Meetings & Hospitality Alliance of South Florida
The Meetings & Hospitality Alliance of South Florida is a strategic partnership among organizations in the meetings and hospitality industry sharing common interests and goals. The Alliance itself is not an association and does not directly undertake projects. It consists of an advisory committee convened several times per year, comprised of the leaders of the participating associations. Its purpose is to foster collaboration among the organizations and coordination of scheduled event dates, which benefits all of the members of these professional associations.
The Alliance was founded in 1998. Attending the first meeting were representatives of the South Florida chapters of HSMAI, ILEA, MPI, and NACE. Since then, many more associations have become partners.
DTPB is Palm Beach County’s official destination marketing organization, charged with promoting Palm Beach County as a leisure travel and meetings destination. DTPB plans and executes initiatives in a broad range of areas including sales, marketing, research, visitor services and industry relations.
FAME, created in 2000, fosters and perpetuates high standards in the destination management industry. Members include destination management companies, transportation providers, tour guides and specialty vendors, as well as independent contractors who are the staff on the front line. The member directory fosters the work relationship between independent contractors and business members seeking professional staff.
FFEA promotes and strengthens the festival, event and fair industry in Florida, providing professional education and networking for its more than 500 event industry professional members who represent a broad range of event planners, producers, vendors and suppliers with significant purchasing power, collectively representing 3,500 events.
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers.
Focus Miami is a curated collective group of Miami’s finest event professionals, including planners, unique venues, hotels, catering firms, rental companies, designers, photographers, entertainment and more. Monthly networking breakfasts include education, workshops, and opportunities to interact and connect with Focus Miami members and guests.
GMBHA promotes the interests of its members through advocacy, education, and partnerships and advances Miami as the visitor’s destination of choice. Its members include more than 180 hotels and 250 allied businesses. GMBHA is committed to the advancement of sustainable hospitality practices within our industry, and has developed a council of industry experts that offer guidance and support.
GMFEA supports the professional development, enhances the success and sustains year-round promotion of festivals and events in South Florida. It promotes to residents and visitors the year-round schedule of the more than 100 festivals and special events of its members. The aggregate annual attendance to these events is in excess of 3.5 million participants.
HSMAI is an international, individual membership organization comprised of over 7,000 members representing travel sales and marketing professionals. 79 chapters in 35 countries worldwide are dedicated to enhancing sales and marketing management skills in the travel and hospitality industry through education and networking opportunities with peers and customers.
ILEA educates, advances, and promotes the special events industry and its network of professionals. ILEA cultivates high standards of business practices through their “Principles of Conduct and Ethics” and fosters cooperation among members and other special events professionals.
MPI is the world’s largest association of meeting professionals, with 17,000 members in more than 75 countries and 70 chapters and clubs across the world. MPI connects the global meeting and event community to learn, innovate, collaborate and advocate with the belief that “when we meet, we change the world”.
NACE is the oldest and largest professional association for caterers in all disciplines and their affiliate vendors. With over 4,000 members in 46 chapters, NACE serves hotels, off-premise, club, military and on-premise caterers, providing top quality educational and networking opportunities, and affiliate vendor interaction.
NAWP supports, enhances, and connects wedding professionals through continuing education, professional development, and increased commerce through marketing and referral. Members are pledged to uphold the highest standards of business and personal ethics, and to raise the general standards in the wedding industry by means of education, both public and private.
SENFC is the sustainability resource for individuals, associations, corporations, event planners and event venues in Florida and the Caribbean. SENFC initiatives include food rescue, materials re-purposing, energy and water conservation, education, CSR and sustainability best practices.
Site is a worldwide organization of business professionals dedicated to the increased recognition and use of incentives as a motivator and reward in programs designed to achieve defined objectives. Site is comprised of 2,100 individual members representing more than 80 countries.
Founded in 1934, Skål International promotes global tourism and friendship, uniting all sectors of the tourism industry. Its more than 13543 members, entailing the industry’s Managers and Executives, meet at Local, National, Regional and International levels to do business among friends throughout more than 346 Skål Clubs in 102 countries.
Visit Lauderdale, created by the Board of Broward County Commissioners in 1987, is a governmental agency funded by a portion of the tax on hotel rooms. The staff of Visit Lauderdale promotes the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as a premier year-round leisure and meeting destination.