Building Bridges scholarships bring tourism industry newcomers to Madrid for the LGBT travel association’s Annual Global Convention
April 10, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — The IGLTA Foundation recently selected the five recipients of its second annual Building Bridges Scholarships, a group that hails from Brazil, Colombia, Curacao and the United States. Each will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and conference registration for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention in Madrid, 8-10 May.
The program was created to support the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travel professionals. Scholarships went to two hospitality and tourism students; two individuals representing small businesses; and one individual representing a destination.
“We’re very excited to have a wonderfully diverse group of very well-deserving scholarship recipients,” said IGLTA Foundation board member Gregg Kaminsky. “Our hope is that these scholarships help them to further develop the tools and relationships they’ll need to be successful in LGBT tourism.”
Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet and network with other travel industry professionals from around the world, attend seminars and educational sessions, and see the sights of Madrid.
Meet this year’s Building Bridges Scholarship recipients:
• Student: Murilo Lima Araujo Costa is from São Paulo, Brazil where is he pursuing his passion for tourism at Anhembi Morumbi University.
• Student: Ryan Romero is a California native currently in his freshman year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He plans to become an event coordinator.
• Small Business: Marco Jaramillo is a journalist from Medellín, Colombia who is currently the CEO of EgoCity Magazine and Innova Brands. For the past two years, he has worked toward LGBT equality in Colombia.
• Small Business: Janice Tjon Sien Kie co-founded the Curacao Gayplasa Foundation, which promotes acceptance of the island’s LGBT community; she is planning the launch of her own company, Umasma Destination Management, to cater to global lesbian travelers.
• Destination: Robert Washington is the co-chair of the Africa Travel Association’s Youth Advisory Committee. He is also the co-founder of the African Birthright Program, USA, which sponsors first-time educational trips to Africa for diaspora youth. He is based in New York.
The IGLTA Foundation would like to thank Delta Air Lines for generously providing flight assistance to bring these scholarship recipients to Madrid.
The IGLTA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Our mission is to use the power of LGBT travel to build bridges worldwide. Those bridges, in turn, enable understanding, awareness and commerce to flourish in diverse communities around the globe. For more information: www.igltafoundation.org; www.facebook.com/IGLTAFoundation.