BIOGRAPHY OF INA LEE
Ina Lee is the owner of Travelhost Magazine of Greater Fort Lauderdale, now celebrating its 40th 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 served for many years on the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board of the City of Fort Lauderdale as its 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 honored as Tourism Icon on the City 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 re-nourishment.
In 2018, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, The Leadership Broward Foundation; the Cuisine for Art Honoree from the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood; the South Florida Business Journal’s Influential Business Women; the Legend of the Year from HSMAI South Florida; and a Glammy Award from Glam-A-Thon.
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 25 years as a member of the Marketing and Advertising Committee of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and is now its 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 and is its only board member emeritus as well as on the board of Friends of Birch State Park.
She was a senior Seminar Leader for Landmark Worldwide for 12 years, leading transformational seminars to thousands of people.
Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Profiles in Leadership, Leadership Broward Foundation
Influential Business Women, 2018 South Florida Business Journal
2018 Cuisine for Art Honoree, Art & Culture Center/Hollywood
2018 Legend of the Year, HSMAI South Florida
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