Coffee Break 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Round Table 2 | Inclusive Destinations & Companies: Advancing LGBTQ Tourism Practices in Europe

Speakers:

    • Alessandra Priante – President of ENIT Spa
    • Erwin van der Graaf – Vice President Operations managed hotels Western Europe, premium, midscale, economy brands at Accor
    • Frederick Boutry – Diversity, Nightlife and Sports market advisor at VisitBrussels
    • Valentine Camusot – General Manager for Europe at Rail Europe
    • Daniele Rutigliano – Tourism Manager at McArthurglen Group
    • Giovanna Ceccherini – Sales Manager at Sonders&Beach

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Round Table 3 | Data analysis: LGBTQ+ European Travel Market 

Speakers:

  • Damiano Meola – Marketing Director at The Data Appeal Company
  • Luca Romozzi – Sr Director, Destinations EMEA & APAC at Sojern
  • Peter Jordan – Founder of Gen C Traveller
  • Philippe De Wulf – Head of VO Citizen

12:45 PM – 01:00 PM

Closing remarks and final greetings 

Keynote Speaker:

  • Alessandro Cecchi Paone – Testimonial LGBTQ+ Tourism

To follow a networking lunch.

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BIP Meeting Center - 2, Rue Royale, Brussels.

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Meet the Speakers

Our bench of speakers includes many industry experts. Join the event means get in touch with them, address important issues regarding the situation of LGBTQ+ Tourism in Europe and discover how businesses operate on DE&I policies.

Alessandra Priante

President of ENIT Spa

Alessio Virgili

President of ELTA

Clark Massad

Vice President & Global Partnerships IGLTA

Artur Lengyel

Founder of Q Travel Malta

Thomas Segretain

Policy Officer- European Commission (Tourism Unit -DG GROW)

Daniele Rutigliano

Tourism Manager at McArthurglen Group

Giovanna Ceccherini

Managing Director at Sonders&Beach

Frederick Boutry

Diversity, Nightlife and Sports market advisor at VisitBrussels

Enrica Tomei

Vice Chair of the Board of ELTA

Luca Romozzi

Sr Director, Destinations EMEA & APAC at Sojern

Valentine Camusot

General Manager Europe at Rail Europe

Eva Maria Lange

CEO and Founder of Pink Iceland

Erwin van der Graaf

Vice President Operations managed hotels Western Europe, premium, midscale, economy brands at Accor

Zsolt Jordi Erdei

Founder & President Humen Association / Pink Budapest LGBTQ+ Tourism project

Damiano Meola

Marketing Director at The Data Appeal Company

Marko Mihailović

Director of Pride Society, PR consultant

Peter Jordan

Founder of Gen C Traveller

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It is not possible to host several seminars in different locations without helping hands. We have several sponsors who volunteer to help us physically and financially to make things happen.

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