Greater Fort Lauderdale’s assortment of adventures awaits you. Whether you want to relax on the beach as the sound of the waves lulls you to sleep or get your heart pumping on a zippy jet ski or helicopter, there are plenty of things to do. While we are famous for our 24 miles of powdery golden sand, Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida has something for everyone from the budget traveler to the posh jetsetter with its thriving hospitality scene, unique neighborhoods, natural wonders and wildlife.
11 Feb 23NEWS
Tracy Vaughan, SVP Global Trade Development at Visit LauderdaleTracy Vaughan, SVP Global Trade Development at Visit Lauderdale, spoke to Graham McKenzie in ...Read moreTracy Vaughan, SVP Global Trade Development at Visit Lauderdale - News & announcementsTracy Vaughan, SVP Global Trade Development at Visit Lauderdale, spoke to Graham McKenzie in London about her destination and the type of tourists that they are trying to attract.
15 Jul 22Partner News
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15 Jun 22Partner News
Summer Fun Is Here with Events, Deals and More – Visit LauderdaleHOW TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH There’s no better place to celebrate pride ...Read moreSummer Fun Is Here with Events, Deals and More – Visit Lauderdale - News & announcements
HOW TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTHThere’s no better place to celebrate pride month than in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s LGBT+ Capital. Here’s the scoop on where to stay and play, wine and dine and much more. Pride Festivities
OF JULY FUNFrom parades, cruises and watermelon-eating contests to outdoor concerts and of course, fireworks, there’s a ton of fun to be had over this holiday weekend. Read on to see what’s happening in each city of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Events and More
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17 May 22Partner News
We Can’t Wait to Welcome You – Visit LauderdaleCARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Plan to visit in June during Caribbean-American Heritage Month for ...Read moreWe Can’t Wait to Welcome You – Visit Lauderdale - News & announcements
CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTHPlan to visit in June during Caribbean-American Heritage Month for special events that honor Greater Fort Lauderdale’s rich Caribbean heritage, including the inaugural Pompano Caribbean Fest. Also learn where you can enjoy authentic island flavors all year long.
12 Apr 22NEWS
New Visit Lauderdale campaign celebrates diversityDestination marketing organization Visit Lauderdale launched a new campaign to celebrate the area’s diversity. The ...Read moreNew Visit Lauderdale campaign celebrates diversity - News & announcementsDestination marketing organization Visit Lauderdale launched a new campaign to celebrate the area’s diversity. The ‘We Are’ campaign includes video and social media as an extension of the destination’s ‘Everyone Under the Sun’ campaign, which was created to welcome all populations and communities. “Visitors to Greater Fort Lauderdale can be assured they are in a place where diversity, inclusion and acceptance is actively championed as an established way of life that is fully ingrained throughout our community,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of Visit Lauderdale. “The Visit Lauderdale slogan, ‘Everyone Under the Sun,’ reflects the open and welcoming nature of our community.” Greater Fort Lauderdale includes 31 municipalities. People from 170 countries, speaking more than 147 languages call Greater Fort Lauderdale home. Additionally, it is home to the largest percentage of same-sex couple households in the US and is recognized as Florida’s LGBT+ capital. It is also a majority minority county with a large Hispanic and Caribbean-American population. “Travel transcends politics and decisions made at the state level do not always align with our mission, values, and community,” continued Ritter. “In spite of HB 1557 being signed into legislation, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a progressive destination recognized throughout the tourism industry for its thought leadership on diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.”
11 Mar 22NEWS
Visit Lauderdale unveils new travel trade platformVisit Lauderdale has launched Lauderdale Loyalist, a new interactive m-Learning training and sales initiative for ...Read moreVisit Lauderdale unveils new travel trade platform - News & announcementsVisit Lauderdale has launched Lauderdale Loyalist, a new interactive m-Learning training and sales initiative for travel advisors. Already available online, Lauderdale Loyalist is a game-changer for travel pros, supporting their destination learning requirements and serving as an ongoing sales enhancement resource. It was developed with the support of TravPRO Mobile. It begins with a series of interactive learning modules including an introduction to Greater Fort Lauderdale and its beaches and communities. Advisors are introduced to central themes including nature, arts and culture, LGBT+ and the destination-wide spirit of inclusivity. Once the learning modules are completed, advisors progress to the Retain section, where content remains available to access at any time. “The Lauderdale Loyalist platform provides state-of-the-art education and sales tools to help agents provide expert advice, start more conversations and book more travel,” said Tracy Vaughan, Senior Vice President, Global Trade for Visit Lauderdale. “Visit Lauderdale is committed to providing resources to help our valued travel advisors do their jobs and in our search for a new learning tool, we were impressed with TravPRO’s Promote and Sell sections that help advisors throughout the planning and booking process.” There are videos, images, promotional callouts, insider sales tips and engaging questions about the lodging and experience choices throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale region. The platform guides advisors with assets that are educational and easily shareable or downloadable. There is also a destination directory with over 500 suppliers to help Lauderdale Loyalists find and book the right supplier. A Spanish language version of Lauderdale Loyalist will be available by late March and the platform will expand with additional languages next year. Advisors can register and begin the web-based program now at www.lauderdaleloyalist.com or download the mobile apps from the App Store or Play Store.
05 Mar 22NEWS
Four Seasons Hotel lands in sunny Fort LauderdaleFour Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale has arrived on the Atlantic coast of South ...Read moreFour Seasons Hotel lands in sunny Fort Lauderdale - News & announcementsFour Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale has arrived on the Atlantic coast of South Florida. The property’s clean contemporary lines designed by architect Kobi Karp are inspired by Fort Lauderdale’s yachting heritage, winding waterways, and lively streets. “Like a picture-perfect postcard, the newest Four Seasons in our growing portfolio will create an unmatched luxury lifestyle experience – from design to service, and everything in between. We are setting the stage to experience one of America’s most beloved seaside communities in an entirely new way,” says Christian Clerc, Four Seasons President – Hotels and Resorts. A Place in the Sun “The opportunity to soak up the sun poolside, spend a day at the beach or head out onto the water is the reason so many are drawn to South Florida,” said General Manager Mazen Saleh. “We’re matching the energy and spirit here in Fort Lauderdale with the sophisticated touch of Four Seasons.” The Ocean Sun Deck is home to two horizon-edge pools and the Hotel’s signature dining experience, Evelyn’s Fort Lauderdale, all fashioned by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. Outdoor spaces come to life with varietals of tropical palms and greenery by Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design that frame the Hotel’s ocean vistas. Before heading out, guests can select beach fare favourites from Honey Fitz, stop by the toys station, and let the Beach Concierge plan the perfect day, including local water sports. Restaurant and Bars An homage to “the lady of Bonnet House,” Evelyn Fortune Lilly Bartlett – one of Fort Lauderdale’s most notable luminaries – Evelyn’s Fort Lauderdale is where eastern Mediterranean meets coastal cuisine in an indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Here, Restaurant Chef Brandon Salomon, a Long Island native most recently from the kitchen at Florie’s by Mauro Colagreco, presents mezzes, coastal seafood selections, wood-smoked meats and fish around the table. Flowing down the first level, Honey Fitz continues seamlessly from the lobby as an inviting and relaxing space for gourmet coffee creations and colourful handcrafted pastries by Pastry Chef Christina Kaelberer by day. As the sun sets, natural wines, grower champagne and cocktails along with accompaniments both savoury and sweet, are served. Inspired Spa and Wellness The Spa at Four Seasons is a sanctuary where holistic remedies meet modern innovations. Taking the inspiration of Fort Lauderdale’s ubiquitous waterways, the Spa Dream aqua bed by Lemi offers the opportunity to float on a warm water mattress while enjoying one of the body treatments from “The Waves” menu, including scrubs, wraps and options that combine body and facial treatments. A 24-hour, fully-equipped fitness centre offers motivating ocean views, while outside, sunrise yoga classes and complimentary bicycles to explore the community await. A Perfect Night’s Sleep A rest awaits in one of 189 guest rooms and suites. They have marine-inspired details throughout, from recessed ceilings and wraparound shelving to brass lamps and polished wood finishes. The result is modern and airy, with a fresh take on classic themes. The hotel’s premier accommodation is the Birch Oceanfront Terrace Suite, named for local legend Hugh Taylor Birch, who gifted miles of Fort Lauderdale beachfront for the enjoyment of all. Boasting more than 1,600 square feet (150 square metres) of space indoors, plus a nearly 2,000 square feet (180 square metre) fully furnished terrace with direct ocean views.
