Accor and the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (ILGTA) have announced a global partnership aiming to drive inclusive travel for all.
With an annual reach of more than 4 million LGBTQ+ consumers, the Platinum-level Partnership with IGLTA commits Accor to promote LGBTQ+ tourism and signals the Group’s values as an open and inclusive company to LGBTQ+ communities.
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and an Affiliate Member of the World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travellers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.
The collaboration is the first step in demonstrating the new, essential pillar within Accor’s Diversity & Inclusion commitment: to increase momentum in welcoming and valuing LGBTQ+ team members, clients and communities. Together, Accor and IGLTA will work to ensure the hospitality industry is a “safe and inclusive space for all”, and will facilitate and drive equality within the travel sector.
“We have long admired Accor’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and are thrilled to expand our relationship to an integrated, year-round approach to advancing LGBTQ+ travel,” said, John Tanzella, President/CEO, IGLTA. “Accor’s commitment to creating safe, welcoming experiences for LGBTQ+ travellers and to championing diversity within their team perfectly aligns with IGLTA’s mission and the work of our global partners.”
The challenges of the past year have, says a spokesperson for Accor, reinforced the importance of community and the relevance of the Group’s values: inclusion, equity and care for others.
“We strive to continuously build upon and develop initiatives to ensure the LGBTQ+ community feels supported to travel and experience the world, and our new pillar within our Group policy reflects our commitment to this essential area”, said Anne Sophie Beraud, VP Group Diversity & Inclusion, Accor.