Growth in hotel occupancy continues (for the past 68 months) with the highest July occupancy rate and average hotel daily rate in history! 


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Join the CVB’s Marketing Communications team and Starmark on Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30am at the Broward County Convention Center for a review of the co-op advertising options available for 2016. Meet media partners and see what’s new in digital, print, radio and television. Build more market share and increase revenues. RSVP to Rita Wells rwells@broward.org if you plan to join us.

SAVE THE DATE: Destination Marketing Plan Presentation and FRLA Trade Show
Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 15 at 12pm for the 2016 Greater Fort Lauderdale Marketing Plan Presentation and Luncheon at the Broward County Convention Center. See what's on the horizon for tourism sales, convention sales, multicultural business, sports development, film, music & entertainment, LGBTQ, public relations and advertising as we gear up for the year ahead. FRLA’s annual trade show kicks it off at 11am with service providers, venues and cultural groups exhibiting. Click here to RSVP. Any questions, contact Rita Wells rwells@broward.org.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau was the proud recipient of seven Flagler Awards last night at the 48th annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism, including Best in Show for the Love is Love wedding and marketing initiative; two Gold “Henrys” for the Love is Love Wedding in the Creativity in Public Relations and Mixed Media Campaign categories; three Silver Awards for Niche Marketing (Momentos Sunny Travelscape/Latin America), Resource/Promotional Material/Consumer (Greater Fort Lauderdale Digital Vacation Magazine and Playbook), and Tourism Advocacy (Greater Fort Lauderdale Destination Marketing Luncheon); and one Bronze Award for Special Event (“The Beach Looks Good on You” Washington DC event). The GFLCVB also won at the national level, with a Gold Award for “Hello Sunny” Branding and Integrated Marketing Campaign at the U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) Awards, in Portland, OR last month.

Make your reservations now for Dine Out Lauderdale through October 12. Experience $35 three-course dinner menus at 42 top Broward restaurants. FORT LAUDERDALE American Vintage at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Beauty and The Feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Bistro at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, The Capital Grille, Chart House, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge, Dos Caminos at the B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale, Eduardo de San Angel, 15th Street Fisheries, Indigo Restaurant at the Riverside Hotel, Johnny V, Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show, Morton's The Steakhouse, Ocean 2000 at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Royal Pig, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, S3 -Sun, Surf & Sand, Scolapasta Bistro, Sea Level Restaurant - Ocean Bar at the Harbor Beach Marriott, Seasons 52, Shooters Waterfront, Spazio, Sunfish Grill, Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale, Tsukuro, Tuscan Grill, Wild Sea Oyster Bar Grille at the Riverside Hotel, Yolo (You Only Live Once) Restaurant  DEERFIELD BEACH Chanson Restaurant at the Royal Blues Hotel HALLANDALE BEACH Adena Grill, III Forks at Gulfstream Park, Juniper on the Water  HOLLYWOOD Bongo's Café, Elements Bistro at the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort LIGHTHOUSE POINT Le Bistro OAKLAND PARK Las Pampas Grill & Bar POMPANO BEACH Cafe Maxx, McCoy's Restaurant at the Pompano Beach Marriott, Ocean Grill Restaurant & Tiki Bar at the Beachcomber Resort & Villas WESTON Ireland's Steakhouse at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa. Visit www.sunny.org/dineout for details and menus.

The See You in September promotion starts today and runs through October with hotels offering a ‘stay two nights, get third night free’ deal and special spa deals. Find participating hotels at http://sunny.org/September. There is still time to enjoy 2-for-1 Summer Savings at more than 70 attractions, restaurants and spas. Visit http://sunny.org/summer to view special summer two-for-one deals available now through Oct 12. If you would like to order Summer Savings cards for an added-value for your guests, contact Rita rwells@broward.org to place your order. Find exclusive Greater Fort Lauderdale Vacation Like A VIP packages, available through October 12, at participating Lauderdale Luxe Collection hotels. VIP packages include room upgrade, complimentary valet parking, $25 American Express gift card, $100 resort credit (to be applied to spa, golf, food & beverage, pool/beach cabana, water activities or kids programs), complimentary valet parking at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, along with a coupon book and 2 complimentary glasses of Prosecco, and a latte or cappuccino at Paul Bakery. Click here for details.

