Phuket Bids To Host InterPride World Conference Next Year

Phuket authorities have announced that the island province is now ready to compete for the opportunity to host the 2025 InterPride World Conference.

Governor Sophon Suwannarat presided over a ceremony on Wednesday, signing the Pride & Equality Phuket memorandum of understanding alongside representatives from both public and private sectors. This agreement emphasizes the promotion of gender equality on the island.

He stated that the agreement focuses on enhancing awareness of gender inclusivity, offering protection for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and reducing gender discrimination.

Phuket is gearing up to compete with Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen for the chance to host next year’s InterPride World Conference, according to Governor Sophon.

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is set to announce its choice this Friday. The selected Thai city will then compete against international locations, with the final decision to be made at this year’s conference in Medellin, Colombia, in October.

The InterPride World Conference, a five-day annual gathering, attracts 700 to 800 attendees from 70 countries.

It serves as a platform for discussing the progress of LGBTQ+ movements and sharing success stories in promoting gender equality. The conference is expected to generate as much as 1.1 billion baht.

Mr. Sophon expressed optimism about Phuket’s prospects, citing its readiness to host inclusive events. The island’s capability was demonstrated during June’s Pride Month, with events on June 9 and 29 showcasing their organizational skills, according to Mr. Sophon.

He also noted that these events significantly boosted the local economy, as LGBTQ+ tourists tend to be high spenders. “We hope Phuket will be chosen on July 11,” said Mr. Sophon.

Since its inception in 1982, the InterPride World Conference has been held annually, primarily in Europe and North America, with no Asian hosts to date.