Conference Appearances

HospitableMe team members and content appear on stage at conferences all over the world. These listings include past and upcoming appearances, and links to conference video or agendas where available.

January 2020 New York Times Travel Show LGBTQ+ Pavilion
Kenny Porpora and Ed Salvato present Everyone Welcome for the tourism trade on Friday. Ed Salvato moderates an LGBTQ+ Travel Safety panel on Saturday.

January 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders San Francisco
Billy Kolber and Ed Salvato to present on making meetings more welcoming to diverse attendees.

November 2019 8th Annual SHESummit
Ed Salvato to moderate a panel of DE&I (diversity, equity & inclusion) experts on creating inclusive spaces.

November 2019 STAY WYSE Hostel Business Conference
Ed Salvato to present on gender diversity issues for youth accommodations.

October 2019 Connect THRIVE Summit
Billy Kolber to introduce power networking appointments and moderate Q&A with Leah Chandler, CMO of Discover Puerto Rico and Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company.

September 2019 Annual Conference on Tourism
Ed Salvato to present on diversity and inclusion to Puerto Rico hospitality providers. 

September 2019 The LGBT+ Travel Symposium Thailand
Billy Kolber to present a 4-hour MasterClass on welcoming LGBT+ Guests for hotel management.

August 2019 GBTA Global Convention
Billy Kolber presents Welcoming LGBTQ+ Travelers: The New Language of Respect

June 2019 PROUD Experiences NYC
Ed Salvato and Billy Kolber present the closing MasterClass.

June 2019 Adventure Elevate
Ed Salvato moderates 2.-hour panel with Meg Cale and Zach Moses on Marketing to and Welcoming LGBTQ Guests for Travel Trade.

May 2019 IGLTA Global Convention
Kenny Porpora is co-emcee of the convention; Billy Kolber delivers his second TED-style IGLTA Travel Talk “The Future is Genderless.”

April 2019 World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit
Billy Kolber featured panelist on the mainstage discussion of diverse travelers.

March 2019 ITB LGBT+ Travel Pavilion
Ed Salvato moderates all three days of conference content. Ed, Billy Kolber and Kenny Porpora lead the following sessions:
1. All Eyes on World Pride: Destinations Leveraging Big LGBT+ Events to Create Lasting Change
2. Tinkering With the Hospitality Gene: How Training focusing on LGBTQ Travelers Will Provide Better Service to All Customers
3. The Pink Crystal Ball: The Future of LGBT+ Tourism & Hospitality Marketing.

March 2019 Puerto Rico Hoteliercon
Billy Kolber and Kenny Porpora present Everyone Welcome for small hotel owners and managers.

February 2019 
Illinois Governor’s Annual Conference on Travel & Tourism Ed Salvato presents Achieving Success in the LGBTQ Market.

March 2019 NYC & Company Annual Meeting
Ed Salvato moderates panel on the Future of LGBTQ Media with leading queer journalist/influencers to trade, industry and media.

December 2018 CMI’s 19th Annual LGBTQ Tourism Forum
Ed Salvato conducts Q&A with Leah Chandler, CMO of Discover Puerto Rico. 

November 2018 NYC & Company NYC Talks
Ed Salvato, Billy Kolber and Kenny Porpora deliver Everyone Welcome to NYC & Company members.

June 2018 PROUD Experiences London
Ed Salvato presents MasterClass on Understanding Gender Diverse Guests at inaugural PROUD conference.

February 2018 Illinois Governor’s Annual Conference on Travel & Tourism
Ed Salvato presents the impact of increasing gender diversity on hospitality.