Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, a place where international ideas intersect with Canadian culture. An international city of warmth, openness, energy and style, Toronto is enriched by the fusion of traditions, passions and perspectives on life of the more than 100 cultures that are found in this city. Ever-evolving and ever-surprising, inspiring ideas converge here; original thought is celebrated, and magic happens as a result.
Toronto is a gay-friendly urban playground that welcomes everyone, with a vibrant gay village in the city’s core and unlimited options beyond. It is a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates, and business travelers whether your priority is location, extravagance or value, Toronto offers it all and does so with a long list of Travel Alternatives Group (TAG) and/or Travel Gay Canada (TGC) accredited accommodations. Toronto is the city that celebrated the first legal same sex marriage in North America. It is a city full of dynamic residents and business leaders, all of whom celebrate and support the history of their local LGBT community. It is a city whose Pride Festival turns the streets into one enormous parade and every parking lot into a dance floor for pridegoers over one million strong. Truly anything and everything goes in Toronto. The possibilities are endless.
Tourism Toronto is the official destination marketing organization for Toronto’s tourism industry. Tourism Toronto (a.k.a. Toronto Convention and Visitors Association) focuses on promoting and selling the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travellers. Officially operating as a not-for-profit agency, Tourism Toronto has over 1,200 members and is a partnership of public and private sectors.
Tourism Toronto is proud of it’s dynamic partnerships with:
• Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
• Ontario Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (OGLCC)
• Travel Gay Canada (TGC)
• International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)
• Community Marketing Inc.’s GLCVB
• Pride Toronto
• Church and Wellesley (Gay Village) BIA
As a partnership of public and private sectors, Tourism Toronto’s other partners include: City of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Canadian Tourism Commission, City of Mississauga, York Region, City of Brampton, Air Canada, Porter Airlines and VIA Rail.
Tourism Toronto, in partnership with Pride Toronto, is excited and anxiously awaiting the honour of hosting World Pride in 2014. As part of a bid team that included Toronto Police Service and sponsor TD Bank, Toronto was successful in becoming the first North American destination to host World Pride in 2014. World Pride 2014 aims to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. With World Pride 2014, Toronto has been proud to host the following LGBTQ conferences and meetings:
• International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) Annual Convention (2009),
• International Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Assoc. Conference (2005),
• Gay and Lesbian Medical Assoc. Annual Conference (2002),
• International Assoc. of Gay Square Dance Club Cloverleaf and Maple Leaf Square Dance (2002),
• International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championships (2001)
For more information on how Tourism Toronto can help assist you with bringing your next signature event to Toronto, visit www.seetorontonow.com.
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