Thousands came and spent millions last August at the tenth edition of the Gay Games, organized by Paris 2018. The total economic impact of this global event was over 100€ million, according to a study released the week of Nov. 19, 2018.
"We are thrilled that the Gay Games were such a success for Paris and the Ile de France economy. First-time visitors remarked about how welcoming and impressive Paris was, and some were planning a return trip before they even left town!”
– Pascale Reinteau, Co-President, Paris 2018
“Paris and the Ile de France region truly benefited thousands of visitors during the week of Gay Games 10, and we are already experiencing long-term gains. The Village Festival during the Games was such a success that we hope this event will be held every year on its own. Support from the city, region, and state, including Ministries, agencies, national sport federations, and also from 3,000 volunteers, was crucial to the success of the event.”
– Manuel Picaud, Co-President, Paris 2018
Participants were asked about their spending in a post-event survey. Among the results:
● 40% of the 10,317 participants in Paris 2018-Gay Games 10 live outside of the Paris metro area.
● Locals and non-locals spent 66€ million in the main sectors of the economy, including hotels, restaurants, bars and gas stations.
● An additional 41.6€ million was generated in local income, roughly the equivalent of 1,429 full-time jobs at an average annual salary of 29,000€.
CONGRATULATIONS, PARIS 2018!