To My Dear Friends in the Broward County Hospitality Industry:
It doesn’t seem possible that 21 years have flown by so quickly. Since being named President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau in 1995, I've had the distinct pleasure of interacting with each and every one reading the CVBuzz, either directly or indirectly. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to each of you.
To our hoteliers: the managers, the servers, the housekeepers and the maintenance staff...THANK YOU. Thank you for creating the right atmosphere and providing SUNsational Services for our guests. Thank you for taking pride in your work, in your specific properties, and in our destination as a whole to provide all the right ingredients that create lifetime memories.
To our attractions: a big THANK YOU for your exciting creativity and taking the risks necessary to give each of our visitors the options in experiencing adventure, pleasure, history, culture and entertainment in the happy-go-lucky spirit that is the essence of Broward County.
To our restaurateurs: you are amazing and getting even better every day (if that’s even possible). You are the surprise and delight our guests experience on every visit as to those of us who live and work here. THANK YOU for experimenting and creating deliciousness within our paradise.
To all 31 municipalities in Broward County: how awesome it has been to represent you. Like a mother who sees the best in each of her children, I love that each municipality has its own distinct personality and gifts to share. Whether you are a tourist destination, or a bedroom community that many of our 168,000 hospitality professionals call home, THANK YOU for all you do to support tourism. Keep up the good work! And a special THANK YOU to our county commissioners and our strongly supportive County Administrator who make it all possible.
To our transportation partners: flying high in the sky, setting sail along our waterways or negotiating the highways and byways of Broward County, THANK YOU for delivering our guests safely to their destinations and making the best first impressions possible.
A very special THANK YOU to my team --- my family at the CVB and the Broward County Convention Center who are the heartbeat of our destination. Your pride and professionalism shine every day.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve, to promote, and to share the warmth and beauty, not only of our destination, but to showcase the talented, caring and extraordinary people who live, work and play in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
It is now time for me to turn my attention to my family, to walk hand in hand with my husband, and play in the sunshine with my daughters, sons, and grandchildren, as I teach them to wave to all visitors with all five fingers.
I am the luckiest person I know, because I know each of you.