The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is getting ready for its annual convention (this year in Toronto from May 9-12), and they made a big announcement today about who they are planning on honoring.
This year's Pinnacle Award for 2018 will be given to the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau during the convention.
The Pinnacle Award recipient is selected by the Chair of the IGLTA board of directors and presented to an individual or business that has made the world a more welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers. Board chair Juan Julià, founder and president of Barcelona-based Axel Hotels, will make the presentation
According to the IGLTA: "Trudeau’s time in office has carried consistent messages of support for the LGBTQ community. In November 2017, he led the Canadian government in issuing a formal apology for a program of discrimination against LGBTQ Canadians (1962-1996) that was accompanied by US$85 million in reparations; this emotional address to Parliament elevated the global conversation on human rights. Trudeau also was the first Canadian Prime Minister to march in a Pride Parade (Toronto, 2016.)"
“I am incredibly proud to extend this IGLTA Honor to Prime Minister Trudeau. He presides over a country with some of the world's most advanced LGBTQ rights, but instead of resting on those credentials, he makes it a personal point to vocally support our community and keep moving our issues forward,” Julià said. “There is no doubt that LGBTQ travelers are respected and embraced in Canada, and that welcoming message is amplified every day through his actions as prime minister."
There is no word yet on whether or not the prime minister will attend the event, but for the those in the tourism and hospitality world interested in the LGBTQ market, you can register for it here.
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