Hospitality executive Richard Gray has been appointed managing director for the LGBT Market for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. In his new position, Gray will be responsible for LGBT sales and marketing.
“Richard has been one of the most experienced and influential individuals in Greater Fort Lauderdale gay tourism and hospitality, and it is a great win for us to have him part of the team,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “For us the LGBT market is not a niche market but a market in its own right. With Richard’s background as both a local proprietor and advocate for LGBT travel and tourism in the region, we feel the timing is right to make this next important step for us and this destination.”
Gray will serve as official representative for the LGBT market in Greater Fort Lauderdale, developing and implementing short and long-term strategic plans to increase meeting room nights and global travel and tourism.
Gray was previously owner of The Royal Palms Resort & Spa.