As we start the new year, I want to send a special thank you to our hospitality community. You make the destination warm and welcoming to our visitors. We look forward to working closely with each of you as we make 2019 the best it can be!
SAVE THE DATE & NOMINATE: May 8, 2019
We need your nominations for the 2018/2019 SUNsational Service Courtesy Awards! We will recognize front line hospitality employees who go above and beyond during our National Tourism Appreciation Day luncheon & SUNsational Service Courtesy Awards, Wed, May 8 at the Broward County Convention Center.
As we strive to provide SUNsational Service to Greater Fort Lauderdale visitors, we invite you to submit a nomination to recognize the most helpful and courteous hospitality industry employees - valet, lifeguard, bellman, housekeeper, taxi driver, server, baggage handler, reservationist, etc. CLICK HERE to nominate.
Flight 19, a new American restaurant and bar on Las Olas Boulevard specializing in tasty food and friendly service. The restaurant is named after the mysterious disappearance of five aircrafts in the Bermuda triangle after taking off from Fort Lauderdale in 1945.
Andy’s Live Fire Grill recently opened (former location of Dirty Ernie’s) in Fort Lauderdale. “Live fire” refers to the restaurant’s wood-burning grill in the open kitchen, which perfumes the 90-seat dining room with the sweet smell of red oak. Another 60 seats are located on the second floor, featuring two bars (inside and on a deck covered with artificial grass). Next up: Anthony’s Pronto Kitchen in downtown Fort Lauderdale will provide Italian entrees takeout.
Chef Dean Max returns to Fort Lauderdale with new seafood restaurant Even Keel Fish & Oyster in Fort Lauderdale. Modern Floridian coastal dining, highlighting the season’s vibrant, locally sourced bounty from both land and sea. The kitchen is a chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop where they create ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place. Opening Jan 2019.
NEW YEAR, NEW BREW
3 Sons Brewing Co. opening soon in Dania Beach with unconventional beer for unconventional palates, including 20 taps of beers and great food made fresh.
American Icon Brewery Kitchen and Taproom, opening in mid-February in Flagler Village, featuring rotating taps of different American Icon Brewery beers plus a fresh, delicious gastropub menu.
Sistrunk Marketplace and Brewery, A food hall. A brewery. A marketplace. From unique food vendors to cooking classes, brewery tours, art installations, live music, and even a music production academy. Opening March 2019.
Dangerous Minds Brewing Company in Pompano Beach, will offer beers inspired by major thinkers and philosophers. Opening spring 2019.
Stay up-to-date with Greater Fort Lauderdale's Ale Trail featuring 500 different beers, from a Hefeweizen made with Florida-grown mangos, to malty imports from across the globe. Click here for more info.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CORNER
This month, Ivonne MacMillan will meet with journalists and consumers as part of the CVB’s activation with VISIT FLORIDA’S Canada Takeover “Moments of Sunshine” in Toronto.
Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes journalists for a group media visit during Art Fort Lauderdale from Jan 24-27. The FAM will focus on the burgeoning arts and culture scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Snapshot from the UK:
Olivia Blair’s individual press trip, secured by the UK team, produced a fantastic luxury article on the destination featured online in Harper’s Bazaar.
TOURISM SALES UPDATE
What We've Been Doing:
In December, Gabriel Martinez attended the American Cup Golf Invitational in Las Vegas, which gathers golf tour operators and wholesalers from Europe, Canada, Australia and receptive markets. Justin Flippen and Gabriel managed an Abreu Tours FAM showcasing GFL to tour operators from international markets and providing training. Gabriel pictured here with the FAM at the Florida Panthers game.
Snapshot from the UK:
November total traffic: 2,982,375, up 8.9%; domestic traffic: 2,289,393, up 7.5%; international traffic: 692,982, up 14.1%. Total traffic has increased 55 out of the last 56 months. Year-to-Date (YTD) total passengers 32,667,140, up 10.9% and there were 28 more scheduled daily departures vs November 2017. Total passenger traffic for CY 2018 is expected to reach close to 36 million passengers.
Last month, the Miami Dolphins in partnership with the GFLCVB hosted their 4th FOOTBALL UNITES™ Cultural Tour in an effort to experience historical locations throughout Broward County. Dolphins players MarQueis Gray, Francis Owusu and Jonathan Woodard, alumnus Nat Moore, as well as Dolphins cheerleaders and staff spent the day with local youth, community leaders and law enforcement to understand the richness and diversity of the area. (Carol Hudson pictured above with the group on Fort Lauderdale beach).
Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week (Jan 19-27) Fort Lauderdale's artists and arts & cultural institutions join efforts to highlight all that the city has to offer through an annual self-guided tour and celebration of everything art and culture throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale. During the week, Art Fort Lauderdale "The Art Affair on the Water" (Jan 24-27) highlights the uniqueness of the city with a cultural experience that is memorable, interactive and engaging. Above is the billboard heading northbound on US 1 near FLL.
FILM PERMITS = 49 including projects by Critical Thinking; Death of a Fool; The Laundromat; Fort Lauderdale Destination Marketing; Jerry Jeudy Hometown; Jedidiah Learning Steps; When She Flies; Monroe and Main; Next Directory; Robot; VF French; AOR Health; Chewy.com; City Furniture; Cocochew; FP&L; Club 57 – Season 1; Dog’s Best Friend; Fire Rescue; House Hunters International; Hustle & Soul; Indian Culture Project; City of Miramar.
JANUARY GROUP SALES & SERVICES UPDATE
Groups meeting in January will generate more than $2.3 million to Broward County. Groups include:
HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
Jan 11-13: Marvel Universe Live, BB&T Center
Stacy Ritter, President
Travel + Leisure: The Best Places to Travel in February
Bloomberg: Where to go in 2019
Le Journal de Montreal: Un Québécois hôtelier à Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Macaroni Kid Family Travel: 9 Travel-Worthy New Year’s Eve Countdowns
We invite you to create special offers including spa treatments for two, wine pairings or other creative ideas for our visitors looking for romance. We will promote your packages on sunny.org/valentines
Journey back to the 16th century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore at the
The 18th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food (SOBEWFF®)
Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes Pride Fort Lauderdale (Feb 21-24) to the beach, an annual celebration and tribute to the LGBT+ community and its unique culture. The festival includes world renowned entertainers, local & national exhibitors, food court and the first-ever Carnaval Pride Parade (Feb 23) on Fort Lauderdale beach from
The planning has begun for the Southern Comfort Transgender Conference
Hollywood was named one of 13 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Florida by Coastal Living.
Port Everglades welcomed Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam, last month on its maiden call to the U.S. This winter season, Port Everglades welcomes 10 Holland America cruise ships, and has the distinct honor of being the host port for the Nieuw Statendam’s official naming on Feb 2.
Baleària Caribbean will be adding the fast ferry Jaume II between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport, Grand Bahama replacing the Jaume I as of mid-Jan. Jaume II was re-engined for greater energy efficiency and service reliability as well as a higher speed. The ferry will complete the route in two and a half hours and offers four weekly connections on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The convention sales team recently participated in:
Jan 8–11: Florida Huddle, Daytona Beach (Gabriel Martinez)
Maria Mele, Julia Johnson, Kathy Hall, Liz Liddell and Rita Wells at the 11th Annual Denim & Dough Day for the American Cancer Society at the Broward County Convention Center, raising more than $1,000.
Click here to check out more of our CVB team in action at various events and functions around the world.