SALT LAKE CITY (March 2021) – Visit Salt Lake (VSL) recently announced the appointment of Eddie Canaday, CHSP/CHME, to serve on the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Foundation’s board executive committee, an achievement and honor deserving of Canaday’s long-time support of IGLTA’s mission and his 12-year representation of Utah’s capital city as VSL’s Director of Convention Sales, Washington D.C. Office, Diversity Market Development Director.

"Salt Lake City is a hidden gem for tourism, and it’s an honor having Eddie on our executive committee of our Board of Directors at the IGLTA foundation," said John Tanzella, IGLTA president & CEO. "He brings with him a unique perspective from the Mountain West region, a positive attitude and a willingness to further the mission of our foundation. In addition, having visited Salt Lake many times for conferences as well as ski vacations, I am very proud that LGBTQ+ tourists are welcome and respected there." 

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.  IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, travel advisors, tour operators, events and travel media in approximately 80 countries. In 2012, the philanthropic IGLTA Foundation was launched to empower LGBTQ+ welcoming travel businesses globally through leadership, education and research. For more information, visit

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. In partnership with Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake improves the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors with a strong commitment to sustainability and stewardship of the area’s natural environment. Through its sales and marketing programs, Visit Salt Lake’s impact on Salt Lake’s annual $4.5 billion visitor economy equates to $1,166 in tax relief for each household within Salt Lake County. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to