16 Feb 22Partner News
Discover a Playground of Wide-Open Adventure with Visit LauderdalePLAN YOUR SPRING BREAK NOW Calling kids of all ages! Your spring break ...Read moreDiscover a Playground of Wide-Open Adventure with Visit Lauderdale - News & announcementsPLAN YOUR SPRING BREAK NOW Calling kids of all ages! Your spring break fun is here with tons of activities the whole family will love. From exciting nature encounters to interactive museums and much more, you’ll discover that the beach is just the beginning. THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL IS BACK The highly-anticipated Florida Renaissance Festival is back and runs every weekend through March 20th. Games, rides, live music, stage plays, medieval-style ale and grub, the world’s largest touring display of robotic dragons and much more await at this family-friendly annual event! MEMORABLE GROUP DINING EXPERIENCES If you’re planning a visit to Greater Fort Lauderdale with a group of friends, extended family or business colleagues, there’s one question you definitely need answered: which restaurants offer the best dining for large parties? We’ve put together some delicious options so you can savor every moment of your stay. JOIN THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY FESTIVITIES If you love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll find plenty of festivities happening in Greater Fort Lauderdale. From parades and bar crawls to Irish music and food, get ready to paint the town green.
12 Jan 22Partner News
Fun Facts about Greater Fort LauderdaleGreater Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) encompasses 1,197 square miles (766,016 acres). It has a ...Read moreFun Facts about Greater Fort Lauderdale - News & announcements
- Greater Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) encompasses 1,197 square miles (766,016 acres). It has a resident population of almost 1.9 million living in 31 municipalities. Over 180,000 reside in the city of Fort Lauderdale, the largest city and the seat of county government. Visit Lauderdale is the regional tourism organization representing all of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Find information on places to stay, things to do, dining and more at visitlauderdale.com.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale’s climate is tropical with an average year-round temperature of 76°F / 25°C and 3,000 hours of sunshine. Winter temperatures average a mean of 66° F / 19° C; summer, a mean of 84° F / 29° C. January is the coolest month of the year and August is the warmest. The heaviest rainfalls occur during August and September.
- 24 miles of Atlantic coastline beach line the shores of Greater Fort Lauderdale in 8 beachside cities. From north to south the beach communities are: Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale spans from the beaches on the east side to the Everglades in the west. A vast expanse of the Everglades ecosystem provides an expansive area for nature exploration, fishing for bass and other freshwater species, and airboat tours. In addition to the Everglades, the “wild west” region includes the rural horse-loving communities of Davie and Southwest Ranches. Take a guided horseback ride along tree-lined trails, invest in riding lessons, visit the rodeo or shop for boots and western wear.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale’s tourism slogan, Everyone Under the Sun, reflects the open and welcoming nature of the area thanks to the diverse local population. Greater Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) is a majority minority county. The largest minority group is now Hispanic and there is a large Caribbean-American population, including the most Jamaicans in the United States. The area is also home to the largest percentage of same sex households.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale is recognized as Florida’s LGBT+ Capital and as one of the most progressive destinations in the U.S. and is recognized for its authentic, welcoming vibe. Here you’ll find a thriving local LGBT+ community with the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country as well as hundreds of gay-owned businesses, many of which are centered around the Wilton Manors neighborhood. Sebastian Beach, a top-rated gay beach in the U.S., is nestled in Fort Lauderdale beach.
