Decorated Destination: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Receives Prestigious International and Florida Tourism Honors

Broward County Boasts its First-Ever Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly and
Seven Flagler Awards from VISIT FLORIDA®

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 27, 2018) – Greater Fort Lauderdale continues its enviable track record of earned accolades including the destination’s first Travel Weekly Magellan Awards followed by seven Flagler Awards presented during the annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism.

“These awards aptly recognize the destination’s creative and strategic marketing initiatives and our advancing appeal as a top tourism hotspot,” says Stacy Ritter, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions & Visitors Bureau. “This also honors the partners and the people who all have a part in creating the Greater Fort Lauderdale experience – reflecting the pride, passion and love in sharing Broward County with our visitors.”   

Competing against the most-traveled destinations in North America, Greater Fort Lauderdale was named 2018 Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Award winner for the "Greater Together" initiative. Additionally, Greater Fort Lauderdale earned the Silver Magellan Award in the Honeymoon Destination category for being featured on “The Bachelor.” The Magellan Awards, judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry, are among the travel industry’s most coveted honors.

Presented by VISIT FLORIDA®, Greater Fort Lauderdale claimed four Gold “Henry” and three Bronze 2018 Flagler Awards.

Gold “Henry” Flagler Awards

  • Mixed Media Campaign – Greater Together
  • Niche Marketing – Underground Lauderdale 
  • Radio Advertising – Hello Sunny on Pandora/Spotify
  • Resource/Promotional Material, Consumer – Digital Vacation Planner

Bronze Flagler Awards

  • Resource/Promotional Material, Trade – Group Meetings Campaign
  • Television Advertising – Hello Sunny 2.0 Television 
  • Tourism Advocacy – Annual Marketing Plan Presentation Luncheon 

The Flagler Awards recognize exceptional tourism marketing efforts of Florida's travel businesses, destinations and attractions and acknowledges outstanding achievement in promoting and marketing state tourism. The awards, nicknamed "Henrys," salute Henry Flagler, the late 19th- and early 20th-century railroad and hotel magnate whom many people consider the grandfather of Florida's tourism industry.  

For a full list of awards and honors won by Greater Fort Lauderdale, please visit:



About the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
The Magellan Awards honor outstanding design, marketing, and services in a broad range of industry segments including Hospitality, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Ground Transportation. Travel Weekly is the most influential provider of news, research, opinion and analysis to the North American travel trade marketplace. It reaches a broad industry audience in print, online and with face-to-face events throughout the year. Travel Weekly is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Media, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.

About the Flagler Awards
The Flagler Awards were established by the Florida Commission on Tourism to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Each year, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help position Florida as the #1 travel destination in the world. The Awards pay tribute to the determined efforts of those who use their skill, resourcefulness, creativity and innovative spirit to market Florida to the world, and, in doing so, help ensure the continued success of the state's most important industry.

About Greater Fort Lauderdale
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County, boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping.

For more information, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit Get social and engage with Greater Fort Lauderdale on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @visitlauderdale.


Media Contacts:

Ivonne MacMillan
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Tel: 954-767-2408

Finn Partners 
Tel: (212) 715-1600