The Marketplace was launched following feedback from delegates at the last two TTG LGBT Conferences, with many of those who attended wanting more time to network and mingle with suppliers.
We listened to your feedback and responded with the creation of the Marketplace. It features up to 10 suppliers, who will be given separate areas to feature and discuss their specialist offering for the LGBT community.
It will take place during - and after - lunch, enabling delegates time to chat in depth with the suppliers about their products.
Suppliers wanting to take part in the LGBT Marketplace should contact sales and marketing director email@example.com
The Florida Keys and Key West is a proud headline Sponsor of TTG's Travel Pride 2017 promoting its official "One Human Family" philosophy with the UK travel trade. Known for years as one of the top LGBTQ holiday destinations in the world, the Florida Keys and Key West have ignored stereotypes and refused to see boundaries for centuries. Key West has always been one of the truly authentic accepting come-as-you-are places in the world where LGBTQ visitors could express their creativity, their freedom, and their love. More than 280,000 LGBTQ vacationers travel to the Florida Keys and Key West each year, and for good reason--some of the best, most creative annual events there include Key West Pride in June, Tropical Heat in August, Womenfest in September and the always amazing Fantasy Fest in October. This July come and find out why we say "Key West is close to perfect, but far from normal!"
Stacey Mitchell – Director of Sales, Florida Keys & Key West
“We have attended this event in the past and been so impressed with the speakers, the content and the attendees and this year wanted to be more involved in shaping the future of travel within the LGBT marketplace. The addition of Travel Pride allows us to have some fun and really network with the key industry professionals. We are really looking forward to being a big part of this year’s event”
Lynette Dungey, International Partnerships Manager Global Travel & Partnerships, Avis Budget Group EMEA
“At Celebrity Cruises we are passionate about the importance of awareness and the engagement of the LGBT community and we are keen to engage with like-minded partners across the travel industry. Our whole team is keen to offer its support to the TTG LGBT conference.
“I am hugely proud that Celebrity Cruises was a founder member of the the travel industry’s first LGBT networking group – TTG LGBT. The platform continues to grow from strength to strength and hosts a series of must-attend events in the travel industry calendar. Not only is it a great way to educate and inform colleagues in the industry about how to market to and embrace the LGBT community, but it is also a key driver to increase opportunities for training and involvement. The conference programme this year promises to be insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring and I am very excited to be part of it.”
Jo Rzymowska, UK, Ireland and Asia vice president and managing director, Celebrity Cruises’
"Jet2holidays is delighted to be attending TTG LGBT and Travel Pride. The conference has grown in strength year on year and we look forward to taking part in this event, which really leads the way in encouraging diversity and inclusion in our industry."
Alan Cross, head of trade, Jet2holidays
“We’ve been really impressed with how TTG have driven the conversation around LGBT issues and we wanted to give this event our full support. We’ve found previous events to be inspiring and were central to us creating our own direction to support LGBT travellers, so we are looking forward to this year’s event. Extending the conference to include Travel Pride sounds like a great idea and an opportunity to bring an element of fun and festivities to the occasion and our team will be there to learn and network.”
Rachel O'Reilly, Head of Communications, Kuoni
"Oceania Cruises is proud and delighted to be taking part in the TTG LGBT Conference and Travel Pride for the first time. The LGBT sector is a fast growing market and being the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line with an elegant casual on board atmosphere, Oceania Cruises can provide a holiday that is perfect for LGBT travellers. We look forward to connecting with specialist suppliers at the LGBT Marketplace and wish everyone attending a productive and enjoyable Conference."
"Illinois is delighted to be a sponsor of the inaugural Travel Pride event in July. We are very committed to the LGBT market with a comprehensive, international advertising campaign, that includes TV advertising, print and digital. In May we will host a fam trip to the state for LGBT media from the UK and German markets and our sponsorship of Travel Pride will allow us to engage directly with the travel LGBT market and network with key players."
Jan Kemmerling, Deputy Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism
“We’re excited to be supporting TTG’s LGBT marketplace and Travel Pride. Encouraging diversity and inclusion is a key part of Intrepid Group’s values, making this initiative a perfect fit for us. Our style of travel is a natural fit for LGBT travellers and we see it as an important market for us. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event this summer.”
Andrew Turner, head of industry sales, Intrepid Travel