by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 23, 2015
Florida’s Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County hosted a record 14.3 million visitors — who spent $11.4 billion — in 2014, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. The CVB also reported that 1,056 group bookings took place in 2014, which generated $1.01 billion in economic impact. The total visitor numbers represent a 5 percent increase over 2013. “We are thrilled to contribute so significantly to the overall growth of Florida’s tourism industry,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.  “Of the 97.3 million tourists that visit the entire state of Florida each year, 15% of those are coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale. This is significant by any measure and a tribute to the hard work and brand-building efforts of our entire tourism community. It’s no surprise that this success is also helping to add more exciting hotels, attractions, retail and restaurants to our landscape — which in turn means more employment opportunities, a favorable destination image and increased quality of life for residents and visitors.”