Always breaking boundaries in the travel industry, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions and Visitors Bureau announced last week at the IGLTA conference in Toronto that it will host the first-ever Pride of the Americas Festival in 2020. While Europe has Europride, there is no pride celebration that celebrates the Americas, but Fort Lauderdale hopes to change that. The ten-day celebraiton is expected to include a parade, a beach party, an arts festival, abd social events throughout the destination, along with a human rights conference focused on LGBT rights.
According to the CVB: "The conference will draw attention to the issues LGBT+ individuals face in Latin America and the Caribbean. Although Greater Fort Lauderdale is close in proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, they are miles apart regarding the treatment and acceptance of the LGBT+ individuals in their communities. The event hopes to bring international attention to these inequalities while improving education and understanding of the LGBT+ community on a global scale."
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been welcoming LGBT+ travelers since 1996, when it became the first Convention & Visitors Bureau with a dedicated LGBT+ marketing department. Since then, Greater Fort Lauderdale has continued to break down barriers and facilitate visibility for the LGBT+ community at large, acting as a pioneer in the hospitality industry and ensuring that the destination is inclusive and welcoming with a diverse, safe, and open community for all travelers.