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Rainbow Tourism Director named IGLTA Ambassador

Rainbow Tourism Director named IGLTA Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, the world's GLBT travel authority, recently announced the appointment of Mark Proffit, Director of Rainbow Tourism International, as IGLTA Regional Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand.

Tom Nibbio, Global Ambassador of the US headquartered association, appointed Mark Proffit, cofounder of, as the national ambassador in country.

Mark has more than a dozen years of experience as an online GLBT tourism reservations pioneer. He has launched many GLBT websites, including the first in New Zealand,, the predecessor to

Nibbio said "The gay travel and hospitality industries have been immeasurably shaped by thousands of lesbians and gays who have joined together to make IGLTA an international network. Because of them, and members like Rainbow Tourism, gay and lesbian travelers can venture into some new city or foreign armed with information to connect with gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses who welcome them like friends."

Proffit's partner and marketing chief for Rainbow Tourism's North American operations, Dee Farrell, is a founding member of the IGLTA and served as its first executive director 25 years ago.

Proffit and Farrell will be attending this year's annual meeting. From April 30 until May 4, 2008, Las Vegas will host the 25th Annual Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.


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