Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Becomes the First State to Partner with the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Office of Tourism is partnering with the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA), making Connecticut the first state to join the association at the global. Under this partnership, Connecticut will be positioned alongside leading global destinations and brands committed to supporting LGBTQ+ hospitality travel year-round.
“Connecticut has long led the country on critical issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, and that’s why I’m incredibly proud that we’re the first state to join IGLTA as a global partner and highlight to LGBTQ+ travelers in the United States and abroad that they are welcome and celebrated in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “Every person has the right to be themselves, free from discrimination, fear and prejudice, and we are committed to sharing these values with all who live, work and play in Connecticut.”
The Connecticut Office of Tourism recently spear a new multimillion-dollar campaign called “Find Your Vibe,” which highlights Connecticut’s vibrant culture, including its LGBTQ+ community, and celebrates businesses and tourism events. The newly updated state tourism website, CTvisit.comoffers inclusive images and content everywhere, and now offers a LGBTQ+ section who will live on the website year-round. Additionally, the Connecticut Office of Tourism will participate in LGBTQ+ celebrations in Connecticut and surrounding states throughout the year.
“We are thrilled and honored to join IGLTA in their mission to advance LGBTQ+ travel,” Noelle P. Stevenson, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, said. “The LGBTQ+ community has always been an integral part of the fabric of Connecticut and the state’s tourism industry, and we bring that message to the fore all year round in everything we do.”
Among the resources available on CTvisit.com is a list of over 25 Pride Month celebrations, plus events throughout the year, including film festivals, drag shows, comedy shows, choir concerts, options LGBTQ+ owned and operated nightlife, businesses, restaurants, and hotels, and thousands more ideas for individuals, couples, and families.
“We are very proud to welcome the Connecticut Office of Tourism as a new global partner,” John Tanzella, President and CEO of IGLTA, said. “Long considered one of America’s most LGBTQ+ inclusive states thanks to its progressive legislation, Connecticut packs a diverse selection of sights, dining experiences, and outdoor activities into one compact destination. We look forward to to showcase more of our global community of travelers to this vibrant and culturally rich New England state.”
IGLTA is the global leader in promoting LGBTQ+ travel and a proud affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Its mission is to provide information and resources to LGBTQ+ travelers and to expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.
The association’s professional network includes more than 11,000 LGBTQ+ accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media, and its members are present in nearly 80 countries. The IGLTA Philanthropic Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming travel businesses around the world through leadership, research and education. For more information, visit iglta.org.
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