International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Announces New Board Members
The 2018-2019 board includes business leaders representing seven countries and a globespanning
array of brands

Fort Lauderdale, FL (27 March 2018)—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
announced today the four new appointments to its 2018-2019 board of directors, a group
that includes LGBTQ and ally business leaders representing tourism social
media/marketing, corporate accommodations, destination promotion and boutique hotels.

The new IGLTA board members are:
• Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International
• Oriol Pamies, Co-Founder, Moovz – The Global LGBT Social Network
• Sandi Robinson, Director of Sales, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
• Maria Tuttocuore, Senior Executive Sales & Marketing, Monaco Government
Tourist Office.
“We are always striving to attract high-quality board members that reflect the diversity of
our global association,” said IGLTA Board Chair Juan Julià. “I’m proud to see the new
appointments include two lesbians, a straight ally and a gay man who all come from
different business backgrounds within our tourism community. I look forward to working
with them on the strategic plans for IGLTA’s future growth and development.”

Shiho Ikeuchi, Director, Overseas Marketing, Executive Guest Services & Operations, Hotel
Granvia Kyoto (Japan) was reappointed for another two-year term, reflecting the
association’s continued commitment to more outreach in Asia.

The new board takes effect during the board meeting prior to IGLTA’s 35th Annual Global
Convention in Toronto, Canada, 9-12 May. In addition to the five appointments, the
returning board members are Felipe Cardenas, Co-Founder/CEO, Colombian LGBT
Chamber of Commerce; Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO, Center for Black Equity (US);
Richard Gray, Vice President, LGBT+ Market, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention &
Visitors Bureau (US); Uwern Jong, Editor in Chief, OutThere Publishing (UK); Juan Julià,
Founder/President, Axel Hotels (Spain); Richard Krieger, President, PrideWorld/The
Isramworld Portfolio of Brands (US); Steven Larkin, Director of Sales, Canada, Delta Air
Lines; Dan Melesurgo, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, American Society of
Association Executives (ASAE); Jon Munoz, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion,
Hilton, Don Skeoch, Chief Marketing Officer, LA Tourism & Convention Board. John
Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO, holds a non-voting seat on the board.

For photos or full bios of the IGLTA board members and appointees, please email

About IGLTA:
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global
organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations national Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global
organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations
World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for
LGBT travelers and expand LGBT tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social
and economic impact. The association also is a proud supporter of ECPAT’s Tourism Child
Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. IGLTA membership includes LGBT
and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour
operators, events and travel media in more than 75 countries. For more information: and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta