GALTA is a national network of tourism professionals dedicated to the welfare and satisfaction of all gay and lesbian travellers within and to Australia. Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia Ltd is a voluntary non-profit organisation operated by a team of elected individuals who work with federal, state and regional tourism bodies, corporations, businesses and individuals to develop and grow the gay & lesbian market and increase the awareness of gay & lesbian travellers and their needs.

Membership is open to any tourism-related business with an interest in marketing to the LGBT+ community.

Our Mission

To be the peak national body which works with its stakeholders to provide marketing, advice, and expertise for the LGBT+ travellers and tourism operations.

Our Values

To create a financially robust and influential marketing body that positions our ever-growing membership as the first chose of LGBT+ travellers looking for a welcoming and exciting experience in Australia.

View our Constitution

GALTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The GALTA Board of Directors is elected to represent all Members and is supported by dedicated Representatives from across Australia.

Louise Terry
Louise Terry President
0419 743 143
louise@galta.com.au

Louise was voted in as GALTA President at the 2019 AGM and has been involved as a Board Director since 2012. Her expertise and passion is in destination marketing and tourism strategy, drawing on over 20 years’ experience across State Government and regional tourism in Australia. Louise has held senior marketing positions with Tourism Noosa in Queensland and also at Tourism Victoria, where she led segment marketing for the State in a range of niche areas including gay and lesbian travel. She now runs her own tourism marketing business, Kindred Tourism, working with national and international businesses and destinations to enhance their tourism performance.

Rod Stringer
Rod StringerFinance

0416 290 291
rod@galta.com.au

Rod was the President of GALTA between 2011 – 2016 and was awarded Life Member of GALTA in 2016. Rod was the first Australian to receive an IGGY award (in 1995) for services to gay tourism internationally. He served three years as a board member and Director of Tourism Noosa, was a committee member of the Sydney Gay Business Association and still proudly represents Australia for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

Ty Sutherland
Ty SutherlandVice President
0429 482 879
ty@galta.com.au

Ty has been in the hospitality industry for many years and currently resides on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Ty is embedded in the Sunshine Coast community and in particular the catering and tourism sector with experience in managing holiday accommodation, restaurants and clubs. Ty is also a popular marriage celebrant on the Sunshine Coast too. Having been a member of GALTA for a long time we welcome Ty to the board to be able to share and implement the vision of GALTA.

Gerry Bourke
Gerry BourkeSecretary
0432 351 533
gerry@galta.com.au

Gerry has been working in the hospitality and tourism industry for over 15 years and currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria, and has been a part of the GALTA team for 5 years. With comprehensive knowledge of the Accommodation Industry from large hotel brands to family owned and operated B&B’s he understands the important of direct communication and the niche market of the gay and lesbian traveller. Gerry has worked alongside local and state tourism bodies to draft and deliver the strategic plan for destination and economic growth. He has travelled nationally and internationally to promote destination marketing through trade famils, Australia Tourism Exchange, meet with external tourism representative and built awareness of our market.

Dennis Basham
Dennis BashamSocial Media
0421 109 775
dennis@galta.com.au

Dennis officially joined GALTA in 2011 as Director and Company Secretary and also volunteered previously introducing tourism products to GALTA.

Dennis has a long career in the airline & tourism industry spanning over 25 years and is current Global Head of Sales for On The Go Tours. Previous roles include Country Manager APAC for Back-Roads Touring, General Manager Australia for Scoot Airlines, 15 years with Virgin Australia in various commercial roles, Ansett Airlines and various hotel positions.

Dennis enjoys all things about travelling and connecting with the community and was welcomed as a Life Member at the 2018 AGM.

TEAM MEMBERS

Alex Baker
Alex BakerMember Liaison
0419 113 036
development@visitgayaustralia.com.au

Alex currently lives on the Sunshine Coast, originally from Victoria where she worked for Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the capacity of restructuring the membership database and working closely with the change management contractors.

Since living on the Sunshine Coast she has been involved with the local LGBTI+ community, IDAHOT, Pride Network, as well as an organiser and treasurer of the annual Noosa Rainbow River Festival event.

