Orlando is hoping to host the 2018 Gay Games and to make things, shall we say, a bit more “magical,” they would like to schedule them within the same month as Epcot's Food & Wine Festival; Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights; and Orlando's Come Out with Pride week.
Sound like a trip worth taking? Orlando's new gay visitors bureau hopes so.
The “Gay Games,” which, like the Olympics, is held every four years, draws thousands of athletes from dozens of countries.
"We've estimated over 200,000 attendees over a seven- to 10-day period," said Mikael Audebert, executive director Converge Orlando, which markets itself as “Orlando Gay Travel” and is the official LGBT Convention & Visitors Bureau for Orlando and Central Florida.
"We are going to work with the entire region to make this happen."
To date, the only featured LGBT event that draws a crowd to Orlando is Disney's “Gay Days” in early June. It's been estimated that Gay Days brings in over 100,000 visitors throughout the week long event but Converge Orlando hopes to bring gay travelers to the Central Florida region more often than once a year.
It's being reported that Orlando is one of 15 cities which bid for the 2018 Gay Games. The next host city will be announced in 2014 at the Gay Games in Cleveland.