Global events organiser Reed Exhibitions has chosen London to host their inaugural Proud Experiences LGBTQ+ Travel Expo.

Proud Experiences will be the world’s first dedicated LGBTQ+ travel show to support the estimated $202 billion marketplace. Next June will see a community of like-minded professionals from around the globe who are both pre-qualified hosted buyers and travel suppliers.

The event will provide a diary full of meetings pre-selected by both suppliers and buyers, resulting in appointments that both have requested. The three day international event B2B event will be staged at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London from June 6-8.

The event will kick off with a conference addressing the major issues affecting the sector and international speakers will be invited to take to the stage to address topics including: the economics and value of LGBTQ+ tourism, LGBTQ+ rights and the dangers of travelling to some countries; the importance of Pride and Circuit parties to the sector; the rise of the millennial traveller, and the growth of LGBTQ+ weddings and honeymoons.

Emyr Thomas, from Bon Vivant, commented: “Among the LGBTQ+ community, there is a discerning and savvy base with high standards, spending power and influence. As a travel advisor, guiding LGBTQ+ travellers to hotels, services and destinations that support and welcome the LGBTQ+ community is a key part of my work. A show like Proud Experiences is a welcome addition and I look forward to the opportunity to network, share knowledge and learn more about the work the travel industry is doing to explore the potential in the LGBTQ+ community.”

International travel brands already committed to taking part include: Intercontinental Hotel Group, Peninsula Hotels, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, The Curtain, Corinthia Hotels, Principal Hotels, Grand Hotel Lake Tremezzo and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Gareth Baguley, event manager at Reed Exhibitions, added: “The LGBTQ+ community are fighting for something non LGBTQ+ travellers have always taken for granted – the ability for an individual to choose where they feel like they really belong. This unique event will bring together world leaders from travel and lifestyle sectors to throw light on all the opportunities, conversations and debates, providing a real platform to develop business together with creative ideas to better serve and target this fast growing market, and we are excited to launch the event in London next June.”