BRUSSELS, June 25, 2018 — Hornet, the world’s premier gay social network, today announced that president and co-founder Sean Howell spoke on building a safe and inclusive destination for LGBTQ travelers. In addition, Hornet partnered with The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to present global data for LGBTQ interests in Europe, from major markets: Russia, China, Japan and the United states.

The European Travel Commission (ETC) is an international organisation responsible for the promotion of Europe as a tourist destination. Its members are the national tourism organisations of sovereign states in Europe.

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The Educational Forum on LGBTQ Tourism aims at bringing together businesses and leading organisations from the tourism sector, destinations’ tourism boards on national, regional and local levels, LGBTI Human Rights NGOs and EU decision makers, to discuss the current status-quo of Europe as a safe and welcoming destination for LGBTQ tourists and residents, investigating new ways to strengthen the region’s attractiveness as a LGBTQ-friendly destination, and understanding future evolution of LGBTQ travel.

The discussion will be supported by the new ETC and IGLTA joint research Handbook on LGBTQ Tourism in Europe which focuses on the current state, prospects and opportunities of LGBTQ tourism in Europe, providing a framework for the conversation.

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Sean Howell, Hornet; Peter Jordan, Gen C Traveller; Anna Shepherd, ILGA Europe; Paulien De Groot, transgender activist; and Piet De Bruyn, Council of Europe

Peter Jordan, the author of the Handbook, presented research created in collaboration with Hornet, which focuses on perceptions of 35 states within Europe from LGBTQ travelers in five long-haul markets: Russia, China, Japan, Brazil and the United States.

The Handbook on LGBTQ Tourism in Europe is scheduled for release on July 12 and will be available for free download at iglta.org/research.

Hornet’s large global reach to 25 million users helps discover true issues of critical of importance to gays around the world. In addition to supporting IGLTA, Hornet partners on research with the World Bank, the United Nations, MSMGF, UNAIDs, UCLA, Johns Hopkins and many others with the mission of driving equality for all.

Hornet is proud to support the work of IGLTA building a global LGBTQ travel community and the work of the IGLTA Foundation, in particular to assist new, emerging and regions with great threats for LGBTQ.