MILAN, ITALY - The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has announced that Arcigay - a national non-profit organisation focused on promoting and protecting equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community in Italy - is the recipient of the 2022 Pathfinder Award. This award is given to an individual or organisation that has made a significant positive impact on their destination, demonstrating the highest standard of warmth and hospitality to the LGBTQ+ community. Arcigay will receive the Pathfinder Award, part of this year’s IGLTA Honors presented with support from American Express Travel, on 28 October during IGLTA’s Global Convention in Milan.
“Each year, IGLTA Honors recognize individuals and organisations that have shown a tireless commitment to making the world a more welcoming place for LGBTQ+ travelers. Arcigay has consistently worked to promote a safe and inclusive environment for queer communities across Italy,” said IGLTA Board Chair Felipe Cardenas. “We are thrilled to present this award to such a collaborative and effective organisation.”
For almost 40 years, Arcigay has worked on the national and local level to build a more equitable and inclusive community throughout Italy for LGBTQ+ individuals. Arcigay consists of 72 affiliated associations and local committees that work together to advocate and support initiatives aiming at the promotion and protection of LGBTQ+ rights. It is the largest LGBTQ+ not-for-profit organisation in Italy, in terms of its number of volunteers and activists throughout the country.
"Arcigay was founded in 1985 as a reaction to a brutal double murder of two young gay lovers in Palermo. Although since then the society has become more open, homo-transphobia is still a problem; acts of violence and discrimination cannot been overlooked; Italian politics struggles to provide proper legal protection to our rights and many LGBTQ+ people still do not feel comfortable to be visible in the workplace or in society, in general,” said Secretary General of Arcigay Gabriele Piazzoni.
"This notwithstanding, the LGBTQ+ community is a thriving, creative and combative part of the Italian society that every year fills the streets of our cities with more than 50 Prides and millions of people. The work of Arcigay - with its 70 chapters distributed all over the country - and many other local LGBTQ+ organizations is vital to trigger the deep change that is still needed. We are happy and honored to receive this international recognition that we like to share with all the Italian LGBTQ+ community."
IGLTA Announces Peter Jordan as Recipient of 2022 Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award
Also, the Association has announced that Peter Jordan - Founder of Gen C Traveller and Head Strategist at Toposophy - is the recipient of the 2022 Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award. This honor is awarded to a longtime IGLTA member who is a thought leader in LGBTQ+ tourism and has tirelessly contributed to the association/IGLTA Foundation in its mission to advance LGBTQ+ travel globally. The award takes its name from the man widely considered the father of LGBTQ+ travel, Hanns Ebensten, and is selected by the IGLTA board of directors from the association’s members in 80 countries. The IGLTA Honors, presented with support from American Express Travel, will take place 27-28 October during IGLTA’s Global Convention in Milan.
“For more than a decade, Peter Jordan has been at the forefront of research and innovation within the queer travel community. From authoring international reports on LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity to his work to advance sustainable models of development in tourism around the globe - Peter’s experience speaks for itself,” said Felipe Cardenas. “It’s no wonder Peter has become respected as one of the world’s leading specialists on LGBTQ+ travel. This award is well-deserved, and I look forward to seeing Peter continue his ever-important work.”
Peter Jordan is a consultant and researcher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has authored pioneering reports on diverse aspects of tourism and LGBTQ+ inclusion for the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and European Travel Commission in collaboration with IGLTA and its Foundation. He recently created a new report for the IGLTA Foundation, “Going Further: How to Make LGBTQ+ Travel Transformational for Travelers, Communities, and the Planet,” which will launch at the Milan convention. The report breaks new ground by bringing LGBTQ+ travel and sustainability together, with concrete recommendations for destinations and businesses.
Peter has delivered multiple strategy projects, workshops, and keynote presentations on LGBTQ+ travel in English, Spanish and French for national tourism organisations and industry associations in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. He is currently engaged in several strategy projects aimed at helping national and local destination management organisations navigate post-COVID-19 tourism recovery.
“I am deeply touched and very humbled to receive this award from IGLTA. I know that many recipients before me have been pioneers, opening new opportunities for LGBTQ+ people to travel globally, and changing many lives and local communities for the better,” said Peter Jordan. “I hope that my research has helped, and will continue to help to break down stereotypes, open doors and spark interactions that help many more LGBTQ+ people benefit from the life-changing benefits that travel can bring.”