TTG LGBT Seminar

The brand new TTG LGBT Seminar in association with Malta Tourism Authority will be taking place on 22 August at The Great John Street Hotel in Manchester.

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Why should you attend TTG’s LGBT Seminar this year? 

As a lead up to Manchester Pride, the half-day seminar will be filled with a variety of leading speakers offering insight and providing practical advice on how you can market and sell to the LGBT community.


Plus you'll be able to join us for networking drinks on the rooftop of the The Great John Street Hotel after the afternoon event.



View the seminar programme

Who should attend? 

TTG would like to call all individuals immersed within the travel industry to join us at the TTG LGBT Seminar this August 2019. We welcome all LGBT people and allies to come along, who are looking to expand their product offerings to the wider market - more specifically, the LGBT community.

Venue and timings

Venue and timings

This year, the TTG LGBT Seminar will be taking place at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester from 1pm to 6pm. The networking drinks will be taking place from 6pm until late.


Buy your tickets

Tickets for the TTG LGBT Seminar are now available for £99 (+VAT)!


Buy your tickets here

Can't make it to the TTG LGBT Seminar?

Why not come to our evening networking drinks from 6pm on the rooftop of the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and kickstart your Manchester Pride celebrations.


Click here to claim your place at the evening networking drinks




Hear from our incredible line-up of speakers who will share tips and advice on how to market and sell to the LGBT community as well as case studies about their own experiences in the sector. More speakers will also be added to the agenda soon, so stay tuned and watch this space!

Leah Chandler

Leah Chandler

Chief Marketing Officer

Discover Puerto Rico


As a veteran of the travel and tourism industry, Leah Chandler holds over 16 years of branding, advertising, and marketing experience. She assumed her role as Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Puerto Rico in July 2018, a newly formed non-profit that supports the promotion of tourism to foster economic growth on the Island.


She has held a variety of roles through her successful career which include Senior Account Manager at Hirons, managing the Indiana Tourism account for over 5 years and Account Director at H & L, leading efforts for Missouri Tourism’s rebranding in 2013. Before joining Discover Puerto Rico, Leah was the Chief Marketing Officer for the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Leah received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from the Indiana State University.



Mark Beverlo

Mark Beverlo

Director, Regional Sales

Preferred Hotels & Resorts


Mark Beverlo brings over 16 years of international sales experience to his role as Director of Regional Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. In this position, he has a hands on approach to developing business for member hotels in the U.K., Ireland, Nordics & Netherlands. After completing his studies and earning a degree in Hospitality Management at Stenden University in the Netherlands, Mark began his career in Beijing working in the diplomatic segment as Sales Manager for Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel. In 2009, Beverlo moved to London where he focused on the local corporate market to develop business at various Red Carnations Hotels. Prior to joining Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Beverlo held various senior sales positions for prestigious luxury hotels including The Ritz London, Shangri-La London, and Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel, where he honed his international sales expertise and broadened his network, managing a variety of key markets including Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas. Mark speaks Dutch, English, German, and Mandarin Chinese.



Shannon Donoghue

Shannon Donoghue

Travel Team Specialist

Responsible Travel


Shannon is an avid traveller and customer service expert who swapped her decade long career in fashion buying to pursue a career in responsible tourism. 'There was an urge to do something more meaningful, definitely. The chance to make a positive impact whilst indulging my curiosity about the world has been a defining move for me.'


She joined the Responsible Travel team in 2018 and now works across a number of projects designed to improve customer experience, working directly with Responsible Travel's 400 holiday company partners on their customer service and strategy. Shannon is also a passionate advocate for inclusivity in the travel industry and as a LGBT traveller herself, recognises the important work companies can do to promote diversity. ‘Our trip partners range from large global travel companies right down to small, locally owned independents so everyone's approach is different, but it's a great feeling to all be working towards the same goal.'


Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

HotelREZ™ and World Rainbow Hotels


Mark Lewis founded HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts in 2004, and over the course of a decade the company has grown to be one of the leading hotel representation companies dedicated to marketing and connecting independent hotels with bookers worldwide. Mark has a wealth of experience in the tourism and hospitality sector, having held several positions at renowned leisure and travel companies such as Thomas Cook and Pegasus Solutions.

HotelREZ provides distribution, revenue, sales consultancy, marketing services and support to more than 1,500 hotels and small hotel groups in over 100 countries, including private label GDS chain code solutions. It connects independent hotels and hotel groups with corporate and leisure bookers by offering GDS connectivity and web services, allowing worldwide agencies and individuals to book for themselves and their clients. As aglobal partner of Sabre, HotelREZ increases hotel revenues through its GDS, which is outperforming average market growth YOY.

World Rainbow Hotels is a global supplier of over 1,200 LGBT-friendly hotels, bookable on the GDS and online to both consumers and the travel trade. The company has been the official accommodation provider for some of the world’s biggest Pride events, including London, Chicago, and Sao Paulo.


Peter Vella

Peter Vella

Director of UK & Ireland

Malta Tourism Authority


Peter is a Maltese and UK dual national, who has lived in the UK for most of his life. His early career was spent with Mars Confectionery, Kraft Foods and Bowater Scott. He moved into the travel industry in senior marketing roles with Horizon Holidays, First Choice Holidays and Lunn Poly (TUI). In 1997 he was appointed as Business Development Director for Birmingham Airport and stayed in this role until 2009. He was also a non - executive director of Marketing Birmingham and a member of the Airports Council International (ACI) Economics and Commercial committee during this period.

In 2010 he changed industry to work for Interserve plc, operating as CEO for three construction companies, completing contracts to build schools to the value of around £500m and managing facilities management contracts valued at a further £500m. Alongside this, in 2014 he founded and was appointed as CEO of an Academy Trust, sponsoring and running an academy school in England.


He joined the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) in September 2015 as Director for the UK and Ireland, based in London.

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