Congratulations to Albert Tucker, who received the John Wilkerson Distinguished Service Award from the American Tennis Association (ATA), the oldest African-American sports organization in the country. The award recognizes Albert’s distinguished service and dedication to the ATA and the game of tennis. The ATA’s 98th National Championship was held in Greater Fort Lauderdale, August 3-9, 2015, and attracted players from around the country, bringing an influx of thousands of adult and junior tennis players to the destination. Albert was also honored with a tourism award from the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), which held its Summer Conference August 5-8 in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Al Tucker will be traveling to New York Sept 4-8 to meet with clients and participate in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Greater Fort Lauderdale will host Bishop Eddie Long with his annual conference at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Sept 9-12. The CVB will partner with the 2015 Women of Color Empowerment Conference taking place at the W Fort Lauderdale and Bahia Mar Hotel. And the Multicultural team will host a Hispanic Destination Preview in partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa Sept 24-27.

Groups meeting in September will generate more than $12.8 million to Broward County. Groups include:  
Sept 7-12: Florida American Planning Association Annual Conference 2015 (700 attendees)
Sept 8-11: Kingdom Power and the Glory Summit (500 attendees)
Sept 12-19: HomeGoods 2015 Conference East (900 attendees)
Sept 14-18: 2015 FICPA Conference/Tradeshow (1500 attendees)
Sept 15-19: Women’s Leadership Conference (500 attendees)
Sept 17-25: RRS 2015 Annual Meeting (400 attendees)
Sept 18-25: IANA – Intermodal Expo 2015 (2000 attendees)
Sept 19-27: 2015 Annual Xerox FHETS Convention (500 attendees)
Sept 24-27: Splash Takeovers (400 attendees)
Sept 24-Oct 2: 2015 Thomson Reuters Aumentum User Group Conference (450 attendees)
Sept 27-30: Sysco South Florida Market Expo (4000 attendees)
Sept 27-Oct 5: Southern Comfort Conference 2015 (700 attendees)
Sept 30-Oct 5: Comic Con (600 attendees)
Sept 30-Oct 8: 2015 NCCMP Annual Conference (400 attendees)

Sports Development welcomes more than 10,000 athletes, coaches, and families to Greater Fort Lauderdale in September, attending events such as: the United Soccer Cup in Plantation, the AAU Taekwondo Team Trials at the Broward County Convention Center, the 27th State Martial Arts Festival at Nova SE University, the AAU International Age Division Baseball Tournament in Plantation, and Championship Bull riding at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame proudly announce the 2015 Annual Sports Banquet and Induction Dinner honoring six of Broward County’s sports legends. The event is Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Broward County Convention Center. Contact Saskia Fisher at 954-767-2455 or via email sfisher@broward.org, if you would like to contribute or attend.

TOURISM SALES                   
In August, Fernando Harb and Erick Garnica participated at Virtuoso Travel Week and conducted more than 400 appointments with luxury travel consultants from around the globe. During these four-minute appointments, providers share what’s new, what’s trending, and what’s perfect for the advisors’ clients. Erick presented to travel consultants and media at the Visit USA Workshops in Peru, a steadily increasing market with non-stop flights from Lima to FLL on various airlines. Caitlan attended the first-ever NACTA Florida Summit in Cocoa Beach, where she gave a seminar to 50 agents and attended a tradeshow to promote the destination to more than 120 NACTA agents. She also participated in the American Society of Travel Agents Global Convention from Aug 28-Sept 2 in Washington, D.C. Justin Flippen continues to represent the CVB on the Broward100 project. The Broward100 Art of Community Programming Committee, of which Justin is a member, has approved the latest VisualEYES mural artwork design to be installed in the City of Sunrise. 

Preparations for this year’s World Travel Market are underway, and will include hosting a pre WTM lunch event on Fri, Oct 30. The UK Sales and Marketing team have been on the road, visiting BA Holidays in Newcastle providing destination training to their dedicated Florida team. The UK PR team is currently planning a UK press trip for five journalists to visit Greater Fort Lauderdale on Sept 17-21.

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's (NGLCC) annual conference had a record attendance at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa last month. Richard Gray, LGBTQ Managing Director, will attend Gay Days in Las Vegas September 9-13; and LGBT Confex Conference Sept 17-20 in Merida, Mexico, speaking about GFL's historic transgender initiative. Richard heads to Sao Paulo, Brazil  Sept 22-26 to attend ABRAT GLS. The Bonaventure Resort and Spa is the host hotel for the Southern Comfort Conference (SCC), the largest transgender conference in North America, Sept 29-Oct 3, with TLC’s I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings, as one of the keynote speakers. Richard Gray is a new International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association board member. If you are interested in a membership, visit http://iglta.org/join. Learn how to reach LGBT travelers at the 16th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality, Dec 9-11 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, with more than 30 speakers in marketing, sales, public relations and research. Register here.

