The city of Las Vegas is to be the official destination partner of WorldPride 2012, an international celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. It is the first year that the annual PrideLondon has the honour of hosting the WorldPride Festival, and several million worldwide visitors and locals are anticipated to attend the event in Central London on 7th July 2012.

With a series of cultural and campaigning events happening across the Capital in the run up to the parade day, the Festival calendar is littered with a vast array of entertainment events, spread across various venues in and around central London. Whether looking for a gay dog show, art, music or theatre, the festival will offer something for everyone.

“Las Vegas has become a destination of choice among the LGBT community,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas convention and Visitors Authority.  “By supporting  WorldPride, Las Vegas will generate awareness among this key market as well as promote the destination as a whole.”

Las Vegas as a gay destination

In addition to its enormous offering of world class day and nightlife, Las Vegas has a high concentration of gay bars, many of them clustered together in a small quadrant along Paradise Road south of the gay-popular Hard Rock Hotel – an area often dubbed the “Gay Quarter” or “Fruit Loop.” Another neighborhood of top gay bars is situated in the Commercial Center – also home to one of the most legendary Thai restaurants on the West Coast of America, Lotus of Siam, which happens to be extremely gay-friendly.

Commenting on the Festival, Chair of Pride London Patrick Williams said: “Our team has worked hard to produce a festival that’s bigger and better than ever before. Not only do these events highlight the cultural diversity of the LGBT community, they also provide a vibrant backdrop to our campaigns. We are naturally delighted that Las Vegas has decided to come onboard as a silver level destination sponsor this year, and look forward to what will hopefully be a long collaboration together to promote the city to this important market.”

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