Proud Experiences Reception Shines with Pride

JW Marriott Essex House New York

The JW Marriott Essex House New York beamed with pride while hosting a reception for Proud Experiences (a travel tradeshow focusing on the LGBTQ+ industry) last year, in June 2022. The hotel hired Kaleidoscope Vue Consulting who created “A Night in Versailles” themed evening.

Upon arrival at the hotel, guests saw a welcoming mural spelling ESSEX HOUSE with pride color roses, which was displayed in the lobby for the entire month of June.

When the 200+ guests entered the majestic ballroom, they were invited to jump into a “living picture frame” including lush florals in the pride colors along with models dressed in 17th century French period costumes.

Other installations included a Rose Bar and a photo booth with Versailles’s famous Hall of Mirrors as a backdrop.

The highlight of the evening was a special show featuring former contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race – Shannel, MizCracker, and Willam.

The hotel received rave reviews from guests as well as the organizers of Proud Experiences.

“I cannot thank the team at the Essex House enough for producing such a memorable evening for our attendees. From the event décor, the food and beverage offerings and the top-notch entertainment… all far surpassed our wildest expectations. More importantly, we felt welcomed by the hotel for creating such an inclusive event for all.”
Simon Mayle, Event Director, Proud Experiences

PROUD Experiences is an annual 3 day conference that brings together colleagues from the travel & lifestyle sectors to expand their LGBTQ+ understanding and connect with like-minded peers through education, engagement and connections.