Osaka welcomes IGLTA's 2024 conference with pride

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association will take its global conference to Asia for the first time in Japan.

The IGLTA has chosen Osaka for its 2024 event.
The IGLTA has chosen Osaka for its 2024 event. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/siam anik/EyeEm

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) has partnered with Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau (OCTB) for its first-ever Global Convention in Asia.

A city known for its welcoming locals and decadent food culture, Osaka has the second-largest LGBTQ+ community outside of Tokyo. IGLTA said it carried out a detailed evaluation process before opting for Osaka.

IGLTA board chair Felipe Cardenas said: “We are proud to recognise Osaka’s impressive bid and the leadership they have shown as an advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in Japan. Their commitment toward more discrimination-free spaces and travel experiences is remarkable.”

Osaka Prefecture was the first regional-level government to implement a same-sex partnership system, for which over 500 couples have registered as of January 2023. Osaka city has also been instrumental in encouraging businesses and organisations in Japan to incorporate and implement protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.

In 2019, Osaka launched the LGBT Leading Company initiative, evaluating organisations on their actions, both as service providers and as employers, to ensure that all individuals can enjoy the same benefits regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Hiroshi Mizohata, president at Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau said: “Osaka actively works to develop into a city even more welcoming of all travellers, and we were the first destination in Japan to develop strategies specifically in LGBTQ+ tourism. Osaka has a long history of being the gathering place for people, ideas, and goods from across Japan, making it well-suited to be labelled a diverse destination.”

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