- Fort Lauderdale transformed from a quiet beach community to Spring Break central with the December 1960 premiere of the film “Where the Boys Are,” shot on location along Fort Lauderdale beach, in Hollywood and several other Greater Fort Lauderdale locations. The area made the decision to move away from promoting the area as a Spring Break destination in the mid-1980s. Today, Greater Fort Lauderdale is known worldwide as a year-round cosmopolitan and diverse destination with something for everyone under the sun.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale is experiencing a hotel boom. There is great investor interest in the area, as evidenced by six new hotels that opened in 2020; 10 new hotel openings by the close of 2021; and another seven properties with openings scheduled in 2022, including the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale.
- The area is known as one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in Florida. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is famous as the Shore Diving Capital of South Florida with colorful near-shore reefs and shipwrecks. Shipwreck Park in the waters off Pompano Beach is an artificial reef system including several shipwrecks and other reef structures. The Lady Luck shipwreck is a popular wreck dive adorned with artwork and has been made into an underwater casino, complete with octopus dealers and poker-playing sharks!
- “Venice of America” is more than a humble brag for the area. It is the destination’s world-famous nickname based on the 300 miles of navigable inland waterways that run through Greater Fort Lauderdale, with about 165 of those miles in the city of Fort Lauderdale itself.
- Fort Lauderdale is also recognized as the Yachting Capital of the World. It’s convenient to find every yachting service you might need including crew training and management, yacht management services, yacht provisioning, yacht and boat repairs and maintenance, yacht brokerage, financial services, dry docking, and an increasing number of slips for larger boats and superyachts. And you can’t beat the great weather year-round. The annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, celebrating 63 years in 2022, is the world's largest in-water boat show.
- Locals and visitors alike love the boating lifestyle. It pays to have a friend with a yacht, but if you don’t, visitors who aren’t comfortable navigating a rental boat can find transportation on the Water Taxi or an independent boat charter for a sightseeing cruise or dock-and-dine evening at the many waterfront restaurants and bars. Private waterway tours are available on a variety of small boats and there are even authentic Venetian gondola tour boats.
- The famous Winterfest Boat Parade – currently known as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – celebrated 50 years in 2021. What started in 1971 as a few friends getting together for a fun holiday celebration now features 100 wildly decorated watercraft ranging from superyachts and showboats featuring live music and entertainment to small craft of every size. Over a million spectators line 12 miles of the New River and Intracoastal Waterway to watch the spectacle, which is also carried live on regional television and each year features a celebrity grand marshal.
- Fort Lauderdale is home to the tallest dive tower in the Western Hemisphere. The new 27-meter dive tower at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame includes nine platforms. There are 162 stairs to the top. When the revitalized complex (under construction now) reopens in late 2022, the public can take a “Top of the Tower Tour.” Although you won’t be able to actually take a dive, you can revel in the spectacular view over Fort Lauderdale’s famous beach and the Intracoastal Waterway.
- The first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Florida opened at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center in 1928.
- Butterfly World, which opened in 1988 at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek on the northwest side of Greater Fort Lauderdale, is the largest butterfly park in the world and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades ranks as the third-largest cruise port in the world, typically hosting nearly four million passengers annually.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale dining is often seafood-centric with numerous waterfront restaurants with views of the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway or the many inland rivers and waterways. Popular fresh Florida seafood that can be found includes fish like grouper, snapper and swordfish and shellfish like Gulf shrimp, blue crab and stone crab claws (served in season from October 15 to May 1 each year). Stone crab claws are known as Florida’s renewable seafood resource. Fisherman remove a claw from the crab and then return it to the water alive, where it regenerates a new claw.
