Following the launch of trade LGBT+ travel event PROUD Experiences in London, organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced that NYC will be the host city for 2019 to coincide with the official commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the City hosting WorldPride. This will be the first time WorldPride has been held in the US.
PROUD Experiences 2019 will take place on 18-20 June 2019 at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.
Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s official destination marketing organisation, commented: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with PROUD for 2019, having been part of the very first event of its kind in London this week. With the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride both in June 2019, it is the perfect opportunity to bring the international travel community together in New York City to focus on the growing LGBTQ travel market and build awareness of how destinations, cities and brands are working towards a more inclusive travel landscape.
“As we commemorate this significant anniversary and celebrate the rich heritage of Pride, we couldn’t be more honored to host PROUD Experiences in our city too.”
Unveiling the new show logo and introducing the team behind PROUD, the organisers will be releasing more information about their plans for the 2019 event over the coming months.
“We consider NYC to be the perfect place for PROUD Experiences and believe that 2019 will
also see even more participants. This model presented here in London is all about significant
one-to-one appointments between buyers and suppliers whilst also engaging in a number of
educational sessions that bring all of the debate about LGBTQ travel to the table. To keep the
community spirit we also have parties and social events to bring everyone together, creating
a spirit that we hope leads to significant business and long term engagement between
everyone attending this week.” said Simon Mayle, event director of PROUD Experiences.
The global value of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel market has continued to
grow and is now worth over USD$211bn in LGBT consumer spending per year.