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Dateline: Florida If there’s a single theme running through the meeting and convention business along Florida’s east coast, it is that 2010 will likely be a little bit better than 2009, largely because of aggressive deals and incentives offered by convention and visitors bureaus. forecasters,” said Nicki Grossman, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For a decade, the CVB has focused on the meetings and convention industry as the key to Fort Lauderdale’s growth, and she is seeing some good signs. M a r c h 1 , 2 0 1 0 Vo l u m e 3 4 , N u m b e r 3 Corporate/Sales By Leo Jakobson Nella Veldran, Vice President, Travel Group Phone: (646) 654-7325 Southeast/Mid-Atlantic/Ohio Larry Mischik, Ad Director/Account Manager 3054 Four Oaks Drive, Atlanta, GA 30360 Phone: (770) 604-9641 Mtgs. Deals Abound On Florida’s East Coast tary, sports, medical and religious sectors, Grossman believes that the city will see its group business grow from 26 percent to 35 percent of tourism in the coming years. Initiatives to drive this include the Summer Savings program, which offers free rental Midwest & Louisiana Patricia Carman, Regional Sales Manager Phone: (312) 867-9197, Cell: 404-405-7759 Fax 312-276-4282 email: N.Y./N.J./New England/Bermuda/Caribbean Diane DiMaggio, International Advertising Director 770 Broadway, NY, NY 10003; Phone: (646) 654-7332 Florida/Cruise Arthur Hyman, Associate Publisher/Account Manager 1267 Via Fiume, Boynton Beach, FL 33436 Phone: (561) 736-5374 CA/HI/Colorado/Arizona/Nevada/N.M. Sharon Freeark, Account Manager 2950 31st St., Ste. 100, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3037 Phone: (626) 578-0700; Fax: (626) 578-0720 Digital Sales Jared Smith, National Account Manager 770 Broadway, NY, NY 10003; Phone: (646) 654-5520 International Diane DiMaggio, International Advertising Director 770 Broadway, NY, NY 10003; Phone: (646) 654-7332 Canada Cyndy Fleming, Publicitas APR 468 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M5A 1T7 Phone: (416) 363-1388, Western office: Rosalind Genge, Publicitas APR 1281 W. Georgia St., 502, Vancouver, BC V6E 3J7 Phone: (604) 688-5914; Fax: (604) 689-0703 Mexico & Latin America Veronica Castro, CASS Media Corina No 31-B; Col. Del Carmen Coyoacan, Mexico, DF 04100 Phone: 52-55/5605-1757 Singapore Lavender Tan, Al Media 733 Bukit timah Road #03-05, Singapore 269748 Phone: (65) 6469-9321; Fax: (65) 6469-8028 Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines Annie Blanchard & Assoc Unit 9A #8 Wack Wack Rd. Condo-minium, Wack Wack Rd., Greenhills E, Mandaluyong City 1550, Metro Manila, Philippines Phone: (632) 646-2497; Fax: (632) 647-1853 Korea Jung-Won Suh, Sinsegi Media Inc. 4-13, Yoick-dong, Kandungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea 150-890 Phone: +82 2 3275 5969; Fax: +82 2 785 8225 Japan Hiroko Kujime, Pacific Business, Inc. Matsuda Building, 2-4-6 Nihonbashi Kayabacho Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0025; Phone 81-3-3661-6138 Fax: 81-3-3661-6139; Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis of the Seas is generating local meetings demand. It is a buyer’s market, and CVBs, convention facilities and their hospitality partners still are pulling out all the stops to provide value to attract groups, conventions and attendees to traditional value destinations, such as Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, or luxury resort cities, like West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. “We are going to astound the 30 MeetingNews March 1, 2010 Taiwan Among them, the homeporting of the world’s newest and largest cruise liner, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, in the city already has attracted interest from large groups considering a meeting in Fort Lauderdale before or after a cruise. By continuing the CVB’s focus on meetings and conventions, notably the pharmaceutical, mili- space, a reception and 10 percent off a variety of services at the Broward County Convention Center, along with a 2.5 percent commission or credit on the hotel master account; Fly Free, in which the CVB will pay airfare for up to three decision-makers considering booking at least 200 rooms for two nights in South Florida, as long as they include two Fort Ye Chang & Paula Liu, Epoch Ltd 3F-4, 189 eelung Road, Section 2, Taipei 11054, Taiwan Phone: +886-223-779108, Spain Luis Andrade, Luis Andrade Publicidad Internacional Plaza Descubridor Diego de Ordas 1, Madrid, 28003, Spain Phone: +34-91-441-6266, Fax: +34-91-441-6549 Portugal Paulo Andrade, Ilimitada Media International Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco; Amoreiras Torre 2, Piso 5 Sala 1, Lisbon, 1070102, Portugal Phone: 351-21-385-3598/45; Fax: 351-21-388-3283,

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Meeting News - March 1, 2010
Meetings Spotlight
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Dateline: Florida
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Meeting News - March 1, 2010