CVBuzz April
(Photo courtesy of @FtLauderdaleSun)


TOURISM APPRECIATION DAY LUNCHEON, A SPECIAL EDITION
Join the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau as we recognize Nicki E. Grossman for her invaluable contribution to the evolution of our destination. Join us at the Tourism Appreciation Day luncheon on Thursday, May 26 at the Broward County Convention Center with special guest, Roger Dow with U.S. Travel Association. Reserve your seat at sunny.org/rsvp. $35 per person.


FEBRUARY STATS

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE AVERAGE HOTEL OCCUPANCY

February 2016

February 2015

% Change

89.2%

92.8%

-3.9%

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE AVERAGE HOTEL DAILY RATE

February 2016

February 2015

% Change

$186.65

$181.26

+3.0%

 

Luxe EX Luxe

BRINGING LUXE TO THE BIG APPLE
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Finn Partners, brought the Lauderdale LUXE Experience to New York City last month, creating a lavish beach oasis at The Shops at Columbus Circle. Shoppers indulged in complimentary massages by Celebrity Cruises, makeovers, giveaways and special offers, designed to showcase the destination’s vast luxury offerings, from hotels to fashion to spas. The event kicked off with a fashion runway show, hosted by style expert, tastemaker, TV host, and founder of The LV Guide, Lilliana Vazquez. The excitement continued with the opportunity to transport shoppers to the beach through an interactive augmented reality experience. Visitors also entered for a chance to win a grand prize of a VIP Fort Lauderdale Beach Vacation and a seven-day Celebrity Cruise, provided by Celebrity Cruises. Additionally, popular CBS Radio personalities Trey Morgan and Ghia from the “Trey and Ghia Show” on FRESH 102.7, participated in one of the Saturday afternoon fashion shows. Nicki E. Grossman also hosted a media luncheon at Chef Marc Murphy’s LandMarc Restaurant. Click here to see the photo album.


SUMMER SAVINGS: 2-FOR-1 OFFERS
Thanks to our many hospitality industry partners for offering 2-for-1 experiences from arts and entertainment to transportation and spa to stimulate summer visitation. Visit sunny.org/summer to view more than 50 special summer two-for-one deals available May 1 through Sept 30. Summer Savings cards will be available for distribution for added value to your summer guests. Email Rita Wells rwells@broward.org to order a supply.


WOD

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Congrats to Nicki E. Grossman who received the special honor as Woman of the Year by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce and was one of ten 2016 Women of Distinction for professional achievements and community contributions as leaders in South Florida. 

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB), along with Finn Partners, won the Promotional Event of the Year at the PR Week Awards for the Love is Love wedding. The GFLCVB, along with Starmark, also won five ADDY Awards including Best in Show for Consumer Bus Shelter Activation; Gold for Consumer Bus Shelter Activation; Silver for Love is Love; Silver for Social Activation for the Selfie Towel on the Bus Shelter; and Silver for sunny.org website design.


Stacie

A FOND FAREWELL TO OUR CREATIVE GURU
Congratulations to Stacie Faulds as she moves on after more than 20 years of creative marketing at the GFLCVB. We thank her for her many accomplishments from creating an award-winning website to keeping us on brand with her creative thinking, to her contributions to the many destination awards over the years and helping Greater Fort Lauderdale grow into the luxury destination it has become. Stacie will remain in the tourism industry as the new Director of Marketing with Cruise Planners. Thank you Stacie for your many years of dedication, attention to detail and hard work…you will be missed!


IN THE NEWS
Check out a recent interview with Nicki E Grossman discussing ‘The Charm of Fort Lauderdale’ with Tomeka Jones with CNN, as she explores the beauty of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Click here to view.


Nancy

NANCY SHALLER WILL BE MISSED
Nancy Shaller, with the Deerfield Buccaneer Apartment Suites, passed away this past weekend after battling a long illness. Nancy was a past president of the Superior Small Lodging Association and was a founding co-chair of the first Starlight Children’s Foundation Chapter in Florida. She contributed her time and effort to numerous civic and not-for-profit charitable organizations. She will be missed.


SUPERIOR SMALL LODGINGS ANNUAL REVIEWS
Reviews begin May 17, 2016. Click here to sign up now. To qualify, you must have 50 rooms or less, meet the Superior Small Lodging guidelines and pass the review with an 82% grade. As a Superior Small Lodging member, you will be included in the 2017 Greater Fort Lauderdale Superior Small Lodging directory, as well as the SSL website, the Broward listing on http://sunny.org/ssl, Broward SSL Facebook: facebook.com/superiorsmalllodgings and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Playbook. SSL members can join Visit Florida at a discounted rate and will receive a free SSL sign to display on your property as well. For more info on becoming a Superior Small Lodgings member, go to www.sunny.org/sslmembers.


SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
Sports Development will welcome more than 13,000 attendees in April including Fight Time Promotions MMA Showcase at the War Memorial Auditorium, the Dig the Beach Volleyball Series in Pompano Beach, the Air Traffic Controllers and Canadian Hockey Enterprises Adult Hockey Tournament at the ICEDEN in Coral Springs, and the Regional Synchronized Swimming Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.


Erick MOA Fernando Caitlan 

TOURISM SALES
In March, Fernando Harb attended ANATO in Bogota, Colombia, ITB Berlin, and represented the CVB at the Italy Showcase. Erick Garnica hosted Turismo Total/ Mexico Travel Channel, a TV Show that promotes tourist destinations. Erick, along with Jessica Savage, also hosted Sofia Lascurain, one of Mexico’s top lifestyle bloggers. Caitlan Etchevers hosted a Boston travel agent event and sales calls with the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and the Margaritaville Resort. She also attended the AAA Travel Marketplace in Foxborough, MA with both hotels for a weekend tradeshow with more than 11,000 consumers booking on site. Erick and Caitlan also gave a presentation to the Destination Management Class at the North Miami Campus for Johnson & Wales.


SNAPSHOT FROM THE UK OFFICE
The GFLCVB UK Sales & Marketing team is making final preparations for the upcoming sales mission to Scandinavia, where the team will meet with key tour operators across Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The team also assisted UK tour operator, BA Holidays, with a last-minute FAM trip opportunity to the destination. The GFLCVB UK PR team has confirmed travel dates during May for the 2016 UK, Ireland and Scandinavian group press trip. The team also secured a promotion with international glossy travel magazine, Lonely Planet.


Albert Jazz

MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
South Florida music fans enjoyed a successful Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival last month at Sun Life Stadium and the CVB’s activation area where concert goers were able to take part in the Hello Sunny beach party.


LGBTQ SALES & MARKETING
Richard Gray is attending the World Travel & Tourism Summit in Dallas this week, representing the global LGBTQ market. He will then travel to Cape Town, South Africa to the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) conference April 11-16, where he is a member of the Board of Directors.


OFFICE OF FILM, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes Tortuga Music Festival April 15-17 on Fort Lauderdale beach with headliners Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley.

Film Permits were issued for the following productions in March 2016: TV Series: Battlebots 2; The Balancing Act-Gildan Activewear; Total Bellas; What’s My Car Worth – Season 7; Where Are They Now? TV Commercials: Cartoon Network/Hasbro; Coppertone Sport; Dynacraft Black Ice Drifter Bike; Jets Smarter; Mercedes Benz; Merck; Savaysa. Still Photography: Agusta Helicopter; Bon Prix; Challenger Aircraft; Disfunkshion Magazine; Easter Mini Sessions; Farm Style; Fig Clothing; Macy’s American Rag; Next Directory; Talkabout Radios; Wal*Mart. Telenovelas: La Trailera. Documentaries: Brand USA-Travel USA; Mega Shippers; Tara Lapinski & Johnny Weir Project; Summer’s World Resort. Industrial: Thesis Film / Student Project. Web: Dying Tonight. Other: Box.


APRIL GROUP SALES & SERVICES UPDATE
Groups meeting in April will generate more than $19 million to Broward County. Groups include:
Apr 8-15: Annual Int’l Anti-Money Laundering Conference (663 attendees)
Apr 9-14: ACOOG Annual Conference (300 attendees)
Apr 11-18: 2016 ABET Symposium (500 attendees)
Apr 13-May 2: Passover 2016 (600 attendees)
Apr 14-18: 39th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research & Educational Symposium (600 attendees)
Apr 14-30: Cox Automotive 2016 Leader Meeting (380 attendees)
Apr 17-22: Benefits Selling Expo 2016 (350 attendees)
Apr 20-May 1: Majestic Tours 2016 – Passover (500 attendees)
Apr 22-23: Publix Service Awards (800 attendees)
Apr 25-May 2: American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine 2016 World Congress-East (800 attendees)
Apr 28-May 1: Beyond Leather 2016 (500 attendees)
Apr 28-May 6: American Resort Development Association World 2016 (2100 attendees)


B Ocean

HOTEL NEWS
The B Ocean Fort Lauderdale welcomes Michael Dutton as the new Director of Sales & Marketing. The resort recently opened the South Building of 98 newly renovated rooms, along with the Beach Building opening with another 98 newly renovated rooms, and the new Promenade Ballroom lobby level opened in February as well. The Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort welcomes aboard Tiffany S. Davis as the new general manager.


