IGLTA announces 2024 Global Convention in Osaka, Japan: A milestone for LGBTQ+ Travel

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is set to host its 2024 Global Convention in Osaka, marking a significant moment for LGBTQ+ tourism in Asia.

OSAKA, JAPAN – The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has opened registration for its 2024 Global Convention, presented in the welcoming city of Osaka, Japan. Mark your calendars for 23-26 October and join industry thought leaders, gain valuable insights, and network with global partners as we explore the dynamic future of LGBTQ+ travel.

This marks the first time IGLTA has held its premier educational and networking event in Asia, and it is planned to coincide with Osaka Pride (tentatively scheduled for 26-27 October) to amplify the local LGBTQ+ connections. IGLTA is proud to partner with the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau to make this historic event possible.

We are thrilled to open registration for the 2024 Global Convention in Osaka! Building on our organization’s remarkable 40-year journey, this year underscores our commitment to emerging markets and the incredible potential for LGBTQ+ travel growth in Asia,” said John Tanzella (he/him), IGLTA President/CEO. “We’re incredibly grateful for the partnership with the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau. Osaka’s rich history, vibrant cityscape, and friendly residents, combined with OCTB’s dedication to inclusivity and innovation, promise an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.”

Home to the second-largest LGBTQ+ scene outside of Tokyo, Osaka is known for its welcoming locals and decadent food culture. Osaka Prefecture was one of the first regional-level governments to implement a same-sex partnership system. Osaka city has also led Japan in encouraging businesses and organizations to incorporate and implement protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Osaka aims to be a sustainable destination where everyone is able to travel and enjoy the city with peace of mind. As the first tourism office in Japan to engage in LGBTQ+ tourism, we are honored that IGLTA has chosen Osaka to host their global convention in Asia for the first time and are proud that Osaka is recognized for its efforts,” said Hiroshi Mizohata (he/him), President, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau. “Coming to Osaka next year is Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai under the theme of “Designing Future Society for our Lives,” a philosophy that closely aligns with the IGLTA. With these two historic events, we look forward to welcoming LGBTQ+ travelers and showcasing the best that all of Japan has to offer, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.”

Key highlights of the 2024 Global Convention include:
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities: Connect with LGBTQ+ and ally tourism leaders from around the world.
  • Engaging industry insights: Gain valuable knowledge on the latest trends, marketing strategies and best practices through informative sessions from global experts.
  • Immersive cultural experience: Discover the amazing gastronomy, history and culture of Osaka, a first-time host city for IGLTA.

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