travel agent academy winner
Travel Agent Academy’s winner, Deborah Mitchell from Cruise Holidays in Kansas City, won a 3-night stay at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, a $50 gift certificate to Sea Watch on the Ocean, and a $50 gift certificate to the Shops at Pembroke Gardens.
Make sure to complete the Greater Fort Lauderdale Specialist Program to participate in special destination contests, get access into our private Facebook group and other special perks!
new digital vacation planner
In addition to being able to order print collateral, you’ll also want to grab your tablet or computer to check out our new digital Vacation Planner, also available in seven languages to help acclimate our domestic and international visitors to our destination.
The international versions are currently available in Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian, and German. Click here to view.
hello travel professionals
Searching for the perfect beach getaway for your clients? Help your clients plan the perfect Florida vacation with up-to-date news:
Whether you are looking for hotels, attractions or things to do, discover how we can help you create a winning stay for your clients at sunny.org/traveltrade
sunny spotlight: Wilton Manors
If you’re looking for a small town feel coupled with big city fun, Wilton Manors is your destination of choice. With 13 miles of waterways, nine parks, two walking trails, and a nature preserve, the City of Wilton Manors offers countless opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, walking, biking and spending the day outdoors. In addition, parks are equipped with ample venue space for weddings and special events.
Wilton Manors has a self-guided nature tour. After your day of play the Island City (as it’s fondly called by locals) offers plenty of nighttime entertainment options including more than 30 bars and restaurants, 20 boutiques, and eight art galleries. The Art Expo on Wilton Drive takes place every third Saturday of the month. Click here for a map of the galleries.
Offering a rich cultural scene, more than 40 annual festivals including art exhibitions, gallery walks, food festivals and holiday celebrations take place in Wilton Manors every year. The annual Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade & Festival and Wicked Manors draw tens of thousands of festival goers. Wilton Manors is home to the notable Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Pride Center and the Island City Stage, organizations providing an array of cultural events, exhibits, a food bank, support groups, workshops, and so much more.
Experience why Life’s Just Better Here! Visit wiltonmanors.com to check the event calendar and learn more about Florida’s Island City.
Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve
A Broward County cultural heritage landmark featuring a river boardwalk and boat dock, observation pier, a pavilion area, nature trails, restroom facility, a courtyard, natural habitat areas (where Florida urban wildlife including Florida Grey Foxes, Blue Herons and other Florida birds often spotted) and the Historical Manor House and Carriage House often used for hosting events and weddings. Learn more here.
Stonewall National Museum and Archives Gallery
A cultural museum space, circulating library, and research archives with a mission of preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is the largest LGBT circulating library in the U.S., with more than 26,000 books, DVDs and periodicals. Exhibitions, author readings, discussions, movies and events are all year long. Learn more here.
Be sure to visit sunny.org/events to enhance your client’s experience to Greater Fort Lauderdale with performances, concerts, exhibits, festivals and more. Check out some upcoming events:
Jan 25-28: Art Fort Lauderdale
Jan 27: Pegasus World Cup
Feb 10-Mar 25: Florida Renaissance Festival
Feb 11: Pride Fort Lauderdale
Feb 21-25: Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale Series at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Feb 27--Mar 4: 2018 FIVB World Tour Beach Volleyball Major Series
Apr 6-8: Tortuga Music Festival
Apr 28-29: Fort Rock
May 5-6: Ford Lauderdale Air Show
on the road
Look for us on the road, and say “Hello Sunny,” in person at the following upcoming trade shows and sales missions:
Jan 15-21: FITUR (Madrid)
Jan 18-22: Great Vacations Travel (Columbus, OH)
Jan 24-28: Mid-Atlantic Show (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Jan 26-29: New York Times Travel (New York City)
Jan 27-29: American Bus Association (Charlotte, NC)
Feb 4-7: IITA (Portland)
Feb 9-14: Liberty Travel (New York City)
Feb 12-13: NY/NJ Sales Mission
Feb 18-21: Connect Travel Marketplace (Orlando)
Feb 21-23: ANATO (Columbia)
Feb 27-28: Chicago Sales Mission
Mar 3-5: AAA Travel Market Place (Boston)
Mar 4-6: Showcase Italy – USA (Venice)
Mar 5-8: Seatrade (Fort Lauderdale)
Mar 7-11: ITB Berlin
Mar 21-23: Boston Sales Mission
As always, whether we see you on the road or here in sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale, we remain grateful for your continued dedication to our destination.
Watch all things Greater Fort Lauderdale 24/7. Check out live events and other exclusive Greater Fort Lauderdale content on the new Hello Sunny TV Network. You can also watch on Apple TV (4th gen) - visit the app store & search Hello Sunny.