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​Maspalomas Gay Pride Boosts Tourist Numbers for Gran Canaria

Maspalomas Gay Pride Boosts Tourist Numbers for Gran Canaria

Maspalomas Gay Pride is celebrated this week in Gran Canaria, and it is believed that over 200,000 tourists will arrive this week, which shows an increase of 5% in tourist numbers compared to last year, and mostly based on tourists from Peninsular Spain.

Maspalomas Gay Pride is an annual event that fights for equality, rights, interests and values of the LGBT community, and has prepared a wide agenda of events for the eleven days of the party.

The first week of Maspalomas Gay Pride focused on cultural events, which then leads to different galas with national and international performing artists, as well as the popular pool parties, which are known worldwide, reports Fernando Ilarduy, President of the Freedom Association that organises this annual event.

Hotels in Maspalomas, and especially those close to the Yumbo Commercial Centre where most events take place, are currently reported to have 90% occupation, but Ivan Rivero, Receptionist at the Hotel Axel Maspalomas, says that he thinks that hotels are likely to be fully booked by the end of the week, as more tourists are arriving at the last moment.

It is also estimated that the average expenditure per person arriving for Maspalomas Gay Pride is around 150 euros, and it is forecast that this huge LGBT event will bring over 100 million euros to the municipality of San Bartolome de Tirajana this year.

Maspalomas Gay Pride lasts until 13 May with the main parade starting at 17.00 on Saturday 12 May that passes along the Avenida de Tirajana towards the Yumbo Centre.

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