Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rainbow Alliance Represented in Antwerp, Belgium to Promote LGBT Tourism to Greater Fort Lauderdale

Contact: Keith Blackburn


Phone: 954-523-3500

Fax: 888-889-2275


1115 Tequesta Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312



Press Release

Rainbow Alliance Represented in Antwerp, Belgium to Promote LGBT Tourism to Greater Fort Lauderdale

Together with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

Antwerp, June 30, 2010: The Rainbow Alliance and Fort Lauderdale was prominently promoted at the 27th Annual IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association) Global Convention in Antwerp Belgium from June 23-26, 1010. Thanks to the continued support of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Fort Lauderdale is known around the globe as a premier LGBT travel destination.

The Rainbow Alliance was represented by Co-Chair Keith Blackburn of Mary's Resort in Fort Lauderdale and Pink Vacation Rentals. Richard Gray, Founder & Director of Operations, The Royal Palms Fort Lauderdale & Vice-Chairman of the Broward County Tourist Development Council was also in attendance. In addition, Mayor Ken Keechl, the first openly gay mayor of Broward County, Florida represented Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, Florida.

Mayor Keechl hosted a VIP reception and along with Richard Gray, spoke at the gala dinner. They invited all of the attendees to attend next year's IGLTA Annual Global Convention, to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Antwerp Pride was held on June 26 and the Rainbow Alliance was well represented at the Consumer Trade Show. For this event, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored a table and had a representative in attendance. In addition, Richard Gray and Keith Blackburn were present to answer questions, provide literature and disseminate promotional materials.

For the final IGLTA Global Convention event, Fort Lauderdale sponsored a Dance Party for all of the attendees and their guests. It was a huge success, leaving everyone thinking about Greater Fort Lauderdale.

The international press was in abundance and resulted in interviews with Mayor Keechl, Richard Gray and Keith Blackburn. In all of these instances, Greater Fort Lauderdale was promoted as The place for LGBT visitors.

Richard Gray was invited along with 9 other IGLTA members to be part of a Global Gay and Lesbian Travel Think Tank. The group met to discuss the state of the gay travel industry. The next meeting will be at the IGLTA Fort Lauderdale Convention next May. IGLTA will be releasing a short statement from the groups meeting

The Rainbow Alliance, in conjunction with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau continues, as it has for the past ten years, to promote Greater Fort Lauderdale to the world as a premier LGBT travel destination.

The Rainbow Alliance is a community-based not-for-profit hospitality and tourism organization that represents a growing number of gay and gay-friendly businesses in Greater Fort Lauderdale. The mission of the Rainbow Alliance is to promote Greater Fort Lauderdale as the #1 gay and lesbian travel destination in North America and to provide valuable resources, leadership and a unified voice for the GLBT community in Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.

If you would like more information about the Rainbow Alliance, please e-mail to visit http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/ or email us at GoGayFortLauderdale@gmail.com. For more information on Gay Greater Fort Lauderdale on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau website, visit www.sunny.org/rainbow


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