by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 18, 2018
The LGBT+ Visitor Center, which showcases attractions of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and related visitors, has opened in Wilton Manors, Fla. The center is a joint venture between the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
 
"We are proud to have a long and positive history of supporting the LGBT+ community. The opening of this visitor center marks another important milestone in the uniqueness of our area in recognizing the value and needs of the LGBT+ visitor," said Richard Gray, vice president of LGBT+ for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We are very excited about this latest advancement in calling attention to all of our great attractions, hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants that cater to this important audience."
 
The region welcomes 1.5 million LGBT+ visitors a year, who spend $1.5 billion annually. "The economic impact of the LGBT+ community locally cannot be understated, especially by LGBT+ visitors that come here from all over the world year after year," said Keith Blackburn, CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce. "While LGBT+ travelers have many of the same needs as straight travelers, many unique needs exist. This visitor center will serve as a place where people can stop in, ask for recommendations and receive information about the community, our member businesses, events and organizations."