GOOD EATS
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale announced more dining options in its new and contemporary Palm Court Market. In addition to Tobu and Charley’s Grilled Subs, Pasha’s, Tossed and Versace Gelateria Italiana & Gourmet will open during late spring/early summer 2016. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale introduced weekend brunch and happy hour featuring the artisanal approach, bold flavors and attention to detail.


CRUISE NEWS
Port Everglades broke their own world record last month with more than 54,700 cruise guests sailing in and out in a single day, the second time this cruise season they broke their own world record. If lined up bow to stern, the eight cruise ships docked at Port Everglades on March 13 would stretch 8,245 feet or the equivalent of nearly 27 football fields and extend the length of the new runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).


FLYING HIGH
Total passenger traffic for January 2016 was 22,572,187, up 8.4% over January last year. Domestic traffic increased by 7.6%. International traffic was up 11.4%. Air Carrier operations were 22,794, up 6.0% over last year. General Aviation was 3,416, down 2.7%. Total aircraft operations were 26,210, up 4.8% over January 2015. New service for 2016 includes JetBlue: Quito, Ecuador began on February 25; Barbados in April; Aguadilla (Puerto Rico) in May; Nashville in May; San Diego in June; Nassau in August; and New Orleans in September. Spirit: Philadelphia in April. Norwegian Air Shuttle: Paris in July. Southwest: Nassau in August. Allegiant: Destin/Fort Walton Beach (seasonal) May-Aug.


HOLIDAY SPECIALS
We invite you to submit your celebrations, special offers, and events for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and 4th of July to be featured on dedicated pages on sunny.org. You can easily submit your offers online under your partner login at sunny.org/partnerlogin. If you do not know your partner login, contact Michelle Reynolds at mireynolds@broward.org. When creating your coupons for these holidays, be sure to select the appropriate coupon category. For events simply visit sunny.org/submitto input the details of your event, including location, dates, times, admission (if any), website, and event description. Again, be sure to select the applicable category for your event and also include a text-free picture for your event or a photo of the venue at which your event is taking place. If you have any questions about submitting your offers and events, feel free to contact Justin Flippen at jflippen@broward.org.


GFLCVB TEAM IN ACTION
Check out our team in action at various events and functions around the world. Click here to see.


HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
Apr 6: James Carville, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 8-9: Pilobolus, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 8: Pearl Jam, BB&T Center
Apr 9: Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes, BB&T Center
Apr 9: Chillounge Night, Huizenga Plaza
Apr 9–10: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 10: Paula Poundstone, Parker Playhouse
Apr 12: Symphony of the Americas, Broward Center for the Performing Art
Apr 12-24: Dirty Dancing, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 13: Gold Coast Jazz: Bria Skonberg Quartet, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 13: Expo Alfresco – A Taste of Hollywood, Artspark at Young Circle
Apr 13: Pentatonix with Us the Duo, BB&T Center
Apr 13: ABBA the Concert, Parker Playhouse
Apr 14: Meat Loaf, Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Apr 15: Bob Saget, Lauderhill Performing Arts Festival
Apr 15-17: Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival, Fort Lauderdale beach
Apr 15: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Parker Playhouse
Apr 16: 20th Annual Garden Festival & Bonsai Show, Flamingo Gardens
Apr 16: Florence K, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 16: Air Supply, The Casino @ Dania Beach
Apr 16: Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve! Parker Playhouse
Apr 16: David Cross, Parker Playhouse
Apr 17: Wanda Sykes, Hard Rock Live
Apr 22: One Night of Queen, Parker Playhouse
Apr 22-24: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
Apr 23: Boyz II Men & En Vogue, Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
Apr 23: South Florida Ballet Theater: Cinderella, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 23: By Big Funny Peter, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 23-24: Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo, Broward County Convention Center
Apr 24: Cirquetacular, Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
Apr 25-May 2: Fleet Week
Apr 28: Celtic Women: The Destiny Tour, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 29-30: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 30: Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival

Best wishes,

Nicki Signature

Nicki E. Grossman
President

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