Fort Lauderdale

Welcome to Gay and Lesbian Greater Fort Lauderdale

Greater Fort Lauderdale, one of the top gay travel destinations, will unveil its new 2010-2011 Rainbow Calendar, an 18-month calendar with full-page images dedicated to gay and lesbian travel in Greater Fort Lauderdale. The 36-page large format calendar will feature Greater Fort Lauderdale’s edgy images as well as listings of the diverse gay-friendly accommodations from Superior Small Lodgings to the new W Fort Lauderdale Beach and interesting tidbits about shopping, dining and activities around town. The Rainbow Calendar will be available free in November 2009 by calling 800-22-SUNNY or by visiting the GLBT travel section of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Web site at www.sunny.org/rainbow.

Embrace the beach chic ambiance in Greater Fort Lauderdale and it’ll embrace you right back. Come OUT and experience paradise in this tropical getaway offering a rainbow of activities for every colorful side of you. Whether it’s kicking back in flip flops, slipping on your dancing shoes or relaxing with a pedicure, you’ll find Fort Lauderdale knows how to make you feel right at home.

The 2009 Rainbow Vacation Planner includes a detailed list of over 85 hotels and resorts that cater to the gay and lesbian market, more than 30 gay-owned properties, plus information on restaurants, shopping, nature and adventure attractions, arts and entertainment. From Blue Wave beaches to boating, the Rainbow Vacation Planner is a SUNsational start to planning a “gay” vacation in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

The multitude of gay-owned establishments in Greater Fort Lauderdale includes 150 gay-owned businesses including hotels and guesthouses, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants. Wilton Manors, a bustling hotspot for residents and visitors, offers dining, nightlife and shopping options including gay-owned Hi-Life Café with Chef Carlos of “Top Chef,” Georgie’s Alibi, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Galanga Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar and New Moon. Other trendy places to “see and be seen” include Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

“Our overall marketing strategy includes a strong focus on the gay and lesbian traveler,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We rolled out the rainbow carpet in 1996 and continue to attract GLBT visitors to our sunkissed shores. A large part of that success is due to our diverse local community and welcoming tourism product.”

“It has been extremely satisfying to see Greater Fort Lauderdale surge in popularity as a favorite gay resort destination in North America, due in part to our savvy rainbow marketing campaign,” says Richard Gray, gay liaison to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and former proprietor of the award-winning Royal Palms Resort. “Nearly one million gay travelers visited Fort Lauderdale in 2008 and contributed more than $1.2 billion to the local economy,” said Gray.

“The Greater Fort Lauderdale Rainbow Vacation Planner is an impressive resource for gay travelers and is a welcome step ‘out’ for a CVB to offer such a comprehensive gay guide,” said Ed Salvato, travel editor of Out Magazine and travel expert commentator on Sirius Satellite Radio’s OutQ station.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Rainbow Vacation Planner is also an excellent resource for meeting planners that specialize in the gay and lesbian market.  This year’s planner will be distributed to national and local gay and lesbian businesses, organizations and meeting planners to provide a valuable resource on the diverse offerings available throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Best of the Best for Gay and Lesbian Travelers

Greater Fort Lauderdale has won numerous awards from the GLBT community. In 2008 alone, OutTraveler honored Greater Fort Lauderdale with a Silver Readers Choice Award for “Best Gay Resort Town” and the Royal Palms was chosen by the PlanetOut Travel Awards as 2008 “Best Gay Resort.”

Greater Fort Lauderdale recently announced a joint partnership with the newly launched TripOutGayTravel.com, a new site dedicated to all things travel for the GLBT community. As well as maintaining its partnership of many years with American Airlines.

In 2008, nearly one million gay and lesbian travelers visited Greater Fort Lauderdale. As a pioneer in the gay travel industry, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has expanded and increased its GLBT advertising and marketing budgets each year since the “Rainbow Carpet” initiative began in 1996. In the upcoming year, GLBT ads will be featured in Instinct, Advocate, Logo and TripOutGayTravel.

“Fort Lauderdale continues to reign supreme as one of the most popular gay destinations in North America. With a pioneer Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fort Lauderdale is a leader in the GLBT market,” says Gina Gatta, President, The Damron Company.

“We welcome GLBT travelers to Greater Fort Lauderdale, for business, leisure or with a meetings group,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We hope to grow our GLBT visitors as we get ready to host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association annual conference meeting here in 2011.”

Planning a Meeting

Relax. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau knows how to make a meeting planner shine. You’ll appreciate the unparalleled attention from our award-winning Sunsational Service team. With the 600,000 sq. ft. Broward County Convention Center, you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art meeting and exhibit space as well as five-star food service, an Internet café and elegant banquet rooms.

If you are interested in having your meeting in Greater Fort Lauderdale, please contact:

John Webb

Sr. Vice President

Phone: 954-765-4466

Fax: 954-765-4467

Email: jowebb@broward.org

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Hotels by the Numbers (click for pdf)

Charts of hotels listed by number of rooms meeting space, and largest meeting rooms.

Top Ten Reasons to meet in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information on Greater Fort Lauderdale, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; call 800-22-SUNNY (U.S. and Canada) or log onto www.sunny.org.

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