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Fort Lauderdale Promotes Itself as a Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Destination

July 21, 2011 By: Deanna Ting


The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to attract same-sex newlyweds for their honeymoon vacations. // (c) 2011 Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is taking advantage of New York's recent legalization of same-sex marriage by launching its newest tourism campaign, "Honeymoon with Pride," which is designed to attract honeymooning same-sex couples.

For the new campaign, the convention and visitors bureau launched a new webpage,, to help newly married couples plan their Fort Lauderdale honeymoon.
In conjunction with the new webpage, Greater Fort Laderdale is also hosting a “Honeymoon with Pride” contest that offers one of two prize packages. The first includes five nights at The Royal Palm Resort & Spa, the largest full-service, male-only gay resort in the U.S., located near Fort Lauderdale Beach. While staying at the 62-room property, the winning couple will receive a couples massage and complimentary amenties that include chocolate-dipped strawberries, a bouquet of roses and dinner for two.

The second prize being offered is the Preferred Pride package at The Atlantic Resort & Spa, a luxury boutique hotel that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Blue Wave beaches. The package includes a three-night stay in an Ocean View Studio featuring a private balcony, a fully equipped kitchenette and an oversize marble bathroom, as well as a couples massage, two complimentary welcome cocktails and a room upgrade (based on availability). To enter to win one of these fabulous honeymoon escapes, clients may visit
"Bringing an estimated 1 million gay travelers to Greater Fort Lauderdale last year was a remarkable achievement, and now we grow even prouder celebrating the legalization of gay marriage in New York," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Newlyweds are invited to enjoy the warmth of Greater Fort Lauderdale and encouraged to win a memorable honeymoon,"

Honeymoon and romantic packages are also available at the following Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels and resorts:

The Royal Palms Resort & Spa Royal Bliss Package

This six-night vacation package includes limousine pick up upon arrival and complimentary long-stemmed rainbow roses and chocolate-dipped strawberries. It also includes accommodations in a Supreme King Room, breakfast in bed, a poolside champagne lunch, a special four-course dinner with wine flights and a personal celebration cake. Couples also receive two spa treatments: The Blessing, a double aromatherapy massage, and The Experience, a complete body wash, followed by a wrap in herbal oils. The package also includes a private photo shoot on Fort Lauderdale Beach with gay celebrity photographer Dennis Dean, as well as an Intracoastal Waterwaycruise on the resort’s new Prestige 500, a 50-foot luxury yacht. The Royal Bliss Package is priced at $6,400. For reservations, agent may call 877-567-8020 or visit

The Atlantic Resort & Spa's Preferred Pride Package For Newlyweds From New York And Beyond

This package is priced at $159 per night, based on double occupancy, and includes overnight accommodations in an Ocean View Studio, two complimentary welcome cocktails and a 20 percent discount at Spa Atlantic. The first 10 newlywed same-sex couples to book the Preferred Pride package will also receive a complimentary couples massage at Spa Atlantic through December 31, 2011. For reservations, agaents may call 877-567-8020 or visit and reference the rate code "MKTPRD." Recipients of the complimentary couples massage must present their marriage license in order to receive the complimentary couples massage.

Romance By The Sea Package for Lovers at The Grand Resort & Spa

Couples can also spend two nights in their choice of a Junior Suite, a One Bedroom Suite or a One Bedroom Penthouse with this package. Champagne and gourmet chocolates are presented upon arrival and during their stay, guests receive a choice of a Couples’ Massage or Couples’ Facial at the spa at The Grand Resort. Two souvenir Grand Resort logo robes are also provided. Package rates are priced from $466.87. Visit

For more information about GLBT Greater Fort Lauderdale, visit

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By Deanna Ting | July 21, 2011
Greater Fort Lauderdale is launching a new webpage designed to help newly married same-sex couples honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale.