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The Invitation

TLPA President Robbie Werth invites you to come experience the "Venice of America." Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the 2014 Spring Conference and Expo, May 8-11, 2014, at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa.

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

The Destination: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean in the state of Florida. It is known as the "Venice of America" due to its expansive canal system. The city is most famous for its beaches and boats, arts, culture and events. While the city of Fort Lauderdale is relatively small in area, the term 'Fort Lauderdale' is often used to refer to the larger metropolis that has grown up around it. It is the county seat for Broward County and is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, which has over 5.5 million people.

Shop on Las Olas Boulevard, take gondola rides on the canals or stroll a historic riverfront. Experience a landscaped beachfront promenade with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path. Enjoy fine dining or a narrated 90-minute amphibious tour of quaint Las Olas Boulevard, historical districts, and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaires Row. Stop at the Stranahan House, a preserved 1900s home furnished with antiques of the era. Or "follow the red brick road" of Riverwalk to the Arts and Entertainment District. Dive into the Atlantic, hike into the Everglades or enjoy a workout and healthy fare at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa.

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Local Host Operator Tour

Yellow Cab - Fort Lauderdale, FL - John Camillo, President

Yellow Cab, Go Airport Shuttle and Go Executive Car welcome the 2014 TLPA Spring Convention & Expo attendees to Fort Lauderdale. Our Operators' Tour will involve two stops. The first stop will consist of a tour of the Yellow Cab dispatch center, together with Go's dispatch and operations center. During this stop, attendees will be presented with a presentation regarding the systems used by both Yellow and Go in their dispatch centers. After the brief presentation, attendees will be able to view Go's operations and call centers, and Yellow's call center. The second stop on the tour will be Yellow's operations facility. This tour will include a brief presentation on Yellow's driver orientation, in-vehicle camera system and cashless cashiering, followed by a tour of the facility's garage, training rooms, communications shop and cashiering office. Yellow Cab will provide light refreshments. Transportation will be provided by Go Airport Shuttle.

The Spring Expo

The exhibit hall will feature tabletop and floor exhibits from vendors eager to show you their newest products and services. As always, our exhibit hall will be the location of the food & beverage functions including the opening cocktail reception, breakfast, and lunch. The Spring Expo allows for a more intimate setting than does our Annual Trade Show. Our exhibitors take advantage of that time to concentrate on you in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If your company is a provider of goods and services to transportation companies and you have not yet exhibited at TLPA's Annual Trade Show, our Spring Expo is a good place to start. Approximately 300 industry leaders will attend the conference to set the association's focus for the coming year. Make sure your company's products and services are in front of the transportation fleet owners—and watch your profits soar. The Exhibitor Prospectus will be published soon.

The Agenda

This year our meeting will begin on Thursday, and conclude on Saturday. The conference is currently scheduled to begin Thursday, May 8th with the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation Board meeting from 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The Taxicab and Paratransit Committees will meet from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibit hall opens with a Cocktail Reception from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday morning we will begin with a breakfast buffet in the exhibit hall followed by a general session. After a luncheon buffet with our exhibitors, the Women In Transportation Committee will meet from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., followed by three concurrent breakout sessions (including a meeting of the Limousine Steering Committee) offered during the remaining afternoon hours.

Saturday morning begins with breakfast followed by an open meeting of the TLPA Board of Directors. The board will discuss what course the association will take for the coming year including establishing the legislative agenda, reviewing the status of the strategic plan and making future meeting site selections. Click here for a copy of the tentative agenda.

Hotel Highlights

The Westin Beach Resort & Spa
321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Tel: (954) 467-1111
Fax: 912-944-3678

Please make your reservations at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa early.

The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale is where miles of spectacular soft sand beaches meet the far-reaching blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. An oceanfront retreat with an inspirational setting on Fort Lauderdale Beach, it is our hope that your stay with us will leave you feeling refreshed and better than when you arrived. Located 2 miles away from Port Everglades, our hotel is the ideal Fort Lauderdale Port Hotel if you are thinking of booking a cruise before or after the TLPA Spring Conference & Expo!

