History and culture are major attractions in Greater Fort Lauderdale, the destination of choice for African American travelers and high-profile national organizations, and Caribbean Islanders continue to add international spice to the area’s growing multicultural appeal.
In Broward County, one of the most diverse places in the U.S., more than 80 countries and 20 languages are represented, and in the Caribbean hub of Central Broward visitors encounter a mix of accents and cultures with Spanish, English, Dutch, French, and Haitian Creole roots.
Special events such as Unifest in Lauderdale Lakes have already become a tradition highlighting the culture and history of the islands. The festival of costume parades, flags, and storytelling griots serves as a prelude every year to celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month in June.
In August, Central Broward will also become a hub for fans of the internationally-renowned sport of cricket as the Jamaica Tallawahs becomes Broward County’s home team and begins playing the majority of their games at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. The team has signed a 15- year agreement with the county to play matches and stage international events.
The stadium is the only facility in the U.S. certified for international cricket, the second most-watched sport outside of soccer and viewed by an audience that has grown to 220 million internationally in 101 countries.
More than 10,000 fans are expected to travel from all over the world to Broward County to view matches with teams from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St, Lucia throughout the month as well as special events such as the West Indian-Bangladesh match.
The 2018 Synergy Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism in Greater Fort Lauderdale highlighted this growing multicultural diversity and richness of resources that the area offers. Industry power players from around Florida and other parts of the U.S. and locals converged on Central Broward at the summit to explore opportunities for diverse cultural communities to tap into the multimillion-dollar tourism industry.