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Antwerp, Belgium’s World Outgames Boosts Tourism with Record Number of Participants

January 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Water Polo at the World Outgames.

Water Polo at the World Outgames.

The third World Outgames that took place last summer in Antwerp, Belgium proved that hosting the Games  boasts more than your LGBT street-cred, it also boosts the economy. According to GLISA (who puts on the games), “For local businesses the event proved a success and more than half of the international visitors see Antwerp as a LGTBQI friendly city and would recommend it as a holiday destination.” It was also a record year as more than 25,000 participants came to the human rights conference, the sporting events, and the cultural events. The figure, though, doesn’t reflect the thousands who also attended the coinciding Pride festivities. How much of a success was it for local businesses? “Shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels saw their revenues increase with 15 to 30 percent as compared to the same period last year.” It was also great news for Antwerps longevity as more than 88% of participants said they would recommend the city to their friends and family.  

Be sure to check out our March issue that has our coverage of the World Outgames.

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