Thailand, which recently announced plans to introduce a formal same-sex Partnership, potentially by the end of this year, is increasingly recognised as an open and welcoming place for the LGBT Community. Indeed, the White Party Bangkok is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors from all over the world, including many from our Community in China.
We see this as an extremely positive development in recognising the value of the LGBT Consumer, which in turn can supports LGBT Equality. Evidencing this, according to estimates for 2018 from LGBT Capital, LGBT Inbound International Tourism revenue for Thailand equates to THB 174 billion, well in excess of 1% of Thailand’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Last year, the White Party Bangkok (WPBKK) had over 14,000 people from 50+ countries attending the 4-day festival, making WPBKK the largest gay New Year Festival in all of Asia - and one of the biggest in the world! The WPBKK 2018 was also the winner of 'CircuitX Party of the Year 2018' beating out some of the world's most well-known gay dance festivals, such as Circuit Barcelona, Tel Aviv Pride, Mardi Gras Sydney – and making Bangkok the ‘go to' gay destination this New Year! For a video from last years event, click here!
Thailand is known as the land of smiles, known for its beautiful beaches and scenery and its warm welcoming people. As we reported last week, this year’s White Party promises to be an awesome event, with Top International DJs, including Sagi Kariv and Thailand’s own Superstar DJ Spectrum K.
It’s great to see that a fun happy event like the White Party has attracted this level of support and can combine having a fun time over the New Year with offering value to Thailand from this kind of Tourism, and to help bring about positive change for our Community. Fridae would like to congratulate Blue and the White Party team for this achievement!