Days are as exhilarating or as peaceful as you wish them to be. Ideally located nearby our beach hotel, are the fashionable stores of downtown Fort Lauderdale, which range from the trendy to the upscale. Scuba diving, sailing, and deep-sea fishing are just a few select activities found within the 300 miles of navigable waterways. Relax by watching the ocean waves, as you enjoy casual Ft. Lauderdale dining at our Waves Pool Bar and Grill. The rejuvenating spa, serene oceanfront pool, and beautiful beaches allow you to slow down and recharge.

©2013 The Westin Beach Resort & Spa

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Reservation Procedures

Please be advised that a Hotel Reservation Pirating company has targeted TLPA's 2014 Spring Conference & Expo at the Westin Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale. To the best of our knowledge, the pirating company did not obtain any lists or contact information through fraudulent means. However, if you receive a call or email from someone claiming they represent the housing company for the TLPA Spring Conference, please disregard.

The TLPA endorsed ways for you to make a reservation at the host hotel for TLPA's Spring Conference & Expo is for you to contact the hotel by one of these two methods:

  1. Call Westin Reservations: (888) 627-7108
  2. Use the Dedicated Web Link: TLPA Spring Conference Reservations Page

The hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for the group until Friday, April 1, 2014 or until the block sells out. The special group rate is $189 per night. Room rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 11%. You can reserve a room in two ways:

By Phone: You can call the hotel directly at (888) 627-7108. Since this number goes directly to the property, the agents will be able to answer any questions you have about room choices. Please tell the agent that our group code is TLPA and the conference dates are May 8-11, 2014.


Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

Transportation to the Hotel

Arriving in Fort Lauderdale has never been easier with three international airports only a short drive away:
  • Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International (FLL)—15 minutes from hotel;
  • Miami International (MIA)—40 minutes from hotel;
  • Palm Beach International (PBI)—50 minutes from hotel.

The Weather

Enjoy pleasant, warm weather, day and night, during your stay. In May, daytime highs average around 85 degrees (F) and nights average around 70 degrees (F). The most precipitation arrives in June, so we will be arriving well ahead of that. Along with your bathing suit, pack your lightweight business attire for the day's meetings and a lightweight cover in case you find the wonderful ocean breeze cool in the evenings as you explore Fort Lauderdale at night.

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

©2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

A1A Beach Activity Center
For all your rental and tour needs near Fort Lauderdale beach: Jet Ski, Parasail, Snorkel Tours, Banana Boat Rides, Deep Sea Fishing, Boat Rentals, Sunset Dinner Cruises, Splash-Sail-Snorkel

Airboat Everglades Tour
1-hour airboat ride through the Everglades, alligators, birds and turtles will surround you. Alligator show. Home of the famous "Gator Boys."

Billie Swamp Safari
Learn about the Unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation located in the Florida Everglades. Swamp Buggy Eco-Tours and Airboat Adventure Tours.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
A historic house museum built on 35 acres of a pristine barrier island on Fort Lauderdale Beach. One of the few complete homes and studios with original furnishings of two American artists.

Broward B-Cycle
Check out bicycles from 27 public bike stations. You can return bikes to any B-station and only pay for the time you use. It's a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around town.

Butterfly World
Thousands of live, exotic, rainbow-hued butterflies dwell in acres of waterfalls, orchids, roses, tropical gardens, hummingbirds, lorikeet, insectarium, butterfly farm and outdoor cafes.

Cinema Paradiso
Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso Theater features 220 plush fabric covered stadium seats.

Cypress Airboats
Private echo airboat tours in the Everglades. Specializing in private tour packages ranging from 1 to 3 hour tours.

Everglades Day Safari
Full day eco-tour into the majestic Everglades. Safari includes an airboat ride across the "River of Grass," nature walk into the majestic cypress swamps, wildlife drive through the Big Cypress National Preserve, delicious lunch and a scenic boat cruise into the mangroves of the 10,000 Islands.

