There was good news from the not-for-profit Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA) annual general meeting at Surfers Paradise last week.

Members were told the organisation is in a positive financial position and is proactively engaging in partnerships with regional and national tourism organisations.

Managing director Rod Stringer was said the board is planning a robust 12 months which includes attending travel expos, building on strategic partnerships, launching a new website, aiming to increase their membership base and enhancing their client bank.

“This will be achieved through a number of networking and promotional activities of which GALTA aims to provide its members with an unparalleled exposure to gay and lesbian travellers around Australia and overseas,” he said.

GALTA also announced a historic partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association which will deliver benefits such as direct free access to their worldwide membership base and site.

The GALTA website receives more than 1.3 million hits annually, with search engine results ranking it in the top five for all gay and lesbian tourism-related search categories.

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