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Houston First celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Houston First Corporation (HFC) invites everyone to join in this year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). As the destination management organization responsible for promoting the nation’s fourth largest and most diverse city, HFC is excited to present a collection of artistic experiences highlighting the culture and contributions of Hispanic artists.



Carnival Cruise Line Resumes Guest Operations from PortMiami

Carnival Cruise Line kicked off its first cruise in almost 16 months from PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World, today with the departure of Carnival Horizon, providing a significant boost to the local economy and the tens of thousands of jobs in South Florida that are supported by the cruise industry. Of the 437,000 cruise industry-supported jobs in the USA, nearly 37% are in Florida.



Emirates to launch new service to Miami in July

On June 3, Emirates announced it will launch four weekly direct flights between Miami and Dubai, beginning July 22, 2021. With the new service, Emirates will expand its US network to 12 destinations, providing the airline’s global travelers with the second access point to Florida (after Orlando, effective in July) and offering convenient connections for travelers heading to the Middle East, West Asia and the Indian Ocean area via Dubai.



The registration is now open for eTourism Summit 2021 in Las Vegas

eTourism Summit is known as the intersection of fast-moving digital marketing and destination promotion, where marketers, attractions, and vendors share the latest tools, trends and solutions in media, platforms, content, search, social media, mobile and web design. This year, it will take place on September 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada, co-located with IPW 2021 (September 18-22).



Visit Lauderdale is the new brand for Greater Fort Lauderdale

Broward County’s tourism organization has a new name. On May 5, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau announced its new brand as Visit Lauderdale with the destination tagline ‘Everyone Under the Sun,’ reflecting the diversity and welcoming nature of the Greater Fort Lauderdale region. The announcement comes during National Travel and Tourism Week.



HSMAI 2020 Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds

This year, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) celebrated the brightest minds in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries virtually, showing once again the extraordinary resilience of the sector, which is among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing and Revenue Optimization have shared innovative ideas and overcome obstacles in the preceding 18 months – a historic, unique and challenging time for the hospitality industry.