2019 Line Up

  • 2019 Line Up

    Some of the most creative and current individuals will explore the very latest thoughts, subjects and issues surrounding LGBTQ+ tourism during The PROUD Gathering and Masterclass Programme. We're excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us in NYC!

  • H.R.H Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla

    His Royal Highness Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the first openly gay Prince in the world and face of the #FreeGayIndia movement, will headline The PROUD Gathering 2019 by taking part in the Big Interview.

    H.R.H. Prince Manvendra has been one of India’s main faces for LGBTQ+ activism since he came out and was stripped of his Maharaja, as well as being disowned by his Royal family. Ever since, he opened up his own private palace to make it an LGBTQ+ refuge, started the Lakshya Trust, of which he is chairman – a charity dedicated to HIV/AIDS education and prevention – and has been a strong advocate in last month’s decriminalisation of homosexuality in India.

    Romey Louangvilay
    Head of Communications at ELMNTL

    Romey Louangvilay is Head of Communications at ELMNTL (pronounced Elemental), where he leverages more than a decade of experience in social media strategy and PR. His primary role is ensuring that there is a seamless integration of all marketing disciplines and to provide strategic guidance for the agency’s marquee accounts, such as Tourism Authority of Thailand, Guana Island, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Romey has previously spoken at the NY Travel Fest, Travel Unity Summit, PRNews’ Digital PR Summit, and his accomplishments earned a spot as a finalist in Forbes’ 2016 Top 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising.


    Thomas Roth
    President, Community Marketing & Insights

    Founder of Community Marketing & Insights (CMI), Thomas Roth launched the company in 1992, and has served as its President for 25 years. Tom is now primarily dedicating his industry-leading expertise to head up CMI’s Research division, which produces the annual LGBTQ Community Survey, the annual LGBTQ Tourism & Hospitality Survey, as well as custom surveys and focus groups for a variety of market leaders in tourism, hospitality, retail, finance, beverages, real estate, insurance, health care, government, etc., and conducts educational training seminars for corporations and organizations.


  • Joel Cabrera
    Co-Founder and Chief Travel Officer at Zoom Vacations

    Joel graduated from law school in Chicago and practiced law for over 10 years before starting Zoom Vacations®. He has been passionate about travel since he was a small boy and remembers going to New York City with his mother when he was eight years old, watching his native Puerto Rico shrink in the distance. Joel's travel log includes adventure trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and exotic trips to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, and Tunisia. He is also somewhat of an airline and flight guru and spends almost as much time in the air as he does on ground, scouting the best destinations and venues for gay travellers.


    Billy Kolber
    Founder of HospitableMe

    Billy Kolber is the founder of HospitableMe, a diversity consulting practice for tourism and hospitality. He co-founded OUT&ABOUT, the first gay travel magazine in the US, and ManAboutWorld, one of the first mobile-only magazines of any kind. He and his team provide education and training around issues of sexuality and gender diversity, empowering destinations and brands to provide authentic, welcoming service to diverse travellers, and more personalized service to everyone. Billy travelled and sang around the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, has visited 62 countries, and still lives in New York City, where he was born.



    Ed Salvato
    Co-founder of HospitableMe

    Ed Salvato is co-founder of HospitableMe, which offers LGBTQ strategy, marketing and training for tourism and hospitality. He’s co-author of the recently released Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Marketing: A Guide for Business Practice distributed by Columbia University Press. He’s also cofounder and chief content officer of gay consumer-focused ManAboutWorld travel magazine available via the App Store and in Google Play. Previously, Ed was editor in chief of Out Traveler magazine and OUT & ABOUT gay travel newsletter. Ed is a part-time instructor at NYU’s Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, teaching LGBTQ tourism & hospitality marketing.



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  • Testimonials

    • Now days there’s so many travel events to go to around the world, but PROUD Experiences is going to be a little bit different. This is going to be a place where the best LGBTQ+ travel minds will come together to network and share ideas. You need to be there!

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      • Joel Cabrera
      • Chief Travel Officer, Zoom Vacations
    • I’m delighted to participate in my second PROUD Experiences to share our experiences providing LGBTQ training, which is an efficient and effective way to educate your colleague and staff about LGBTQ travellers. Training helps everyone become more comfortable and conversant with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations in the context of travel, and shows how to be more respectful and welcoming, from marketing through service delivery.

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      • Ed Salvato
      • Co-founder of HospitableMe and ManAboutWorld
    • Tourism, hospitality, attractions, entertainment and events leaders depend on valid data to make important product development and communications decisions. CMI’s 23rd Annual LGBTQ Tourism & Hospitality Survey provides a snapshot of LGBTQ travellers today; where they are going, where they stay, what they enjoy doing, and how they research and purchase their travel. I’m excited to participate in PROUD Experiences this year, and to meet some of the market leaders in attendance.

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      • Thomas Roth
      • President, Community Marketing & Insights
    • I am very honoured to be a speaker at PROUD Experiences because I stand for the belief that no one should be scared to be themselves. Travel for me is a way for cultural exchange, and with fear in place, it’s difficult to explore outside your comfort zone. By learning how to navigate new areas and find safe zones, you can communicate to tourists and help expand everyone’s horizons. I look forward to speaking at PROUD Experiences and hope to see you there.

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      • Romey Louangvilay
      • Head of Communications at Elmntl

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