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London to host world's first LGBTQ+ travel show

Proud Experiences LGBTQ+ Travel Expo will be staged at the Saatchi Gallery on 6-8 June 2018

London is set to host the world’s first dedicated LGBTQ+ travel show next year.

Proud Experiences LGBTQ+ Travel Expo, organised by Reed Exhibitions, will be staged at the Saatchi Gallery on 6-8 June 2018

Reed Exhibitions event manager Gareth Baguley said: “The LGBTQ+ community are fighting for something non LGBTQ+ travellers have always taken for granted – the ability for an individual to choose where they feel like they really belong and safely. This unique event will bring together world leaders from travel and lifestyle sectors to throw light on all the opportunities, conversations, debates and provide a real platform to develop business together with creative ideas to better serve and target this fast growing market, and we are excited to launch the event in London next June.”

The three-day event will kick off with a conference addressing the major issues affecting the sector. International speakers will be invited to take to the stage to address topics including: the economics and value of LGBTQ+ tourism, LGBTQ+ rights and the dangers of travelling to some countries; the importance of Pride and Circuit parties to the sector; and the rise of the millennial traveller.
Proud Experiences will also support a programme of 10 LGBTQ+ masterclasses for buyers to learn about good business practice in servicing LGBTQ+ clients.
Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant said: “Among the LGBTQ+ community, there is a discerning and savvy base with high standards, spending power and influence. As a travel advisor, guiding LGBTQ+ travellers to hotels, services and destinations that support and welcome the LGBTQ+ community is a key part of my work. A show like Proud Experiences is a welcome addition and I look forward to the opportunity to network, share knowledge and learn more about the work the travel industry is doing to explore the potential in the LGBTQ+ community.”
International travel brands already committed to taking part include: Intercontinental Hotel Group, Peninsula Hotels, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, The Curtain, Corinthia Hotels, Principal Hotels, Grand Hotel Lake Tremezzo and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
For a full programme, schedule and to apply for a place - whether buyer, supplier or press - at this unique event go to: or contact:

M&IT is currently looking at diversity within the meetings and events industry and would like to hear from anyone in the LGBTQ+ community who has felt discriminated against or suffered intolerance in the workplace.

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