Holiday to San Francisco up for grabs due to Birmingham Pride's involvement with Manchester Airport

One lucky person is set to bag a trip of a lifetime to San Francisco due to Manchester Airport sponsoring Birmingham Pride this year.

Launching today on Birmingham Pride’s website, the airport is offering the luxury trip to its newest destination, which starts on 28th March with Virgin Atlantic, and makes Manchester the only airport outside of London to have a direct service to San Francisco.

All wannabe holidaymakers need to do is log on to Birmingham Pride’s website, and enter their details in to the free prize draw to be in with the chance of winning. A lucky winner will then be picked at random on stage at “The Manchester Airport Cabaret Marquee” on Sunday 28th May at Pride.

It was announced in January that Manchester Airport would be sponsoring Birmingham Pride, for the first time, renaming the Cabaret Marquee. As well as sponsoring the stage, airport staff will be in attendance over the weekend to join the parade celebrations and to shout about its 210 global routes, particularly the new direct route to San Francisco.

Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be working with Birmingham Pride for the first time to support such a worthwhile event.

Our newest route to San Francisco is a really exciting one and shows our status as a global gateway. What better way to kick off the Birmingham Pride festivities by letting a lucky winner sample this new destination for themselves. We wish everyone who enters the best of luck and look forward to meeting the winner over the weekend on our Manchester Airport Cabaret Marquee stage.

Lawrence Barton, Festival Director from Birmingham Pride, said: "Birmingham Pride is extremely pleased to be working alongside Manchester Airport this year on what is going to be our biggest festival to date. We wish all those that enter the competition the best of luck and we hope to see you all there in May."

This year’s event takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May with tickets available now. Birmingham Pride has taken place for the last 20 years and to date has raised in excess of £200,000. It is a not for profit organisation, and profits raised go to local LGBTQ charities and projects.

Manchester Airport with more than 25 million passengers has over 210 destinations served by more than 70 airlines. With a catchment area spanning as north as Scotland, south to the West Midlands, west to Wales and east to Yorkshire, it continues to add passengers and international routes. In the last year alone it has added direct routes to the likes of Beijing, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Mauritius, Phuket, San Francisco and Boston. Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London to offer these routes.

For more information or to enter the competition see: www.birminghampride.com or www.manchesterairport.co.uk for more information on the UK’s third largest airport.