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Africa takes big step in trying to attract gay tourism

Africa takes big step in trying to attract gay tourism

The International Gay and Lesbian Association (IGLTA) has signed an agreement to become an association partner for World Travel Market Africa (WTM), an exhibition for Africa’s leisure travel industry.

IGLTA is a global travel network dedicated to connecting LGBTI travellers and the business that support and welcome them.

Through the partnership with WTM Africa, they hope to bring more education, awareness and visibility to LGBT travel in Africa where homosexuality is illegal in 36 countries.

IGLTA President and CEO John Tanzella said: ‘Africa has its challenges when it comes to LGBT issues, with many countries promoting anti-gay legislation in recent months.

‘Our partnership with WTM Africa is a wonderful opportunity to provide much-needed information on LGBT travel to the African tourism industry.’

He added: ‘Cape Town, well-known as the oasis of gay friendliness in Africa, is a beautiful destination and we’re looking forward to engaging with WTM Africa in 2015 and carrying that relationship forward.’”¨

Managing Director for Thebe Reed Exhibitions, Carol Weaving is delighted to have IGLTA on board for WTM Africa 2015 saying: ‘We’re looking forward to a successful partnership between IGLTA and WTM Africa this year and beyond.

‘WTM Africa is an excellent platform to further promote LGBT travel to and from Africa.’

The event will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 15-17 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.