Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2021

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B M & T ••• March/April 2021 ••• 30 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 destination, especially when cold weather grips many other places. Year-round, travelers will find an abun- dance 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 carni- val rides, lighthouses, excellent beach combing spots (where you may even pick up a gold doubloon), 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! FORT LAUDERDALE The city of Fort Lauderdale knows how to make a meeting planner shine. The highly anticipated convention cen- ter expansion project is underway. The all-new Gold LEED Certified Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will be bigger and better with 1.2 million sq. ft. of space, including 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, as well as five-star food service. Advanced technology will be integrated throughout the property. Plans also include an upscale headquarters hotel intercon- nected with the Convention Center. Six hotels in the Lauderdale Convention Collection offer clustered booking advantages, beach or Intracoastal views, discounts, amenities and are close to the Convention Center, where you'll enjoy complimentary space and welcome reception. The Collection is comprised of Embassy Suites, Fort Lauderdale 17th Street, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel, and the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. With 23 miles of sparkling sand beaches and individual beach commu- nities Greater Fort Lauderdale sets the perfect stage for a number of water- related activities, everything from a barefoot beach wedding to an Intracoastal Waterway cruise, where you'll see eye-popping mansions along Millionaire's Row, the mega-yachts of the rich and famous and private islands. For land lubbers, visit the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. Discover the her- itage of the Seminole Indians. Enjoy Caribbean-style and Latin fusion FLORIDA'S AMBIANCE OFFERS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES A COMBINATION OF TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY AND PARADISE ALL-IN-ONE BY CLETUS RAMSEY photo credit: alkanc

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