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VISIT FLORIDA & Partners Take Center Stage at 2016 IMEX America

October 28th, 2016 — 1:58pm

gray-and-lilyVISIT FLORIDA and 23 of our Industry Partners created a co-branded stand for IMEX America – the largest exhibition in the United States for meeting professionals.  This year’s show welcomed 3,250 exhibiting companies and 3,000 hosted buyers from 139 different countries.  The three-day event is specifically tailored for meeting professionals to connect with suppliers during individual and group appointments, while offering continuing education and keynote speakers from various industries.  Continue reading »


Lily Etemadi
Meetings & Travel Trade Manager
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VISIT FLORIDA & Partners “Connect” with Meeting Planners

October 5th, 2016 — 2:21pm

connect-1VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida tourism industry shined at the recent Connect Marketplace 2016.  We were joined by 35 of our Industry Partners who participated in the popular meeting and incentive conference, this year held in Grapevine, Texas. Collinson Media and Events’ Connect Marketplace is an innovative, appointment trade show designed especially for meeting and event planners, with a heavy focus on education.   Continue reading »


Lily Etemadi
Meetings & Travel Trade Manager

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VISIT FLORIDA Hosts Highly Successful Florida Encounter 2015

December 11th, 2015 — 2:44pm

Encounter 1With the new Meetings and Events team in place, VISIT FLORIDA hosted a highly successful Florida Encounter 2015 last week at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.  Florida Encounter is VISIT FLORIDA’s premier meetings and conventions trade show and conference that showcases the vast array of Florida’s meetings destinations, hotels and resorts, and services to meeting professionals.  This VISIT FLORIDA signature event is one of the first appointment-based trade shows where the Florida tourism industry meets one-on-one with meeting planners to experience the endless opportunities available for selecting the perfect location and backdrop for their meetings, conventions and incentive travel. Continue reading »


Lily Etemadi
Meetings & Travel Trade Manager

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33rd Florida Encounter Offers the Perfect ‘Bleisure’ Experience

December 18th, 2014 — 2:52pm

Florida Encounter 2014, presented by VISIT FLORIDA, was held Dec. 3-5 at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Now in its’ 33rd year, this Florida Encounter showcased a variety of new or improved features that definitely added to the success, including the addition of “Bleisure” – the combination of business and leisure activities. Continue reading »


Cheryl Hatcher
Director of Sales, Meetings & Travel Trade

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Announcing the Dates and Location for 2014 Florida Encounter

April 9th, 2014 — 11:54am

VISIT FLORIDA’s Marketing & Events team is pleased to announce that this year’s Florida Encounter will be held December 3-5 at the beautiful Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.  Florida Encounter, now in its 33rd year, serves as the premier appointment-based trade show showcasing all the Sunshine State has to offer to meeting, convention and incentive travel professionals. Continue reading »


Steven Bonda, CMP
Senior Manager, Corporate Meetings & Events

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