SunServe is offering LGBTQ Cultural Proficiency training to businesses in the Fort Lauderdale area, helping businesses increase revenue/consumer support, giving everyone the tools to be able to provide exceptional service to the LGBTQ community. Businesses in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area serve one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the US.  Become a SunServe Business Partner. Space is limited. The cost of the training is $49. Training dates: September 22, October 27, November 24, December 15, Contact: Arianna Lint, Director of Transgender Services, 954-764-5150 ext112 or alint@sunserve.org.

Film Permits were issued for the following productions in August 2015: TV Series: Art Loft; Insane Pools 2; Talia’s Kitchen – Season 1; Yoked!  TV Commercials: AvMed; Blue Shield California; Lazer Bond; Nuyu Sleeping Aid. Still Photography: Belk Friends and Family; Luxe Designer House; Wal*Mart.  Telenovelas: Quien es Quien. TV Movie: The Lick. Music Video: Doozy Films Music Video. Feature Film: American Lions; Down’s Revenge; Jacqueline. Documentary:  Brand USA/Miles Media Fort Lauderdale Travel & Tourism Video. Other:  ABC News at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

Broward County will reach its 100th birthday milestone in October 2015 and the culmination of this year-long celebration starts at 8pm Fri, Oct 2 in downtown Fort Lauderdale with a grand opening take-over featuring street performers, live music by bands and DJs, a drum battle, light shows, street art, dancers and more. The party continues all day Sat, Oct 3 with the Party of the Century starring Tito Puente, Jr., son of the Mambo legend who brings his twist on his father’s music; Willie Stewart, formerly of the Reggae band Third World, brings his repertoire of musicians with extraordinary percussion excitement; Grammy Award-winning pianist Marlow Rosado brings his powerful portfolio of salsa, rock, merengue, hip-hop, bachata and reggaeton to the stage and George Tandy, Jr. will create brilliant music rich with honesty, vulnerability and raw emotion. In addition, there will be a bevy of local artists and performers throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale on SW Second Street from the railroad tracks to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The pinnacle of the weekend is Saturday night’s Broadway-style extravaganza “WE” . . . The Passion and Rhythm of the People starring legendary stage actress and recording artist Linda Eder, multiple Grammy Award-winning entertainer Jon Secada and more than 100 local artists performing at the Broward Center. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, online at BrowardCenter.org, in person at Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office or by calling 954-462-0222. 

Total passenger traffic for June 2015 was 2,135,608, up 10.1% over June last year. Domestic traffic increased by 7.2%. International traffic was up 22.7%. June 2015 marked the first time that total passenger traffic in the month of June exceeded 2 million passengers. It was the 19th consecutive month of double-digit growth in international passenger traffic. It was also the 15th consecutive month of growth in total passengers. The most recent Airports Council International (ACI) data ranked FLL 2nd among large hub airports in international traffic growth up 21.7%, and 2nd in total traffic growth, up 8.5% (12 months ending June 2015). Upcoming new international service includes: Dynamic Airways now offering daily service to Caracas, Venezuela and JetBlue offering service to Mexico City in Oct 2015, Providenciales (Turks and Caicos) in Nov 2015 and Quito, Ecuador in Q1 2016. New domestic service includes: JetBlue offering service to Baltimore, Charleston, Philadelphia and, Albany in Dec 2015; Southwest offering service to DCA in Aug 2015 and Minneapolis in Jan 2016; Allegiant offering service to Portsmouth, NH; Akron, OH; and Rochester in Oct 2015 and San Antonio in Nov 2015. FLL Expansion Update: The South Runway - opened September 2014. Terminal Modernization is well underway with estimated completion of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 in mid-2017. Terminal 1, Concourse A with 5 international gates, estimate to be completed in mid-2017. Terminal 4 with 12 new international gates and 2 domestic gates, first phase of west expansion opened on July 14 with two gates in the G concourse. East expansion expected to be completed late 2017.

Internationally renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has created beautiful glass wall sconces for Port Everglades as part of the Florida port’s continuous investments in the ultimate cruise guest experience. Also on the drawing board are dramatic renovations for Cruise Terminal 25 that include welcoming amenities for guests. In the last seven years, Port Everglades has completely renovated six of its nine cruise terminals. Each of the remodeled terminals features spacious baggage halls, ample seating, brighter lighting and improved traffic flows. Like its predecessors, Cruise Terminal 25 will be completely revamped to increase its current size and improve passenger processing. Artwork, such as Chihuly’s “Coral Glow Persian Sconce Wall” recently installed in Cruise Terminal 4, are part of the overall experience. In addition, the Florida cruise port invested nearly $200,000 earlier this year to upgrade Wi-Fi in each of its nine cruise terminals so guests, as well as shore operations, have speedy Internet access to upload selfies as they board.

