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IGLTA partners with World Travel Market Africa 2015

IGLTA partners with World Travel Market Africa 2015 (Forimmediaterelease.net) The International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) recently signed an agreement to become an association partner for World Travel Market Africa (WTM) 2015, a key business-to-business exhibition for Africa’s leisure travel industry. WTM Africa will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 15 -17 April 2015, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Through this partnership, IGLTA, the leading global organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourism, would like to bring more education, awareness, and visibility to LGBT travel in Africa and help our business members better connect with the African tourism industry in the near future.

In 2016, IGLTA will hold its Annual Global Convention in Cape Town and this will be the first time this premier educational and networking event will be held in an African city.

“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,” says IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “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.”

WTM Africa is a must-attend business-to-business travel and tourism event that during its inaugural showcase in 2014, saw an extensive variety of top travel industry exhibitors, international buyers as well as large volumes of trade visitors and industry professionals from around the world. WTM Africa forms part of Africa Travel Week which comprises of three co-located industry events namely International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa, International Business Travel Market (IBTM) and WTM Africa.

WTM Africa forms part of the international WTM portfolio. World Travel Market, which takes place in London each year, is a permanent fixture in the global travel industry’s calendar, attracting the world’s most influential buyers. Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo and WTM Africa in Cape Town are all the leading events in their regions, running hugely successful exhibitions and travel trade networking sessions.

About IGLTA

The International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the association signed on to ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. The association’s membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 75 countries. For more information: www.iglta.org and follow us at www.facebook.com/IGLTA or www.twitter.com/iglta

About Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week comprises three co-located shows – WTM Africa, IBTM Africa and ILTM Africa - encompassing Africa’s inbound and outbound markets for general leisure travel, luxury tourism, and the MICE/business travel sector under RTE’s established portfolios of WTM (World Travel Market), ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) and IBTM (Incentives, Business Travel&Meetings).

Dates for Africa Travel Week (#africatravelweek) 2015 are:

• ILTM Africa (www.iltm.com/africa): 13-15 April 2015
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• IBTM Africa (www.ibtmevents.com/IBTM-Africa): 13 – 15 April 2015
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• WTM Africa (www.wtmafrica.com): 15 – 17 April 2015
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About World Travel Market Africa

WTM Africa in Cape Town, South Africa attracts more than 3,000 of the most senior executives interested in the African travel industry. £314 million of new business was conducted at the inaugural event in 2014 between almost 400 exhibitors and almost 300 buyers, thanks in part to 5,353 pre-scheduled business appointments.

WTM Africa is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s WTM Portfolio of events, which also includes World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market Africa.

www.wtmworld.com

About World Travel Market (WTM)

World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.

Almost 52,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL - London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.

WTM, now in its 36th year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals. WTM 2014 will generate around £2.5 billion of travel industry contracts.

World Travel Market is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s WTM portfolio, which also includes Arabian Travel Market, World Travel Market Latin America and World Travel Market Africa. www.wtmworld.com

WTM Portfolio

The World Travel Market Portfolio is comprised of the leading leisure travel events in the world; World Travel Market in London, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo, WTM Africa in Cape Town and Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

The WTM Portfolio’s events are attended by the global travel and tourism industry’s senior executives to conduct business deals and discover the latest research, insight and opinion.

In 2014, the WTM Portfolio facilitated around $7 billion in industry deals from negotiations between the more than 15,000 buyers, 9,500 exhibitors (1,500 main stand holders and 8,000 stand sharers) in attendance of its four events.

WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organizer Reed Exhibitions.

About Thebe Reed Exhibitions
Formally Thebe Exhibitions and Projects (TEPG), the newly branded Thebe Reed Exhibitions is a joint venture agreement with Thebe Tourism Group Pty Limited and Reed Exhibitions. It is Southern Africa’s most forward thinking and successful exhibition organizer and venue management company, responsible for exhibitions such as Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo, Decorex Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, 100% Design South Africa, the Gauteng Motor Show, Investment&Retirement Expo, Mediatech Africa, Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), and now the Africa Travel Week events; WTM Africa, ILTM Africa and IBTM Africa. Thebe Reed Exhibitions aims to provide the best platform for showcasing industries and nurturing business and networking opportunities on the African continent.

www.ThebeReed.co.za

About Reed Travel Exhibitions

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel. RTE is part of Reed Exhibitions

About Reed Exhibitions

WTM Portfolio is part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, which is owned by the world’s leading events organizer Reed Exhibitions (RE).

In 2014, RE held more than 500 events in 40 countries bringing together more than six million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lloyd Orr Communications, Tel: +27 11 702 9601; Shelley Martin, Shelley@lloydorr.com ; Chantal Nieuwenhuizen, Chantal@lloydorr.com

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