June 2020 Bellingham Washington
Ed to deliver LGBTQ sales/marketing and hospitality sensitivity training to this DMO and its marketing partners.
March 2020 ITB Pink Pavilion
Emcee two full days of the Pink Pavilion. He also organized and will conduct two 1:1 interviews with John Tanzella, President/CEO at IGLTA and Rika Jean-François, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Tourism at ITB Berlin.
January 2020 New York Times Travel Show LGBTQ+ Pavilion
Moderated a panel on marketing to LGBTQ travelers.
January 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders San Francisco
Co-presented on making meetings more welcoming to diverse attendees.
November 2019 8th Annual SHESummit
Moderated a panel of DE&I (diversity, equity & inclusion) experts on creating inclusive spaces.
September 2019 Annual Conference on Tourism
Presented on diversity and inclusion to Puerto Rico hospitality providers.
June 2019 PROUD Experiences NYC
Presented the closing MasterClass on diversity & inclusion.
June 2019 Adventure Elevate
Moderated panel with Meg Cale and Zach Moses on Marketing to and Welcoming LGBTQ Guests for Travel Trade.
March 2019 ITB LGBT+ Travel Pavilion
Moderated all three days of conference content and organized/co-presented:
1. All Eyes on World Pride: Destinations Leveraging Big LGBT+ Events to Create Lasting Change
2. Tinkering With the Hospitality Gene: How Training focusing on LGBTQ Travelers Will Provide Better Service to All Customers
3. The Pink Crystal Ball: The Future of LGBT+ Tourism & Hospitality Marketing.
Presented Achieving Success in the LGBTQ Market at Illinois Governor’s Annual Conference on Travel & Tourism.
March 2019 NYC & Company Annual Meeting
Moderated panel on the Future of LGBTQ Media with leading queer journalist/influencers to trade, industry and media.
December 2018 CMI’s 19th Annual LGBTQ Tourism Forum
Conducted 1:1 Q&A with Leah Chandler, CMO of Discover Puerto Rico.
November 2018 NYC & Company NYC Talks
Co-delivered HospitableMe’s Everyone Welcome to NYC & Company members.
June 2018 PROUD Experiences London
Presented MasterClass on Understanding Gender Diverse Guests at inaugural PROUD conference.
February 2018 Illinois Governor’s Annual Conference on Travel & Tourism
Presented the impact of increasing gender diversity on hospitality.
April 2018; Delivered keynote on the power of the gay travel consumer and how to authentically engage with this segment at São Paulo LGBT Chamber of Commerce
January 6,2013 Presented at the American Bus Association’s annual convention.
November 2, 2012 presented at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University.
September 29 & 30, Spoke at the San Francisco Travel Show
- Click here to download a PDF version of my presentation, which includes recommendations for great LGBT-friendly destinations, events, tours and cruises.
July 2012 Spoke at the 5th Annual Conference on LGBT Tourism and Marketing hosted by GNetwork360.
- Click here to download Ed’s talk on LGBT tourism marketing for tour operators, travel agents and hotels.
March 2012 Spoke at the Discover New England Travel Summit, presenting two panels on LGBT Tourism Marketing. Download a PDF version of the presentation below:
2012 Spoke at the following travel shows in collaboration with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).
- Los Angeles Times Travel Show (Jan 27-29, 2012; Events.LATimes.com/TravelShow)
- New York Times Travel Show (Mar 2-4, 2012; NYTTravelShow.com)
- OneWord Travel Mark (Sep 27-29, 2012; OneWOrldTravelMart.com)
August 2011 Addressed Vermont’s Governor’s Council to advise participants on successfully targeting the LGBTQ travel segment.
November 2010 Addressed Prince Edward Island Governor’s Advisory Board and provincial Chamber of Commerce on forming an LGBTQ marketing plan in the face of conservative resistance.