NEW YORK, NY – LGBT Confex’s sixth edition of its International Business & Tourism Forum is set to take place in Mexico City’s World Trade Center from October 26 to 27. More than 60 exhibitors and 30 speakers will take part in this year’s forum and will provide information on the realities and trends affecting the principal theme for this year: “Inclusive Innovation: We create, we innovate and we revolutionize.”
Presented by Scotiabank and AT&T – with support from Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, as well as the Fondo Mixto of Mexico City, which together are proactively working on welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors to the country – the forum is the largest conference of its kind in Mexico and also seeks to support Mexico’s LGBT community, which has continued to position itself as an important part of the country’s cultural, political and economic landscape.
For the sixth year in a row, the LGBT Confex International Business & Tourism Forum will provide a meeting place for professionals and suppliers who see the LGBT community as an important market segment, as well as for businesses that offer an inclusive workplace. The Forum program includes exhibitions, business appointments, conferences, discussion panels, workshops, networking events, business meetings, a consumer trade show and a career fair.
For destinations, suppliers and other companies looking to sell to the LGBT market, LGBT Confex offers the largest and only opportunity to reach thousands of consumers, travel agents and tour operators who sell LGBT travel, products and services, as well as a delegation of LGBT-focused media, conventions and conference trade journalists, and B2B outlets that help participants reach an even wider audience through their coverage. LGBT Confex has received millions of dollars in international coverage every year through its initiatives via ENroute Communications, the conference’s public relations agency.
LGBT opinion leaders, both national and international, will be scheduled to participate in the Forum’s 10 platforms: Tourism, Corporate, Film, Academics, Fashion, Entrepreneurs, Technology, NGO and Media, as well as the most recent addition, Talent.
Speakers include Ed Salvato, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Manaboutworld magazine; Fernando Velazquez, Founder and Managing Director of FV Consulting; Luis Silva, VP, Human Resources AT&T, Mexico; Roberto Vila Quinones, Sr., Communications Manager, Mexico & Centro America, Mastercard; Saul Hernandez-Orendain, Ceo and Founder, Drinkplus Functional Beverages; Alex Orue, Regional Coordinator for Latin America, It Gets Better Project; Jim Mcmichael, Diversity and Cultural Manager, Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority; Araceli Ramos, P.R. and Promotion Director, Jose Cuervo; Mark Chesnut, Travel Content and Concepts Editor, Latinflyer.Com; Matthew Skallerud, Speaker and President of Pink Banana Media; and Aritha Wickramasinghe, Speaker and Associate at K&L Gates, LLP; and Thomas Roth, Speaker and Founder of CMI.
This year’s LGBT Confex will offer consumers the opportunity to obtain a free general admission pass providing access to the “Social Media Marketing for LGBT Markets” conference, the NGO Panel, and the recruitment fair and exhibition area.