Greater Fort Lauderdale is business-ready with meeting planner-focused programs, partners and properties aligned to host gatherings and deliver the services and amenities to transform any business event into a memorable experience.
“Our goal is to help ease the heavy lifting of planning a meeting or event in Greater Fort Lauderdale and make it more rewarding for planners, clients and attendees,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB). “We’ve partnered with area attractions and environmental organizations to make every meeting memorable and SUNconventional.”
When it comes to meetings, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a smart choice for business travelers as it ranks top in the nation with the lowest travel taxes for the third year in a row, according to the Global Business Travel Association's (GBTA) annual study of travel-related taxes in the top 50 U.S. business travel destinations. Topping the list of taxpayers' most friendly travel destinations, with an average tax of $22.61 charged on a day's worth of $256 in travel costs, the area’s tax is lower than the average daily tax of $29.94 expended by travelers in 2013.
Greater Fort Lauderdale’s “sunny side up” meeting planner portfolio of amenities includes a highly accessible airport, a wide variety of dining and nightlife, a range of hotels and resorts from luxury to boutique – and beaches and a convention center recognized by environmental groups. The destination’s meetings video is available online and highlights many of these sunny attributes for planners and attendees to feel inspired.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is ready for business with a list of novel initiatives:
· An eco-friendly meetings destination, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s meetings-motto is “regroup, recharge, replant.” The 600,000-square-foot Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center holds Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Gold certification. It is the first convention center in Florida to be LEED certified on any level and one of only three in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification for an Existing Building. Numerous properties are sanctioned by Florida Green Lodgings, a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes hoteliers that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The GFLCVB’s Plan.It.Green tree planting program partners with Broward County Parks and Recreation Division to replenish native trees and green buffers in a local park on behalf of meeting and convention groups (contact the CVB staff to discuss the program). It is easy for groups to volunteer while meeting in Greater Fort Lauderdale with programs from waterway and beach clean ups, to donating to women in need, feeding the hungry or helping build affordable housing. Groups can choose to leave a mark and get in a sunny state of mind or help offset their carbon footprint too. Learn more about corporate social responsibility options at www.sunny.org/csr
· The Lauderdale Convention Collection: Six leading, upscale hotels all within a mile and a half of the Broward County Convention Center to accommodate groups of up to 2,700 rooms in a single, unified convention experience while providing one-stop planning assistance. The Convention Collection can also deliver special savings, complimentary meeting and event space at the convention center, and complimentary one-hour Board of Directors and Convention Welcome receptions, commemorative gifts from local suppliers, and discounts on such services as food and beverage, electric, audio/visual, internet and security staffing. Hotels include the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale-17th Street, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, and the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County
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 “beach chic” 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.
In 2015, Broward County celebrates its centennial with an active calendar of special events, culminating in the October 2-4 Duende celebration in downtown Fort Lauderdale and satellite locations throughout the county. Programming will include family-friendly activities, a theatrical performance and a light show. For more information, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale and Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitlauderdale. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone and Android applications, Fork Lauderdale and Defrost Your Swimsuit at www.sunny.org/apps.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: (954) 767-2444