Planning your holidays around your favorite gay sports? Here’s GSN’s guide to what’s in store
The world of LGBT sport is increasingly busy, with an ever-growing number of national and international single and multi-sport tournaments on offer.
One of the key drivers for this is the tourism value that can be created by an LGBT sports tournament, and major cities around the world are actively supporting local clubs and organizations to host events and attract international visitors.
In 2013 the World Outgames will be held in Antwerp. Organizers are hoping to attract nearly 10,000 competitors.
Also in 2013 the US city of Seattle will host the annual championship of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA).
And 2014 is a Gay Games year with the world’s LGBT athletes traveling to Cleveland.
Looking a bit further ahead GLISA (the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association) – the organization that runs the World Outgames every four years – has just announced which cities are bidding to hold its event in 2017.
Paul Brummitt, chairperson of GLISA’s selection committee, has confirmed that the cities bidding to host the 2017 World Outgames are:
So let’s take a look at each of these cities and assess some of the pros and cons for the LGBT sports lovers of the world.
So it’s clear that each of the competing cities have their merits and their attractions to the international traveler.
The next step in this process is to announce a short list of the bidding cities – indications are that the cities that have been successfully shortlisted will be announced in December 2012.
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