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IGLTA hosts 2nd annual LGBTQ+ Travel Symposium in New Delhi


The IGLTA Foundation’s event at The LaLiT New Delhi aims to boost LGBTQ+ tourism in India, featuring key industry speakers and a cultural performance.

NEW DELHI, INDIA – The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association Foundation presented its second annual LGBTQ+ Travel Symposium in New Delhi focused on expanding LGBTQ+ tourism in India. The LaLiT New Delhi hosted the symposium for the second consecutive year, providing a welcoming environment for the free event.

Further amplifying our commitment to fostering LGBTQ+ tourism in India, The IGLTA Foundation welcomes Nakshatra Bagwe (he/him) as the 2024 India Symposium Fellowship recipient. Bagwe is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of The BackPack Travels. His dedication to creating safe and inclusive travel experiences for the LGBTQ+ community embodies the spirit of this fellowship. Other notable speakers include Aditya Ghosh (he/him), Co-Founder of Akasa Airlines; Akriti Malhotra (she/her), CEO/Co-Founder of AKU’s – The Burger Co.; Keshav Suri (he/him), Executive Director of The LaLit Suri Hospitality Group; Ribu Choudary (she/her), Head of Communications and Brand at Amadeus; and Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens (he/him), Cultural Cooperation and Action Advisor for the Embassy of France in India. The symposium will close with a special performance from singer/drag artist/activist Shushant Divgikar aka Rani KoHEnur (she/he/they). A full list of speakers and their bios are available here.

We are so excited to be back in New Delhi for our second India LGBTQ+ Travel Symposium and incredibly grateful to The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group for hosting this momentous event,” said John Tanzella (he/him), IGLTA President/CEO. “This year, we’ll take a deeper dive, offering an interactive workshop alongside the main stage programming so that participants are able to ask questions in a safe space and receive more practical takeaways to help advance LGBTQ+ travel in India.”

We are proud to partner for The IGLTA Foundation’s second annual LGBTQ+ Travel Symposium, reaffirming our commitment to inclusivity in India’s tourism,” said Keshav Suri (he/him), Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. “With esteemed speakers and dedicated partners, this symposium marks a transformative step in advancing LGBTQ+ travel, promoting love and acceptance in every journey.”

The IGLTA Foundation actively supports LGBTQ+ tourism in emerging destinations, with developing LGBTQ+ travel to and from India being one of its key initiatives. The symposium will also highlight the commendable work of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, which recently received IGLTA Accredited™ status for each of its India properties.

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