AWARDS & PRESS
Clark is regularly sought out to comment on the development of LGBTQ+ tourism in the world. He has participated in interviews, led round-table conversations and moderated panel discussions at tourism salons and conferences around the globe. In October 2021, he was named "LGBT+ Role Model" by the French association, L'Autre Cercle.
13 July 2023 - Clark Massad, IGLTA Vice President - Global Partnerships, spoke with Chloé Consigny from têtu•connect about LGBTQ+ travel safety, providing tips and important resources to help queer travelers make informed decisions about the destinations they visit.
22 June 2023 - Clark Massad, IGLTA Vice President - Global Partnerships, sat down with Antonietta Varlese, SVP Sustainability, Communications & Institutional Relations Americas - Premium, Midscale & Economy Brands at Accor, to discuss and share their insights and perspectives on LGBTQI+ tourism and travel, the challenges faced today and their vision for tomorrow.
22 March 2023 - Clark Massad, IGLTA Vice President - Global Partnerships, participated in a panel discussion at Booking.com's Click event in Amsterdam. The discussion focused on the need for brands to ruthlessly prioritise truth-telling, with a spotlight on LGBTQ+ travel. The session was introduced by Arjan Dijk - SVP & Chief Marketing Officer - Booking.com, and the panel was moderated by Courtney Maywald - Director Marketing - Partner & Industry. Joining the discussion were Rachel Lowenstein, Global Head of Inclusive Innovation, Mindshare; and Brimbelle Grandcolas, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Disneyland Paris
14 February 2023 - Clark Massad, 1988 Graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, was honored to be invited by his alma mater to participate in this video on the importance of DEIB on campus and beyond campus life. "I'm pleased to see that #KU is addressing the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and creating a safe and welcoming campus for students from all diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQ+ community."
European Summit on LGBTQ+ Tourism
8 April 2022 - Clark Massad, IGLTA Vice President – Global Partnerships, spoke at the General States of European LGBTQ+ Tourism in Milan, Italy. Hosted by AITGL Ente Nazionale turismo LGBTQ+ with support from the European Parliament, the Comune di Milano, Federturismo Confindustria and IGLTA, the conversation focused on the important role the LGBTQ+ travel community plays as trailblazers for economic and social sustainability development in the broader tourism industry.
11 March 2022 - IGLTA Vice President - Global Partnerships, Clark Massad, and Richard Tolley, Specialist Team Leader, Centurion and Platinum Servicing, Travel and Lifestyle Services at American Express, discuss ways the new Platinum-level IGLTA Global Partnership with American Express Travel will drive inclusivity at-scale by focusing on authentic and community-based experiences.
12 October 2021 - L’Autre Cercle, the French association dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion, named the recipients of its 2021 “LGBT+ and Allies Role Model Awards.” Clark Massad, IGLTA Vice President - Global Partnerships, was among 26 honorees in the category of “LGBT+ Role Models Executives.”
Click the yellow Role Model logo to learn more the Role Model Awards and the "Read More" button to learn more about L'Autre Cercle. Read the IGLTA press release here.
Trois questions à Clark Massad sur le tourisme LGBTQ+ en France, post Covid-19
6 August 2020 - Clark Massad replies to "three questions" from the French news and information website Komitid.fr highlighting the results of a recent travel survey conducted by IGLTA and discusses the resilience of the LGBTQ+ travel community following the Covid-19 pandemic (in French).
Queer ou Pas? ... l'Enquête sur le tourisme LGBTQ+ post Covid-19
3 August 2020 - In this edition of his web series "Queer ou pas?" (Queer or not?), Canadian travel blogger Danny Kronstrom, creator of the francophone travel website GayVoyageur, interviews Clark Massad about the results of a 2020 IGLTA poll aimed at measuring LGBTQ+ travel habits and intentions, following the Covid-19 health crisis. The interview specifically focuses on the results French sample of the global survey (interview conducted in French).
Queer ou Pas? ... Nice et la Côte d'Azur
30 June 2020 - In this edition of his web series "Queer ou pas?" (Queer or not?), Canadian travel blogger Danny Kronstrom, creator of the francophone travel website GayVoyageur, interviews Jean-Louis Longo of AGLAE, the LGBTQ+ Center serving the Nice - Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. When asked by Kronstrom about the factors that have contributed to the growth of LGBTQ+ tourism in Nice over the past 10 years, Longo specifically cites the work of Clark Massad and the city's Global Partnership with IGLTA since 2011. Scroll ahead to the 3' mark to hear this portion of the interview (in French).
Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
14 December 2019 - Peter Greenberg, known in the industry as The Travel Detective, is the host of Eye on Travel, a three-hour weekend radio program. The show is broadcast from a different place each week, ranging from major cities, to remote locations around the world. The program, now in its 20th season, is distributed by CBS Radio, and features local guests speaking about the destination, call-in listeners and global newsmakers. This edition Eye on Travel comes from the Signature Travel Network Annual Global Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guests include Clark Massad, Vice President of Global Partnerships for IGLTA, who provides an update on the evolution of LGBTQ+ travel (segment begins at 50:30).