A month-long celebration of cultural organizations that have come together to increase membership and awareness of the historical and cultural treasures in Broward County. During the month of September if you become a member, or are already a member of one of the participating organizations, you will enjoy FREE ADMISSION to each of the other organizations: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood; Cinema Paradiso; Historic Stranahan House Museum; Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum; Old Davie School Historical Museum; Plantation Historical Museum; and Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital.

The newest addition to the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Pure Spa, a Scandinavian-designed luxury spa, provides full service treatments with 280° of unobstructed Atlantic Ocean views. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina the coveted “Three Palm” designation as part of the Florida Green Lodging Program. The prestigious designation signifies the commitment the 589-room property on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale has made to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. And the W Fort Lauderdale made the list as one of the top 5 Most LGBT-Friendly Hotels in America, according to The Points Guy.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has announced major improvements to refine its shopping experience with the addition of Free People and REM French Riviera, plus the relocation and renovation of several existing retailers. A completely transformed food court, renamed Palm Court Market, will reopen Nov 1 with eclectic casual eateries. As of today, Sun Trolley’s free Uptown Link Route will run from 11am-3pm. The route has also been shortened so working professionals will only wait approximately seven or eight minutes. The Uptown Link trolleys run from the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station, east on Cypress Creek Blvd to the Uptown Centre, north on Andrews Ave., to Microsoft/Marriott, then back south on Andrews to the Cypress Creek Station, and west on Cypress Creek Blvd. to the Citrix Loop. To kick off the new and improved route, the Sun Trolley is hosting an official promotion on Sept 15. The first 40 passengers to RSVP will receive a free gift bag and a free lunch at Blaze Pizza, Jersey Mike’s Subs, VooDoo BBQ & Grill or Giraffas Brazilian Grill for riding the trolley that day. Visit the Sun Trolley Facebook page for more info. The Florida Singing Sons welcomes new two new members to their organization: Dr. Daniel Copher, Executive Director and Brett Karlin as the new Artistic Director.   http://www.singingsons.org.

Adrienne Grenier has been appointed as the new executive chef of 3030 Ocean at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Grenier, The Food Network "Chopped" champion, has spent much of her career at 3030 Ocean under the tutelage of acclaimed chefs Paula DaSilva and Dean Max, and will take the helm of the kitchen when the critically-acclaimed restaurant reopens (Oct 24) following an expansive renovation. Before the 3030 Ocean reopens its doors guests can indulge in Grenier’s imaginative cookery at Tupelo, the resort’s limited-time pop up restaurant. www.TupeloHarborBeach.com. Chima Steakhouse is hosting a VIP Cocktail Event for hospitality industry partners on Wed, Sept 9 from 6-8pm. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as you tour their outdoor courtyard and private dining area. RSVP by Set 7 to Melissa Stamolis 954-867-7200 or Melissa.stamolis@chimasteakhouse.com. The Feisty Bull, located at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs, celebrated its grand opening last month. This Mexican-Spanish fusion restaurant is open daily offering a brunch menu on weekend until 4pm. http://thefeistybull.com/

Make sure to check out our team in action at various events and functions around the world. Click here to see.

Sept 1-Oct 12: Dine Out Lauderdale: http://sunny.org/dineout

Sept 2: Rick Springfield, Loverboy, and The Romantics, Hard Rock Live
Sept 5: World Heavyweight Champs, Hard Rock Live
Sept 6: Rock the Dock, Shooters Waterfront
Sept 11: Baby Love: The Ultimate Baby Fair & Registry Event, Museum of Discovery & Science
Sept 11: Destination Friday Aloha to Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands, African-American Research Library
Sept 12: Events by Grateful Palate Presents the Paul Hobbs Wine Pairing Dinner
Sept 12-13: Kids Love & Family Expo, Museum of Discovery & Science
Sept 12: Lighthouse Tour, Pompano Beach
Sept 13: Block Party & Car Show, Marina84 Sports Bar & Grill
Sept 16: Paint Nite® Westfield Broward Mall
Sept 17-20: Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove, BB&T Center
Sept 17-Oct 4: Everest: An IMAX ® 3D Experience, Museum of Discover & Science
Sept 19-Mar 19: Downtown Hollywood Mural Tour
Sept 19: Riverwalk Fall Festival, Esplanade Park
Sept 21: Billy Idol, Hard Rock Live
Sept 24: From Tea to Table: The Art of Entertaining, Gallery of Amazing Things
Sept 25: Season Opening Party with Metta Quintet, Bailey Concert Hall
Sept 26: 100 Thousand Musicians & Poets for Change, Cinema Paradiso
Sept 26: Charity Ghost Hunt, Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum
Sept 27: Soultry Speakeasy - A Harlem Renaissance, Stache
Sept 28: ArtsPark Experience: Jose Gonzalez, ArtsPark at Young Circle