Omaha, Nebraska, May 22, 2015: San Francisco, California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been selected as the host cities for upcoming International Gay Bowling Organization® (IGBO®) Conferences. IGBO conducts conferences on a semi-annual basis to convene representatives from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bowling leagues and tournaments worldwide.
The city of San Francisco, California was selected over Milwaukee, Wisconsin to become the destination for the IGBO Mid-Year Conference and Tournament in November 2016. The committee announced the theme as “Tales of the City” with plans to incorporate elements from the book throughout the conference. IGBO Mid-Year 2016 will take place November 8-14, 2015.
The city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was selected as the host city for the IGBO Annual Conference and Tournament for May 2017. The bid committee presented a bid themed “Hello Sunny” where they highlighted their city as a prime destination.
“South Florida over the Memorial Day weekend is like paradise with beautiful sunny weather, warm tropical breezes, and the world class beaches. South Florida ranks as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Our community has hundreds of LGBT owned and operated businesses, including hotels, retail establishments, nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Fort Lauderdale prides itself on being a diverse and safe destination for all visitors.”
Each bid to host the conference was assembled by local bowlers their respective cities. Each committee traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, host of the 35th IGBO Annual Conference to present their bid before the IGBO General Membership with representation from United States, Canada and Australia.