Thailand aims to host 2025 InterPride World Conference

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Thailand is setting its sights on becoming the inaugural Asian host of the InterPride World Conference in 2025. This intention was announced by the Director of the Mega Events and Festival Department under the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Harisuda Boonyawat.

The InterPride World Conference is a yearly congregation of Pride organisers worldwide. It serves as a platform for discourse on LGBTQ+ movements and sharing experiences in advocating for gender equality. Since its inception in 1982, the conference has taken place 41 times, predominantly in Europe and North America, but has yet to be held in Asia.

With an anticipated attendance of 600 Pride organisations from 40 different countries, the five-day conference is predicted to generate up to 1.1 billion baht in revenue for Thailand. The conference is set to take place in Medellin, Colombia, from October 23 to 27.

As part of their bid, Thailand will send delegates to this year’s conference to demonstrate their readiness to host the 2025 gathering and to share their plans for promoting gender equality with the global community. Harisuda Boonyawat further stated that if Thailand is selected as the host, it would signify the country’s capability to organise larger-scale Pride events such as the World Pride 2030. The TCEB is also considering submitting a bid for the hosting rights to the 2030 event.

Harisuda Boonyawat, Director of the Mega Events and Festival Department under the TCEB stated that Thailand will put in a request to host the 2025 InterPride World Conference, an annual gathering of Pride organisers from across the globe to discuss the state of LGBTQ+ movements and exchange their experiences in achieving gender equality, reported Bangkok Post.

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