The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) presented Mr Keshav Suri, Executive Director – The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Founder – Keshav Suri Foundation, with the 2023 Pioneer Award, at IGLTA’s 40th Anniversary Global Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico held recently making him the first Indian to receive this prestigious recognition. This award celebrates the innovative spirit and impactful efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that have significantly advanced LGBTQ+ travel.
Under his guidance, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, has revolutionized LGBTQ+ travel in India and beyond. Mr. Suri remains unwaveringly committed to driving social progress through Keshav Suri Foundation. This foundation is a dedicated initiative focused on promoting equality, education, and awareness within the hospitality sector. He was also one of the writ petitioners in the Supreme Court leading to the successful reading down of the archaic Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Earlier this year, Mr Keshav Suri was appointed Honorary Chair for the IGLTA Foundation’s India Initiative, following the first symposium in India held at New Delhi aimed at expanding LGBTQ+ tourism in the region.
Expressing his gratitude, Mr Keshav Suri, stated, “Receiving the Pioneer Award is a tremendous honour. This recognition reflects the transformative influence of diversity, equity and inclusion which are deeply ingrained in The Lalit’s DNA, enabling us to cultivate an environment of acceptance and equality. This has not only opened doors for LGBTQ+ community, acid attack survivors, people from autism spectrum and individuals with disabilities, but has also enriched the cultural fabric of our establishments. We are grateful for this journey and are enthusiastic about embarking on fresh initiatives to create an environment where acceptance and equality flourish.”