Carlos Melia at The New York Times Travel Show

Carlos Melia at The New York Times Travel Show |  New York, Javitz Center |  Yesterday  I had the honor and pleasure to share an informative and educational panel at The New York Times Travel Show on ” Discover the LGBT Markert ” along with colleagues LoAnn Halden – IGLTA, Kenneth Hieber – Gay2Africa, Andre Rojer – Tourism Curacao, and the professional/sassy/interactive moderation of Travel Expert Ed Salvato.
Way over and hour, we cover topics, such us Gay Travel, Gay Adventure Travel, Lesbian Travel, Gay Luxury Travel, Gay Cruises, The Caribbean and the LGBT Market, Africa and the LGBT Market. Three of this main topics were appointed to me as the specialist in those areas: Gay Travel to South America, Gay & Gay Friendly Cruises and Luxury Gay Travel. We ended up the session with a round of Q&A.
By the feedback of the attendees and other travel colleagues, writers and LGBT marketing experts such as Craig KarpelDan Allen, Mark Thompson – MRNY and Edge on the net and Justin Ocean… the panel was very interesting, diverse, informative and funny.
The New York Times Travel Show is one of the most important Travel Expos in the United States, and to us LGBT members of this travel industry, is an honor to be able to present and share with other mainstream professionals, media and general public our experiences, knowledge and tips.
(*) NOTE: At the end of this panel, I was informed by LoAnn HaldenIGLTA International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association – that my application to be a guest speaker at the upcoming 2011 IGLTA’s Annual Global Convention ” Unleashed “ had been approved, therefore I will be conducting an educational seminar on How to develop successful LGBT Travel Blogs. (Ft. Lauderdale May 10-15th 2011). Look forward seeing you all there. Just to had an idea of the importance of this convention, I will be sharing educational seminars with professionals with brands such us Google. For more information IGLTA Unleashed. CM

IGLTA Partners with The New York Times Travel Show

IGLTA Partners with The New York Times Travel Show |  Edge on the Net by MRNY |  New York City |  The New York Times Travel Show continues to increase its annual commitment to LGBT travel, working with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and other LGBT travel experts to develop gay-specific content for its Feb. 25-27 expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (655 W. 34th St., Manhattan).

The panel “Discover LGBT Travel: Hot New Destinations, Events, Tours and Cruises” is scheduled for 4 p.m., Feb. 26. Travel editor and writer Ed Salvato ( will moderate a globetrotting gay discussion that touches upon the Caribbean, luxury travel, adventure travel, cruises, Africa, lesbian travel, and South America.

Panelists are: LoAnn Halden, IGLTA Media Relations Manager and travel editor/writer; Kenneth Hieber of 2afrika; Carlos Melia, a travel agent specializing in South America; and Andre Rojer, Marketing Manager for the Curacao Tourism Board.

(*) By the way the picture of the article is me – Carlos Melia – on my last trip to Stockholm, taken by Mark at MRNY. Read the Full article at Edge on the Net