International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Welcomes Starwood Hotels and Resorts as a New Global Partner

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
Welcomes Starwood Hotels and Resorts as a New Global Partner
FORT LAUDERDALE (1 March 2016)— The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association announced that Starwood Hotels and Resorts has been named a global partner, which places them among the elite group of brands that have pledged year-round support for the association and LGBT-welcoming travel.

“Starwood Hotels & Resorts has always been ‘out’ about our support of the LGBT community, especially as this relates to our associates and hotel guests,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader for W Hotels Worldwide.  “It is our goal to create an environment where everyone feels invited, embraced, valued and respected – it is simply the right thing to do.”

Starwood has achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the past 10 years, underscoring their commitment to diversity. Recently the Turn It Up For Change campaign by Starwood’s W brand joined forces with HRC and Jennifer Hudson to campaign for LGBT marriage equality across the United States.

“Industry leaders like Starwood know that supporting equality and inclusion is good for business,” says IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “It has helped them attract and retain the most loyal guests and employees. We’re thrilled to partner in their efforts to send a welcoming message to LGBT travelers worldwide.”

Starwood operates more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries and has nearly 200,000 associates worldwide. For more information, please

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. IGLTA’s mission is to expand LGBT tourism globally for the benefit of travelers and its members. The association’s membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries. IGLTA’s Global Partner program provides companies with heightened recognition and visibility among LGBT travelers with enhanced marketing and communication opportunities throughout the association’s worldwide network.

For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta. Our 33rd Annual Global Convention will be held 14-16 April 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa; updates are available at

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