IGLTA and LGBTQ+Travel
Wilton Manors is the proud home to the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA), dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ travel globally. Founded in 1983, IGLTA partners with leading travel brands such as Delta Air Lines, Disney Destinations©, Hilton, Marriott International Inc., MGM Resorts International, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. IGLTA stands apart as a leading network of LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses with members in more than 80 countries. Recently, The Israel Ministry of Tourism, a longstanding member of IGLTA, hosted a VIP travel industry event at Byblos Miami in partnership with IGLTA and the Spice Detective. When booking your next travel destination, look abroad to this exotic land of culture, music, food, and the Tel Aviv Pride festival each June. Visit www.GoIsrael.com to learn more about this unique travel destination.
Israel had its best tourism year to date, with more than 4.12 million tourist entries recorded from January to December 2018, an increase of about 14% compared to 2017, and 42% more than in 2016. As tourism continues to grow, 2019 is anticipated to show even faster growth thanks to new flight options, hotel renovations and openings, global events and more.
From May 14-16, 2019, Israel will be hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. About 1,500 journalists and tens of thousands of tourists are expected to flock to Tel Aviv to share in the city-wide celebrations.
Tel Aviv will be constructing a “tent city” to accommodate visitors for the Eurovision competition. This will host up to 2,000 guests and include showering areas, a recreation and party area, food and beverage stalls, and a bike rental spot. A shuttle service will be available from the camping area to the Eurovision Village, the main entertainment venue located at Charles Clore Seaside Park. The tent city will be also operational in June of 2019 to further accommodate visitors to the city’s annual gay pride celebration.
The Ben Gurion Airport is set to undergo a major renovation in 2019 that will see it become a more user-friendly airport and will reduce wait times during check-in. The airport is expecting to see 25 million travelers in 2019.
Nobu Hospitality will be opening a new property and restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv is the 17th hotel in the brand’s expanding portfolio.