She brings extensive administrative experience in both the not-for-profit and commercial business sectors.

Sean Hodges-Colavitto
Sean Hodges-ColavittoSocial Media and Newsletter
0435 555 868
sean@galta.com.au

Sean has developed a successful career in tourism over the past 14 years spanning many facets of the industry encompassing roles in revenue management, food and beverage, front office, reservations, sales and guest services across a range of properties throughout Queensland. He has a Bachelor of Tourism Management from James Cook University, a Certificate III in Hospitality Operations and a Certificate of Hotel Revenue Management from Cornell University.

Sean has completed the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Young Professionals Mentoring Program, has judged and mentored high school students undertaking QTIC’s Salute to Excellence Program and in 2018 was appointed a Young Tourism Leader by Hon Kate Jones MP of the Queensland Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games Since 2015 Sean has been a volunteer with GALTA as an individual and as a business member representative, and was pleased to accept a formal role with the organisation in 2019.

GALTA REPRESENTATIVES

Jay Horne
Jay HorneNorth QLD Representative
0438 188 398
jay@galta.com.au

Founder of FNQ Magazine and go2gaycairns.com. Nominations and Awards: 2014 – FNQ Magazine – finalist, Best Non-Daily Publications in the QLD Multi-Media Awards, 2005 – Nominated for Australian Of The Year, 2003 – Announced as Mr All Queensland – Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

Peter Glennie-Carr
Peter Glennie-CarrWA Representative
+61 448 866 977
peter@galta.com.au

For the past fourteen years Peter has managed Waterfront Dunsborough – thirteen prestige holiday homes located in the south west region of W.A.

Peter has been in the industry since 1984, starting at Merlin Hotels in Malaysia.

Peter has also worked in Perth, Sydney, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra and Auckland, and he knows his way around a hotel, at every level! He has won many awards for his work.

He is a founding committee member of Busselton Pride (WA). He has two degrees.

Adam Bold
Adam BoldSydney and NSW Representative
+61 412 358 249
adam@galta.com.au

Adam is the Founding Director of Points of Difference Travel & Events, a boutique tours, events and travel business based in Sydney and operating since 2008.

He is an active member of the Australian LGBT+ community with memberships including Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA), Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) and Melbourne’s Gay & Lesbian Organisation of Business & Enterprise (GLOBE).

Adam’s vision is to create legendary, exciting and memorable tour and travel experiences, with a touch of sophistication. He does this by developing, creating and sourcing the best products, suppliers and properties to work with, adding a fabulous gay layer to their standards. His guests experience safe, welcoming and fun environments, for like-minded people, particularly members of the gay community, both locally and internationally.

His favourite events to produce include Gay Ski Week Australia and the Celebration NYE party on Sydney Harbour.

He’s looking forward to connecting with GALTA members in Sydney and beyond as the industry recovers and grows in the new normal.

Nathan Fleming
Nathan FlemingWhitsundays Representative
+61 401 075 693
nathan@galta.com.au

Nathan has worked in the tourism and hospitality sector for the past 20 years, managing backpacker hostels/bars/nightclubs and also as a travel agent, and brings a wealth of tourism marketing and social media knowledge.

For the past 7 years he has been the Sales Captain for multi-award winning companies Ocean Rafting in the stunning Whitsundays and Ocean Safari in Cape Tribulation in far North Queensland, locally owned and family operated for over 23 years.

He is also on the board of the Airlie Beach Backpacker Assoc (ABBA) and has been working with Whitsundays tourism and hospitality operators since 2008.

He was on the board of Adventure Queensland for a few years and in 2018 was voted Tourism Industry Legend by his peers at the Adventure Tourism Awards – Australia and New Zealand.

Alex Thatcher
Alex ThatcherACT Representative
0412 309 992
alex@galta.com.au

Director and Editor at Fuse Magazine. FUSE Magazine not only brings a community together, but has also created an exceptional opportunity for business, government and community groups to connect to the gay and lesbian demographic in Canberra and Australia. Fuse is a vibrant Australian gay and lesbian lifestyle magazine (GLBTI).