APR 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 44 F L O R I D A SOUTH FLORIDA Miami & The Beaches Ground was recently broken on two major convention-center projects. The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) will nearly double in size and will be connected to a planned 800- room headquarter hotel. Construction has begun on the convention center. Projected opening dates are Summer 2018 for the MBCC and an undeter- mined date in 2019 for the hotel. In downtown Miami, the Miami Worldcenter, a large mixed-use project, will feature retail, hotel and convention facilities as well as separately managed residen- tial towers. It's scheduled to open in 2018. Greater Miami offers more than 50,000 hotel rooms, including 14 hotels that opened last year, 18 slated to open this year, eight to open in 2017 and four scheduled for 2018 openings. Miami's always-hot entertainment, culinary and cultural scene includes the Arts + Enter- tainment District – A+E, for short – with lots of culinary, theatrical and artistic activities close to downtown. Miami's first culinary incubator, The Wynwood Yard, opened late last year, featuring four very casual eateries. Greater Miami's Convention Centers: Now & Coming: James L. Knight Center • 100,000 square feet in the heart of downtown Miami including the Miami Convention Cen- ter and Miami Conference Center • 3 exhibit halls (28,000 square feet) • 37 meeting rooms (72,000 square feet) • Connects to the Hyatt Regency Miami, which has 612 guest rooms and 23,000 square feet of meeting space Miami Airport Convention Center • 172,000 square feet • Ballrooms: 29,000 square feet, 10,000 square feet, 7,000 square feet, 6,000 square feet • 60 individual function rooms • Dedicated conference center • Adjoins the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and adjacent Miami Interna- tional Airport Miami Beach Convention Center • Center scheduled for completion in 2018, hotel in 2019 • 4 exhibit halls of 500,000 square feet • New multi-purpose ballroom: 60,000 square feet • 81 breakout rooms Miami WorldCenter • 600,000 total square feet • 390,000 square feet of meeting space • 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall • 65,000-square-foot main ballroom • 45,000-square-foot junior ballroom • 10,000-square-foot, 1,500-seat lecture hall • 1,800-room Marriott Marquis World Convention Center Hotel • Completion by late 2018

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