GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION AND
HEADQUARTERS HOTEL PROJECT MOVES FORWARD,
NEW PLANS AND HOTEL BRAND ANNOUNCED

Project expected to add 400,000+ square feet of meeting space and an upscale 800-room headquarters hotel

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 5, 2017) – New conceptual plans for the highly anticipated Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Projects were approved by the Broward County Commission, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.   The new plans for the development, which represents a significant increase in the destination’s meetings, convention and exhibition capacity, will add contiguous exhibition space to the current exhibit hall. In addition, the County will begin negotiations for the 800-room headquarters hotel with Omni Hotels and Resorts, as the branded flag for the new hotel.

Once completed, the new Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Projects are expected to add an additional $100 million per year to the local economy by increasing tourism and creating jobs in Broward County, while also significantly improving the “Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center District,” which includes surrounding hotels, restaurants, retail and entertainment options, as well as the adjacent Port Everglades cruise port.

Combined with multi-billion dollar expansions of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, Greater Fort Lauderdale continues to grow as a major player in the meetings and travel industry.  Brand elevation of the destination, along with significant increases in airline service and carriers new to the destination, is also resulting in strong domestic and international leisure tourism growth. 

The Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Projects will add an additional 400,000+ square feet of contemporary designed indoor and outdoor space and an upscale 800-room, four Diamond rated headquarters hotel that will attract increased meetings business with its mix of meeting space, accommodations, retail, and dining. The proposed 22-story hotel will be prominently positioned on the destination’s famed Intracoastal Waterway with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the destination’s airport, cruise port, and famed 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches.

“This is significant news for the future growth of the destination,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The new facilities, especially an on-site hotel, puts us in a lead position with the meetings industry. Our success in hosting many events and conventions annually will be amplified with new infrastructure and resources that meet the needs of the meeting, event and association planner and attendee of the future and bring over $100 million of new annual economic activity to our community.” 

The new proposed headquarters hotel will add more than 73,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as an 11,000 square foot spa and fitness center.  The new flag will be the first Omni Hotels & Resorts in Broward County.

The Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Projects, both of which will be certified Gold in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), will be the centerpiece of a $550+ million Convention Center district enhancement project. Other proposed plans include a walk-in visitor center and intermodal center for public transport. 

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 sunny.org. Get social and engage with Greater Fort Lauderdale on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @visitlauderdale.

Media Contact: 
Jessica Savage
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
954-767-2444
jessicasavage@broward.org