The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has given its full backing to Iceland’s bid to host the World Outgames in 2017. In a visit to Reykjavik, GETA chief executive Carlos Kytka met the organisers of the bid and the city’s mayor to offer support.
Reykjavik has been shortlisted with Miami as a possible venue for the games.
“Reykjavik is the ideal destination for a major gay world event” Kytka said.
“Iceland has an enviable gay pedigree. It has a lesbian president, and outstanding record on gay rights, and an outspoken mayor of its capital city who even attends pride in drag.”
Head of Reykjavik’s bidding committee, Ingi Thor Jonsson, said the city and its citizens embrace diversity in all its forms.
“We hope our guests leave with the sense of surprise, delight, inspiration and the drive to bring change to their societies.” Jonsson said.
The next World Outgames will be held in Antwerp from July 31 this year.