Ina Lee is the owner of Travelhost Magazine of Greater Fort Lauderdale, now celebrating its 36th anniversary. She has propelled TravelHost to the leader in visitor publications, now serving 100 hotels, 16,000 upscale hotel rooms every day as well as 96 prestigious condominium buildings. Her Travelhost edition has been recognized with numerous national awards and is considered the best Travelhost in the country, out of 56 markets. Her edition is also the longest running TravelHost in the country.
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 also serves on the board of the Beach Business Improvement District. She is on the Council of Economic Advisors for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
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. During her tenure Winterfest became the backdrop for the Bob Hope Christmas Special, which was seen by 30 million Americans. This was the first network television special originating from Broward.
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 serves on the board of Broward Days.
She was a senior Seminar Leader for Landmark Worldwide for 10 years, leading transformational seminars to thousands of people and currently leads weekly meditation classes free of charge at George English Park Tennis Recreation Center, Fort Lauderdale.
She was born in Connecticut, went to Simmons College in Boston, was the managing editor of two national magazines in New York, Status owned by Curtis Publishing Company and Show, owned by Huntington Hartford.
She has two sons, Adam, a financial planner, and Noah, a family practice physician specializing in HIV, a granddaughter Jaedyn and grandson Jasper. She is married to Gary Foster, a general contractor.
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