Keynote Speaker

Ina Lee is the owner of Travelhost Magazine of Greater Fort Lauderdale, now celebrating its 37th year. She has propelled TravelHost to the leader in visitor publications, and has been recognized with numerous national awards and is considered the best Travelhost in the country, out of 56 markets. Ms. Lee has dedicated herself to Fort Lauderdale Beach since l986 when she founded and chaired for seven years the Beach Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, the Beach Council played a major role in the transformation of Fort Lauderdale Beach. She is now its chair emeritus. She has served for many years on the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board of the City of Fort Lauderdale and is currently its vice chair. She is on the Council of Economic Advisors for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as well as the Tourism and Travel Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

She was recently honored as Tourism Icon on the Çity of Fort Lauderdale’s Walk of Fame. She was honored by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the Carolyn Michaels Leadership Award. She was awarded the Broward Days Advocate of the Year, 2014, for her work on beach renourishment.

Ms. Lee was the founder of Winterfest, and served as its chairperson for its first 6 years. Under her leadership Winterfest became a nationally recognized festival featured on the Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.

Ms. Lee has served the tourism industry for 20 years as a member of the Marketing and Advertising Committee of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and is now its vice chair. She is also on the board of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Broward Chapter. She is currently on the board of trustees of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as well as Friends of Birch State Park.

She was a senior Seminar Leader for Landmark Worldwide for 10 years, leading transformational seminars to thousands of people.

She has been a student and teacher of meditation for 45 years, trained by Sufi Master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. She led weekly meditation classes at Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale for 2 years and currently teaches weekly, free of charge, at George English Park Tennis Recreation Center, Fort Lauderdale.

Awards:

Walk of Fame, City of Fort Lauderdale, 2015- Tourism Icon

Broward Days, Advocate of the Year, 2014

Carolyn M.Michael Leadership Award, 2013

Small Business Person of the Year, 2008- Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber

Citizen of the Year – City of Fort Lauderdale, 1988

Chairman’s Award – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 1988

Signature Grand Award- Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 1996

March of Dimes Women of Distinction, 1996

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Women of Distinction, 1995

Travelhost Omni Awards, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2005