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The 32nd Annual Global Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in Los Angeles (April 8-11) is the LGBT tourism industry’s premier networking and educational event, and also an opportunity to acknowledge the work of individuals and businesses that have improved the landscape of gay and lesbian travel.

The IGLTA board of directors selects the award recipients from the association’s member businesses in 80 countries and its allies. “It’s our way to celebrate the incredible work being done to make the world more welcoming for LGBT people,” says IGLTA Chair Dan Melesurgo. “This year’s diverse recipients are located in Curacao, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Columbia, but their outreach extends far beyond the borders of their home countries, reflecting the truly global scope of our association.”

Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award: Since 1990, Olivia, the travel company for lesbians, has taken over 200,000 women on cruise, resort, adventure and riverboat vacations all over the world, including Antarctica. Olivia always charters entire ships or buys out whole resorts to provide a safe space for women to be out.

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This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.

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