Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 5, 2014)—The IGLTA Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism globally, recently added gay travel leaders Richard Gray and Ed Salvato to its board of directors.
Richard Gray is the managing director of the LGBT market for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and an advocate for gay travel for more than 20 years. He previously owned The Royal Palms Resort & Spa, which set new standards for LGBT accommodations in Fort Lauderdale and beyond – it was the destination’s first gay guesthouse to achieve a five-star rating.
Ed Salvato, editor in chief of the iPad-based gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld, has spent the past 14 years contributing to the world of LGBT tourism through editorial, marketing, communications, product development, sponsorships, and events. Prior to ManAboutWorld, he served as editor in chief for other top LGBT travel content providers, such as OUT&ABOUT, Out Traveler, and PlanetOut Travel.
“We are thrilled to have Ed Salvato and Richard Gray join the IGLTA Foundation Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Charlie Rounds. “They each bring unique skills that will allow us to better educate both travel professionals and the traveling public about the value of LGBT global travel.”
Gray and Salvato join a volunteer board of directors made up of veterans in tourism, finance and philanthropy: Chair – Charlie Rounds, Kevin J. Mossier Foundation; Vice Chair – Steve Roth, OutThink Partners; Treasurer – Brianna Murphy, Trillium Asset Management; Secretary – Jeff Guaracino, Atlantic City Alliance; Jody Cole, Wild Rainbow African Safaris; Gregg Kaminsky, R Family Vacations; Charles Lapointe, Tourisme Montreal (retired); Todd Ney, Brendan Vacations; Rebecca Rittgers, Themis Fund; John Tanzella, IGLTA; and Shannon Wentworth.
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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.