11 Jan 22Partner News
Visit Lauderdale Invites Everyone Under The Sun To Discover What’s New & ReimaginedExperience diverse offerings and experiences throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 31 neighborhoods Visit Lauderdale, the ...Read moreVisit Lauderdale Invites Everyone Under The Sun To Discover What’s New & Reimagined - News & announcementsExperience diverse offerings and experiences throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 31 neighborhoods Visit Lauderdale, the official destination marketing organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale in South Florida, welcomes everyone under the sun to experience new and reimagined hotels, restaurants and attractions throughout the destination’s 31 cities. The Yachting Capital of the World continues to grow with more offerings and experiences for those seeking wanderlust. The destination had 10 new hotels open in 2021 including the dual-branded Marriott and AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport in Dania Beach, the dual-branded Home2Suites and Tru by Hilton at Pompano Beach Pier, the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown, which includes The Easton rooftop bar and lounge, and more. Seven more hotels are on schedule for opening in 2022, including the highly anticipated Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale. “2022 is a great time to visit Greater Fort Lauderdale, as visitors will find not only a place with gorgeous beaches, but a thriving and cosmopolitan destination that is vibrant with chic accommodations, a buzzy culinary scene and a diverse range of events in a gorgeous setting,” says Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of Visit Lauderdale. “Whether you visited six months ago or six years ago, there is always more to discover here as Greater Fort Lauderdale continues to evolve.” New & Renovated Hotels in Greater Fort Lauderdale The first two hotels to open in 2021 were Cambria Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, with its centerpiece restaurant Riviera, offering coastal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences by celebrity chef Fabio Viviano, known for his turn as a “Top Chef” contestant. Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown opened in March 2021, bringing 137 rooms into the trendy, arts-oriented Flagler Village section of downtown Fort Lauderdale. AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise opened in March 2021, located adjacent to Sawgrass Mills mall and steps away from the BB&T Center. The eight-story hotel is the first new hotel in Sunrise, FL in the past 15 years. The European style designed hotel features 174 guest rooms, a lavish onsite lounge and a rooftop bar called Horizon Bar and Lounge. Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach opened in April 2021 at the location of the former and historic Escape Hotel (opened in 1949 as the first hotel near the beach to have a swimming pool and stay open year-round). The 96-room hotel offers a tucked-away oasis with two pools, a coastal-inspired restaurant called Botanic and the poolside Good Bar. Tru by Hilton and Home2Suites by Hilton Pompano Beach Pier opened a 150-room dual-branded hotel in June 2021. The hotel features a fitness area, a saline pool and a rooftop deck featuring spectacular 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, the Hillsboro Lighthouse, the Intracoastal Waterway and all the action below in Pompano Beach Fishing Village. Located in the heart of Dania Pointe, Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport at Dania Beach and AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport opened in September 2021. Comfort meets sophistication at the 350-room dual-branded property with thoughtfully designed open spaces, meeting rooms, an infinity pool with cabanas, and restaurants and bars. In October Hillsboro Beach Resort, a 99-room property with the oceanfront ROI restaurant, opened on the exclusive Hillsboro Mile. With direct oceanfront access as well as Intracoastal dockage, guests can enjoy the waves roll in on the serene private beach, lounge at the resort pool, or enjoy watersports from the Intracoastal mooring. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina renovated all 595 guestrooms in 2020. The upscale, nautically inspired hotel continued renovations with its meeting space inclusive of the 7,800 sq. ft. ballroom and 4,000 sq. ft. junior ballroom. Total meeting space renovated was approximately 18,000 sq. ft. Renovations to the meeting space, lobby and public space were completed in November 2021. The hotel is currently constructing a new 5,000 sq. ft. waterfront ballroom and a rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, scheduled to be completed in late 2022. New Hotels in 2022 In January 2022, AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach will open, just steps away from Sebastian Street Beach. The 171-room hotel will boast ocean views, an open kitchen for European-style breakfast and specialty culinary events, a library, an expansive resort-style pool with cabanas and dining services, and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale opens its doors in early 2022 overlooking Fort Lauderdale beach. The new 22-story luxury hotel will feature two restaurants, a spa, fitness center, children’s recreation room, “Beach Butlers” and ballroom and meeting facilities. Other planned 2022 openings include Avid Dania Beach (100 rooms), Holiday Inn Express & Suites Miramar (100 rooms), Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Northwest (110 rooms), Wyndham Dolce Kosher House Hotel in Hollywood (100 rooms) and Holiday Inn Express Hollywood (95 rooms). Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Expansion The first phase of the highly anticipated Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center expansion – the newly updated 800,000 sq. ft. pre-existing center with an expanded 350,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall – opened Oct. 27, 2021. Work on the remainder of the $1.1 billion expansion continues, including the new eastside expansion with waterfront ballrooms, meetings rooms and kitchen facilities, a five-acre outdoor waterfront plaza and an 800-room, five-story headquarters hotel interconnected with the convention center. Full completion will increase the facility's size to 1.2 million sq. ft. and is expected in late 2025. New in Arts & Culture The Weiner Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) hosts “Through the Looking Glass” on Jan. 22. At noon, glass art comes to life as iconic characters from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” show off their zany costumes in a fashion show featuring wearable art. Also on Jan. 22, multi-disciplinary artist Dave Rosenthal and glass artist Rob Stern are collaborating to explore sound and glassmaking in their live performances of Resonance @WMODA. Follow the light to IGNITE, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s new family-friendly immersive art experience showcasing exciting interactive light and video installations by leading contemporary artists and designers. Site-specific artworks will illuminate and activate locations in Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach from Jan. 26 - 30, 2022. Admission to all Ignite Broward art experiences and talks is free to the public. The Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale welcomes a STEM exhibit Planet Pioneers: Journey to Space on Jan. 28-May 16 and an engaging STEAM exhibit Dinosaurs in Motion: Where Art & Science Meet on May 27-Sept. 6. New Dining & Nightlife With more than 4,000 eateries, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s eclectic dining scene offers a variety of delectable offerings for every palate. From food halls to speakeasies and restaurants to rooftops, the destination’s culinary scene continues to flourish. In September 2021, Mama Hank’s, a kitchen and full-liquor speakeasy lounge, opened in Flagler Village. Behind a 400-pound bulletproof vault door, an intimate area awaits with 30 seats, an island bar and warehouse bay door that rolls up for alfresco drinking. In November 2021, the elegant beachfront restaurant inside the Auberge Beach Residences and Spa reopened under new owner and Michelin-star chef Laurent Tourondel. DUNE by Laurent Tourondel offers an elevated dining experience and contemporary American cuisine characterized by an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Also in November 2021, Fort Lauderdale hotspot YOLO reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation to the restaurant and O Lounge next store. In December 2021, The Angeles, part restaurant and part nightlife/entertainment venue, opened inside a transformed church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The two-story nightclub destination features a 220-seat, full-service restaurant called Holly Blue, with indoor and outdoor dining, along with an event space. The club can accommodate 700 people, including 75-100 in the VIP area overlooking the dance floor. The Katherine, a seafood- and vegetable-focused restaurant, opened in January 2022 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. James Beard-nominated chef Tim Balloo showcases his quintessential home-style dinners infused with the cuisine of his Chinese, Indian and Trinidadian roots. More dining and nightlife venues coming soon:
- Ya Mas! opens in January on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Meaning “Cheers” in Greek, Ya Mas! will transport guests to a lively taverna found on Mykonos or Santorini.
- Moréa is a Mediterranean oceanfront dining oasis opening in January on Fort Lauderdale beach. The spacious 275-seat dining destination will offer an indoor dining room, spacious bar/lounge area, and a gorgeous waterfront patio and bar. Award-winning artist and Chihuly protege, Doug Frates, designed the interior with a breathtaking two-story glass wall installation as well as several signature hanging pieces imported from Italy.
