International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Welcomes Starwood Hotels and Resorts as a New Global Partner
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association announced that Starwood Hotels and Resorts has been named a global partner, which places them among the elite group of brands that have pledged year-round support for the association and LGBTwelcoming travel.
“Starwood Hotels & Resorts has always been ‘out’ about our support of the LGBT community, especially as this relates to our associates and hotel guests,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader for W Hotels Worldwide. “It is our goal to create an environment where everyone feels invited, embraced, valued and respected – it is simply the right thing to do.”
Starwood has achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the past 10 years, underscoring their commitment to diversity. Recently the Turn It Up For Change campaign by Starwood’s W brand joined forces with HRC and Jennifer Hudson to campaign for LGBT marriage equality across the United States.
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"Industry leaders like Starwood know that supporting equality and inclusion is good for business,” says IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “It has helped them attract and retain the most loyal guests and employees. We’re thrilled to partner in their efforts to send a welcoming message to LGBT travelers worldwide.” Starwood operates more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries and has nearly 200,000 associates worldwide.
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