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Sydney has won the rights to host WorldPride 2023, the marquee international LGBTQI pride event.

Minister for Arts Don Harwin said he was incredibly proud that Sydney was selected as the host city, the first destination in the Southern Hemisphere to win.

“I am absolutely delighted that Sydney has been chosen to host this incredible event, which coincides with the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade and the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week,” Mr Harwin said.

“This event will attract thousands of international visitors and put Sydney on the world map as a truly inclusive and united global city.”

“I would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras team for presenting the winning bid.”

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said WorldPride 2023 in Sydney will be an experience like no other.

“I am so excited Sydney will host WorldPride 2023, which according to Deloitte research is expected to attract one million visitors to our Harbour City and has the capacity to generate an economic footprint in excess of $664 million,” Mr Ayres said.

“Sydney is a truly cosmopolitan city with an amazing harbour, delicious food and beverage, world-class transport and a proud history of celebrating diversity. This global event undoubtedly belongs in Australia’s global city!”

Sydney was selected as the winner by members of InterPride, the international association of pride organisations, at the AGM in Athens overnight.

The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. Cities which have hosted WorldPride since 2000 include Jerusalem, London, Toronto and Madrid.

The NSW Government supported the bid with $192,000 in funding.

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