New & Coming Soon to Greater Fort Lauderdale
• More than 1,000 hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants and businesses throughout
the city and county are taking Visit Lauderdale’s Safe + Clean Pledge,
which provides a unified message that health and safety standards, and
protection against the spread of COVID-19, are a top priority.
Visit Lauderdale and its meetings team put the safety and health of
attendees and event suppliers as its top priority.
• A $1.1 billion expansion of the Greater Fort
Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, incorporating ASM Global’s VenueShield operations and management protocols for best-in-class reopening programs, is underway. The project will add 532,000 square feet of meeting space over the previous center and an 800-room headquarters hotel. Phase one opened in fall 2021 with 800,000 total sq. ft and a newly expanded exhibit hall; upon completion, the venue will span a total of 1.2 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space (up from 262,198 square feet) and a 65,000-square-foot waterfront ballroom, plus a new expansive, outdoor waterfront plaza with an amphitheater and three restaurants.
• The destination added 10 new hotels in 2021 including the dual-branded Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport and AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport in Dania Beach, the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown, which includes The Easton rooftop bar and lounge, and more. Newly opened hotels in 2022 include the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale and the AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina recently renovated all 595
guest rooms and has completed a refresh of 18,000 square feet of meeting space,
plus the lobby and all public areas. The property currently is constructing a
new 5,000-square-foot waterfront ballroom and a rooftop bar and restaurant
overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, set to be completed in late 2022.
Carousel Club has opened at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. This new
open-air gathering spot sports an antique carousel and offers cocktails, tasty
bites and entertainment day and night, including spectacular views of
thoroughbred horse racing.
Bite Eatery, the first food hall in Pompano Beach, is set to open in spring
2022, just a few blocks away from the beach and the Fisher Family Pier. The
250-seat venue features the fully stocked Beach Bar plus nine food vendors.
• Atmos Immersive Dining is the
newest addition to Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery in Fort Lauderdale. More
than just dinner, Atmos takes attendees on a two-hour, six-course, multisensory
luxury dining experience. With each course, diners are immersed in videos
showing the country of origin of the cuisine along with music, aromas and more.
historic Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame
complex is undergoing at $47 million renovation and expansion that includes
five new swimming pools to welcome aquatic sporting activities and
competitions. A major highlight is the new 27-meter dive tower – the tallest in
the Western hemisphere. Visitors will be able to experience “Top of the Tower”
tours with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Fort Lauderdale beach.
Pools and new meeting facilities will open in late 2022.
Florida Panthers organization is revitalizing and expanding Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium to create a new
state-of-the-art practice facility for the NHL team as well as community ice
facilities. In between the rinks will be an indoor-outdoor restaurant. The team
is transforming the art deco-style auditorium into a concert and performing
space with a capacity of nearly 4,000, featuring concerts booked by Live Nation
More Event Venues
• A hub for local galleries, studios and other creative businesses, Flagler Arts and Technology Village (FATVillage) lies within the heart of Fort Lauderdale's downtown. Choose from one of two repurposed warehouses: The Projects, spanning 8,000 square feet, and Building 517, with 6,800 square feet for gatherings. Another option is the Artsup Building, with 5,880 square feet of indoor space crowned by an artwork-embellished ceiling, the indoor Far Gallery and an outdoor courtyard. Furniture, artwork and lighting rentals are available for an even more unique touch.
• Home of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League team as well
as a premier venue for concerts and shows of all stripes, the FLA Live Arena
also features 100,000 square feet of event space, including 12 function areas
for meetings, parties, seminars, cocktail receptions and more for up to 500
attendees. Customized catering is available.
• The iconic 487-room B Ocean Resort began life in 1956 as the
Yankee Clipper and, while completely modernized within, retains its distinctive
ocean-liner shape on the beach.
The property has two outdoor pools, three restaurants and a coffee shop, not to
mention regularly scheduled underwater “mermaid” shows taking place at the
Wreck Bar. For meetings and events, the resort devotes 10,000 square feet
indoors and 30,000 square feet outdoors.
• The Bamboo Gallery offers a tropical setting with authentic tiki huts and waterfalls. On 2.5 acres of lush landscape, the venue accommodates 400 people for receptions and up to 180 for seated meals.
• On two floors and accommodating groups of 3,000 guests, the Museum of Discovery and Science features more than 200 interactive exhibits. Displays include live animal habitats, flight simulators, a Wall of Wind hurricane exhibit, a Florida ecoscapes exhibit and an airboat ride simulator.
• Take to the water in style aboard an Anticipation Yacht Charters luxury vessel; the largest of the outfit's three vessels can host 350 guests. The ships offer state-of-the-art sound systems, plush carpeting and elegant furnishings.
• The Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom, in the Huizenga Pavilion at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, has breathtaking views of the New River, Esplanade Park and the meticulously landscaped Wendt Terraces. The venue offers 3,600 square feet of event space.