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Private collection of 40 pre-war Packard Motorcars dating from 1909-1940 in a recreated showroom and memorabilia including dashboard clocks, hood ornaments and more.

Fort Lauderdale Duck Tours
Amphibious duck tours, the eye opening tour lasts 1-2 hours and is narrated by entertaining tour guides. Cruise both land and sea including the landmark Fort Lauderdale strip, quaint Las Olas Boulevard, historical districts and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaire's Row.

Fort Lauderdale Ghost Tours
Two tours available: Ghost Walk walking tour along the historical New River to see Fort Lauderdale's most haunted places. Walking tour of 10 locations for 2-2.5 hours.
The second tour is "Haunted Fire Station #3" where you get to walk inside of a haunted Fire Station built in 1927. Hear stories from the firemen & women who worked and lived inside this haunted landmark.

Fort Lauderdale History Center
Located on the New River, the Fort Lauderdale History Center tells the story of the community's history from the Pioneers of Fort Lauderdale to the present day through its four historic structures: 1905 New River Inn, which houses the Museum of History and was the first building in Broward County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the 1905 Philemon Bryan House, a four-square Vernacular style house.

International Swimming Hall Of Fame
In addition to recognizing over 600 of the world's greatest aquatic athletes the museum is a multi-faceted attraction with exhibits featuring the world's largest, collection of objects d'art, rare photos, posters, films, swimsuits, Olympic medals, trophies and other swimming related artifacts dating from the days of ancient Assyria to modern times.

Jungle Queen Riverboat
World Famous BBQ & Shrimp Dinner Cruise. Sail to the tropical isle for an "All You Can Eat" dinner of ribs, chicken, shrimp with all the trimmings followed by a hilarious variety show. Daily three hour fully narrated sightseeing cruises of the historic New River, Millionaire's Row, with a stop-off at the tropical isle to see rare birds, monkeys and alligator exhibition.

Las Olas Boulevard
Known as the shoppers' paradise. Where else can you find such a wide variety of quality stores? And the ambience of the boulevard makes shopping even more of a pleasure. Have a leisurely brunch at a sidewalk café, browse and shop at fabulous boutiques, galleries, specialty stores and fabulous fashion houses and then spend a romantic evening dining at one of Las Olas' many wonderful restaurants!

Las Olas Gondola
Ride on an authentic Venetian Gondola in the heart of the "Venice of America." The rides are always private. There are two options for your experience. You can choose to look at the mansions on the Intracoastal Waterway or a ride through a unique/romantic section of the New River.

Las Olas Riverfront
A dining and entertainment center overlooking the New River in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy casual or fine dining and a variety of bars and boutiques.

Mai-Kai Restaurant & Polynesian Revue
Authentically recreates a Polynesian village, complete with tiki torches, thatch roof and wooden plank entrance into a unique dining and entertainment locale.

Museum Of Discovery & Science & Automation Imax
Dynamic hands-on exhibits and five-story IMAX 3D Theater puts you in the center of the action.

Rocketman Experience
Your ticket to fly a water jet pack! This exhilarating new sport is completely safe and amazingly easy to learn and operate. Be one of the first ever to earn your wings with Rocketman. Flights take off daily from Mill Pond Park, in the heart of Wilton Manors.

Historic Stranahan House Museum
The historic Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, the father of Fort Lauderdale and his wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the town's first school teacher. The building has served as a trading post, community center, post office, bank and home to the Stranahans. In 1984, the house was restored to the original configuration of the early 1900s and opened up as an historic house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Swap Shop
An 180,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned shopping and entertainment complex featuring brand-name merchandise, international restaurants and 14-screen drive-in theater.

Weston Town Center
Discover the heart and soul of the Weston community. Featuring premier one-of-a-kind boutiques, upscale salons and casual or fine dining, casual and fine dining, live entertainment, and special events.

Xtreme Indoor Karting
South Florida's longest and fastest indoor go-kart track featuring true European Bowman Arrow Race Karts that can reach speeds of 45mph.