JUL 2013

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ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Greater Miami CVB INSIDER'S G U I D E By Ashley Wright Miami, Florida Miami's Development is Hot, Hot, Hot! Miami is teeming with life these days in almost every area of the city. And, although known for its ultra luxe and boutique properties, a variety of properties and projects are being introduced from the eco-friendly to the budget friendly. Just ask Greater Miami CVB President/ CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME, who explained that overnight visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches grew 6.7 percent to a record-breaking 13.4 million overnight visitors in 2011, fueled by a 7.2 percent increase to a record 6.5 million international visitors and an increase of 6.2 percent to a record 6.9 million domestic visitors. "The strength of the Miami brand continued to attract a record number of overnight w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m visitors in 2011, helping the industry recover from the global recession," said Steven Haas, chairman of the Greater Miami CVB Board of Directors. Part of this growth was also reflected in meeting attendance. Solid and record-breaking attendance at major citywide conventions held in Greater Miami was reported in 2011 for organizations such as the American Statistical Association, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, American Society for Radiation Oncology and more. One of the biggest deals brewing to continue this growth is a plan for a luxury mixed-use development on the Miami Herald site by Resorts World Miami. Although largely scaled down from its initial scope, the project will now include condominiums, a Five-Star hotel, waterfront restaurants, and an 800-foot waterfront promenade along Biscayne Bay. "The new design for Resorts World Miami will bring to life one of Miami's most underutilized pieces of waterfront land after decades of inactivity," said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, co-founder and principal of Miami-based Arquitectonica, planners for the project. And getting around this growing destination is becoming much easier with the new Miami Central Station, a transportation hub that opened in several phases starting in spring 2012. The new facility includes Airport Link Metrorail service, providing a direct rail connection to Downtown Miami and a new rental car facility that unites 18 rental companies. ■ J U L Y 2 0 1 3 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 43

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