- Sunset Club Rooftop Bar & Lounge opens at Costa Hollywood Beach Hotel in February.
- The Bite Eatery, the first food hall in Pompano Beach, will open in March just a few blocks away from the beach and the Pompano Fishing Pier. The 250-seat venue will feature The Beach Bar, a central full-liquor bar, plus nine food vendors.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival presented by Visit Lauderdale – January 10-16
- Seaglass – January 21-23
- Florida Renaissance Festival – February 5-March 20
- Fur the Love Pet Fest – February 20
- Tortuga Music Festival – April 8-10
- Fort Lauderdale Air Show – April 30-May 1
- National Senior Games – May 10-23
- Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo – June 25
19 Oct 21NEWS
Visit Lauderdale appoints international inbound market chiefDestination marketing organization Visit Lauderdale appointed Paul Mason as Senior Manager, Global Trade Development, with ...Read moreVisit Lauderdale appoints international inbound market chief - News & announcementsDestination marketing organization Visit Lauderdale appointed Paul Mason as Senior Manager, Global Trade Development, with a primary focus on the international inbound market. He joins the DMO from Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. "I'm thrilled to welcome Paul to our team. His extensive experience managing strategic partners on a global basis will be a positive asset to our entire organization," says Tracy Vaughan, Senior Vice Present, Global Trade Development for Visit Lauderdale. Mason's 35-year career in the hotel and tourism industry includes national and global positions. Visit Lauderdale serves as the tourism department for Broward County, Florida and promotes the area's 31 municipalities to a global audience of leisure and business travelers.
25 Sep 21NEWS
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB rebrands to Visit LauderdaleThe Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced its new brand name as ...Read moreGreater Fort Lauderdale CVB rebrands to Visit Lauderdale - News & announcementsThe Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced its new brand name as Visit Lauderdale with the destination tagline 'Everyone Under the Sun,' reflecting the diversity and welcoming nature of the Greater Fort Lauderdale region. To illustrate the new brand, Visit Lauderdale commissioned internationally renowned airbrush artist Avi Ram, a Greater Fort Lauderdale resident, to paint a new 'Everyone Under the Sun' mural. The mural is on display at the entrance of the W Fort Lauderdale hotel. The brand launch also included the debut of the official Visit Lauderdale Everyone Under the Sun beer, crafted by Fort Lauderdale's Gulf Stream Brewing Company. Flags displaying the new Visit Lauderdale logo are flying high from hotels, the Water Taxi, on airboats out in the Everglades and at many other Broward County locations. It comes as the US announced borders will reopen in November for vaccinated travellers from the UK, EU and around the world. "One of my goals when I took over as head of Broward tourism five years ago was to rebrand the organization and our destination to better support our community through tourism jobs and the positive economic impact it brings," says Stacy Ritter, President and CEO of Visit Lauderdale. "We have an incredibly diverse and inclusive community that is welcoming to literally everyone under the sun, and that message is now infused into all of our marketing as we invite people to Visit Lauderdale." Tourism leaders will continue to focus their efforts on marketing the entire Greater Fort Lauderdale region as a top destination for travelers, meetings and convention attendees and sports groups - just with a new name. The name Visit Lauderdale went through extensive consumer focus group testing and consistently emerged as the favourite of people interested in Greater Fort Lauderdale area trips. It will serve as a call to action in destination ads inviting people to Visit Lauderdale and experience not only the area's beaches, but all the great people and places between the beaches and the Everglades. "We have 31 municipalities in Broward County, all of which are unique and alive with their own culture, flavour and activities," adds Ritter. "Our largest city, Fort Lauderdale, is just one of those 31 cities, but the name Lauderdale is the most recognizable. It helps us put the entire Broward County area on the map for visitors."
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