Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2023

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B M & T ••• March/April 2023 ••• 33 B Y C L E T U S R A M S E Y CONFERENCE ATTENDEES A COMBINATION OF TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY AND PARADISE ALL-IN-ONE 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, travel- ers will find an abundance of activities and attractions to enjoy. With more than 1,100 miles of sandy shores, it's no sur- prise 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, excel- lent 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 meet- ing planner shine. The highly anticipated convention center expansion project is underway. A $1.1 billion expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale | Broward County Convention Center is currently underway. Phase One opened October 2021 with the expanded 800,000 sq. ft. center including 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, nearly doubling the size of the previous exhibit hall. In 2025, this sensational venue will be even bigger and better at 1.2 mil- lion sq. ft. with the new exhibit space, a 65,000 sq. ft. water- front ballroom, plus original dining concepts, enhanced water taxi access and a new expansive waterfront plaza with dining and entertainment in a park-like atmosphere. The convention center expansion project adds an additional 525,000+ sq. ft. of meeting space over the previous center configuration and an 800-room headquarters hotel. It takes full advantage of the amenities of this beautifully scenic location on the Intracoastal Waterway, focused on a mix of activities associated with the Intracoastal and nearby Port F L O R I D A S P E C I A L A D V E R T I S I N G S E C T I O N

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