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Illinois Office of Tourism at the LGBT Media Brunch
Illinois Office of Tourism at the LGBT Media Brunch
LGBT Pioneer Award for Pablo de Luca und Gustavo Noguera, GNetwork, Argentinia
LGBT Pioneer Award für Pablo de Luca und Gustavo Noguera, GNetwork, Argentinien

Gay & Lesbian Travel (LGBT Travel)

Since 2010 Gay & Lesbian Travel has been an established, successful segment of ITB Berlin. Characterized by openness, creativity and vibrant interaction, this is one of the most diverse areas of the trade show.

Together with their LGBT-Partner Diversity Tourism GmbH, ITB Berlin is hosting the LGBT Travel Pavilion including the LGBT Presentation Corner and the LGBT Media Brunch at the CityCube Berlin on ITB Wednesday, where members of the media will be able to get together in an informal atmosphere with representatives of destinations and other tourism providers.

LGBT Travel also always holds a slot on the ITB Friday at the ITB Berlin Convention where current topics of the segments are regularly discussed by international experts.

On the ITB weekend, private visitors also enjoy extra attention, shows and entertainment at the LGBT Travel Pavilion.

For more information, you can download the LGBT program brochure of the last ITB Berlin here:

For all networking enthusiasts, the very popular Gay ITB Party hosted by & partners bringing together exhibitors, buyers and media from all-around the world is must attend event. Please contact for your personal invitation.

Contact for exhibitors and trade visitors:

Rika Jean-Francois
Messe Berlin GmbH
Telephone: +49 (0)30 3038-2157

Thomas Bömkes
Diversity Tourism GmbH
+49 (0)89 62439772

Important Downloads

Registration for the Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion:

Further Information for exhibitors:
LGBT Exhibitor info sheet 2019 (PDF, 391.7 kB)

LGBT Stand registration 2019 (PDF, 4.6 MB)

Registration sheet for the LGBT Media Brunch 2019
LGBT Media Brunch information (PDF, 142.0 kB)

Registration for the Presentation Slot at the LGBT Travel Pavilion 2019:
LGBT Presentation Corner Registration (PDF, 142.7 kB)

Registration form for LGBT Partnerships 2019:
LGBT Partnership (PDF, 146.5 kB)

Sponsoring information for the LGBT Segment 2019:
(coming soon)

Information about ITB Academy:
LGBT brochure (PDF, 5.3 MB)

Program Brochure of the LGBT Travel Pavilion 2018

New Program brochure will be available by February 2019.

You will find all exhibitors, presentations, networking events and the date for the first ITB LGBT+ Pioneer Award Ceremony at the Palais at Funkturm in our new program brochure 2018.


ITB Berlin Commitment to LGBT Travel

In the context of its social responsibilities ITB Berlin considers itself to be an ambassador for human rights and tolerance. That is why our commitment to the area of LGBT Travel extends far beyond the trade show.

  • Messe Berlin has signed the Diversity Charter, thus pledging to actively support diversity within the company. The principles of the charter aim to ensure a working environment that is free of prejudices. Every employee should be respected regardless of their gender, nationality, ethnic background, faith, ideology, disabilities, age, sexuality or identity.
  • Together with visitBerlin, Argentina, VisitFlorida and Vienna ITB Berlin increases advertising for Gay & Lesbian Travel. Read more in the Press report.
  • ITB Berlin has participated twice in the Tourism Fair of the Americas in Brazil (ABAV), with a large LGBT Area and a diverse seminar program.
  • ITB Berlin is a member of the International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and supports the IGLTA Foundation which is the philanthropic organization of the IGLTA. ITB CSR Commissioner Rika Jean-François serves on the Association’s Board of Directors. ITB Berlin and IGLTA have signed the Code of Conduct against the sexual exploitation of children.
  • ITB Berlin also organizes a “Pink Pavilion” at ITB Asia which is held in October in Singapore. In case you are interested to join us please contact Mrs Jean-François at
  • LGBT+ Tourism Summit 22-23 November 2018 in Malta

ITB LGBT Academy

On request, the ITB Academy organizes LGBT workshops for destinations and their touristic suppliers with information on the global gay&lesbian travel segment, special marketing and market developments. For that purpose, ITB Berlin works very close with Community Marketing International (CMI) from San Francisco, a renown research company specializing in LGBT marketing research.

ITB LGBT Academy Malta 2018

ITB Academy: LGBT+ Tourism Summit in Malta

The Malta Tourist Authority and ITB Berlin very successfully jointly organized the first LGBT+ Tourism Summit for tourism professionals from November 22-23 2018 in Malta. International experts informed about current market developments and new marketing strategies in this booming segment and enjoyed great networking opportunities.

More information is available here.

Hon. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Malta
Hon. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Malta
Carrying the rainbow flag to Malta!
Carrying the rainbow flag to Malta!
Our speakers at LGBT+ Tourism Summit Malta Nov. 2018
Our speakers at LGBT+ Tourism Summit Malta Nov. 2018

Malta Academy Partner

ITB LGBT Academy Japan 2017

For the first time in Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, ITB Berlin has hosted an LGBT Academy with two workshops in a row on lesbian and gay travel. On 23 August 2017 the World’s leading Travel Trade Show ® has invited participants to a half-day event in Tokyo, and a day later visitors found out more about the globally expanding LGBT market in the Imperial City of Kyoto.

Important partners of the workshops include Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau,Hotel Granvia Kyoto, the Japanese publisher Ohta Publications, All Nippon Airways, Out Japan, Out Asia Travel and The Capitol Hotel Tokyu. Other sponsors include the Japan Association of Travel Agents JATA, the Japan Hotel Association Kyoto Branch and IGLTA, the world's leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers.

Presenting Partner 2018

Thailand is having its first presence in the LGBT pavilion at ITB this year! The country has long been regarded as a safe haven for the global LGBTQ community. Armed with a gothaibefree campaign, Thailand is inviting you with open hearts and open arms to experience the Amazing Thailand!

Supporting Partner 2018

Enjoy Illinois / Choose Chicago
Whether you are gay, heterosexual or transgender, a solo traveler or a honeymoon couple, Illinois welcomes you. Experience the nightlife in Chicago or the amazing and romantic places in Illinois. #AmazingForAll

New York State is colorful and diverse and this is reflected in its 11 different holiday regions. In addition to the special LGBT events, New York presents millions of moments of pride, sporting adventure, art and culture, romance and culinary delights. As the birthplace of the LGBT movement, the Stonewall 50 WorldPride will be held in New York City in 2019.

Premium Partner 2018

Organizational Partner 2018