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March / April 2020

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B M & T ••• March/April 2020 ••• 18 FLORIDA'S AMBIANCE OFFERS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES A COMBINATION OF TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY AND PARADISE ALL-IN-ONE BY CLETUS RAMSEY FORT LAUDERDALE Fort Lauderdale is one of Florida's most beautiful desti- nations, offering meeting planners plenty of options for a meeting or gathering of just about any size. From large 1,000+ delegate con- ferences to weddings and family reunions this beach city has got you covered. A $1 billion expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center District is underway. In 2023 this sensa- M illions of people from all over the world flock to Florida each year, and it's no wonder. The Sunshine State's combination of sunny beaches, wild swamps, theme parks, and sizzling cities make it a top-notch travel des- tination, especially when cold weather grips many other places. Year-round, travelers will find an abundance of activities and attractions to enjoy. With more than 1,100 miles of sandy shores, it's no surprise that Florida's beaches consistently rank among the nation's best. The state's vast coastline means that visitors can find any type of beach they enjoy. From secluded areas teeming with wildlife to crowd-pleasing beaches lined with resorts, restaurants, and hot clubs, Florida has it all. You'll also find boardwalks with carnival rides, lighthouses, excellent beach combing spots (where you may even pick up a gold dou- bloon), historic forts, and quaint beach towns home to vibrant artist communities. Florida offers incredible value, beautiful weather, and unbelievable settings for your next meeting and/or event!

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