Educational Forum on LGBTQ Tourism

  • Date21.06.2018
  • Time 9.00 - 19.00
  • Location of VenueBrussels
  • VenueHilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour de l'Europe 3, 1000 Brussels


  • John Tanzella


  • Peter Jordan

    Founder Gen C Traveller

  • Peter De Wilde

    President European Travel Commission

  • Piet De Bruyn

    General Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI people of the Council of Europe

  • Patrick Bontinck


  • Thomas Bachinger

    Market Manager Vienna Tourism Board

  • Anna Shepherd

    Fundraising Manager ILGA Europe

  • Mateo Asensio

    International Promotion Manager Turisme de Barcelona

  • Kaspars Zalitis

    Co-Chair Baltic Pride 2018 - Riga

  • Carine De Mesmaeker

    Event creator Brussels & Spain (Ibiza) (remote)

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Thursday 21st June 2018 - 9.00 - 19.00: Educational Forum on LGBTQ Tourism at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place

Friday 22nd June 2018 - 9.30 - 13.30: Social programme organised by with presentation of LGBT Brussels, guided tour of downtown Brussels and the Rainbow Village and light lunch at Mothers and Daughters pop-up lesbian bar


The Educational Forum on LGBTQ Tourism aims at bringing together businesses and leading organisations from the tourism sector, destinations’ tourism boards on national, regional and local levels, LGBTI Human Rights NGOs and EU decision makers, to discuss the current status-quo of Europe as a safe and welcoming destination for LGBTQ tourists and residents, investigating new ways to strengthen the region’s attractiveness as a LGBTQ-friendly destination, and understanding future evolution of LGBTQ travel.

The discussion will be supported by the new ETC and IGLTA joint research Handbook on LGBTQ Tourism in Europe which focuses on the current state, prospects and opportunities of LGBTQ tourism in Europe, providing a framework for the conversation.

The event will be hosted by an exceptional Master of Ceremony: Robert Daverschot

The Educational Forum and the Social Programme are free of charge and open to all.

If you are interested in attending, please register HERE

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