Wednesday, June 22, 2011
IGLTA Welcomes its First Italian Ambassadors Promotion of Gay Travel on the Rise as LGBT Visibility Increases in Italy
Source = International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
With the colorful celebration of Europride in Rome as a backdrop, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association announced the appointment of its new co-ambassadors for Italy. These two respected members of the business community, Alessio De Giorgi, and Alessio Virgili, bring to the table more than 20 years of experience in tourism and activism.
¡°As an Italian-American who has lived in Florence, the struggles of the gay and lesbian community over the past decade and the recent progress that has been made in Italy is close to my heart,¡± IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella said. ¡°Despite historic internal challenges for LGBT Italians, Italy has always been a popular destination with gay travelers and I¡¯m extremely proud that IGLTA will now have two ambassadors to assist Italian businesses reaching out to the market as well as to help inbound travelers with questions.¡±
A resident of Pisa, Alessio De Giorgi is a leader of the gay movement in Italy, having served as a member of the First National Assembly of the Italian Democratic Party. As president of the largest gay association in Tuscany, he worked with the regional council to obtain approval of anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation. He also launched the LGBT travel consortium Friendly Versilia, is owner of the popular gay nightclub Mamma Mia in Torre de Lago, and is currently the Director of the Gay.It website.
Alessio Virgili created Quiiky Tour Operator in 2007. With offices in Rome and Milan, this young, dynamic company is a member of Visit USA and today boasts more than 3,000 travel agencies under contract in Italy. In 2010, Alessio created AITGL, the Italian Association of Gay & Lesbian Tourism, to represent and promote LGBT tourism to the media, institutions, trade and consumers, and later that same year, proudly became a member Confindustria Assotravel.The Italian ambassadors are part of IGLTA¡¯s growing team of global volunteers that provide personalized support to the association¡¯s members in the language of their home countries. There are currently 22 countries and regions represented by the program.