The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has chosen Broward County as the host destination for its 2021 “International Business and Leadership Conference.”
Organizers say the annual conference is “the world’s largest LGBT business event.”
The 2021 incarnation is set to take place Aug. 8-14 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood.
“[Greater Fort Lauderdale] not only offers a thriving LGBT scene, but it also offers … stunning beaches and a variety of world-class museums, culinary experiences and unique attractions,” Justin Nelson, cofounder and president of NGLCC recently said in a statement.
The conference was held in Fort Lauderdale in 2015 – the last time it was in the area. The Washington, D.C.-based NGLCC held its 2019 conference in Tampa in August. Las Vegas was chosen as the host city for 2020.
Organizers said one of the reasons for the return to Broward is because the greater Fort Lauderdale area is considered the “LGBT capital of Florida,” with the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country and hundreds of gay-owned and operated businesses.
The area also welcomes 1.5 million LGBT travelers each year, in part because many stakeholders have been proactively welcoming the LGBT market for decades.
Organizers expect more than 1,400 attendees, with a program that features networking, workshops, seminars, performances, panels and entertainment.
Two of the conference’s local partners, who were instrumental in its return to Broward, are Keith Blackburn, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC), and Richard Gray, SVP of Diversity & Inclusion at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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