June 20, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Pride and San Francisco Travel jointly announced today that they are launching a historic cooperative partnership between the two organizations. The formal signing will take place at a breakfast on June 21, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. hosted by JDV’s Peter Gamez at the Hotel Rex (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102).
The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration is to educate the world, commemorate LGBT heritage, celebrate its culture, and liberate LGBT people. The mission of San Francisco Travel is to enhance the local economy by marketing San Francisco and the Bay Area as the premier destination for conventions, meetings, events and leisure travel.
“I am very humbled and proud of this new strategic partnership which will enhance both iconic brands and expand upon each group’s success moving forward around a common goal of providing the most inspiring and entertaining experience to visitors to San Francisco which is truly a global destination,” stated Earl Plante, San Francisco Pride CEO.
“Through our new innovative partnership, San Francisco Travel will work more closely with San Francisco Pride than ever before,” said Joe D’Alessandro, San Francisco Travel president and CEO. “Pride is one of San Francisco’s largest visitor events. This partnership is a very exciting and unparalleled opportunity for us to work together to grow Pride activities throughout the year.”
This year’s SF Pride Parade and Celebration theme is ‘Embrace, Encourage, Empower.’ “As the LGBT community and its many allies eagerly anticipate the United States’ Supreme Court’s upcoming rulings on marriage equality and DOMA during LGBT Pride Month, we expect to welcome over one million visitors to San Francisco on this particularly momentous occasion. We look forward to an amazing pride celebration June 29-30 and encourage everyone to come join us,” says Mr. Plante.
The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $8.9 billion annually for the local economy and supports over 74,000 jobs.
The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visitwww.sanfrancisco.travel.
About the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade – held over the weekend of June 29 and 30. With more than 250 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and 21 community-run stages and venues, SF Pride Celebration and Parade is not only the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation, but it is also the second largest in the world behind only Sydney. SF Pride was also recently placed on the top of the list by Bay Area Reporter readers as being one of the 2013 “Best of the Gays.” The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information, visit sfpride.org.