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MIA Continues to Lead the Way in the Recovery of Airports
Tourism is on the rebound, signaling the return of flights as well as adding new carriers, resulting in more available seats for visitors who want to fly into Greater Miami. Miami International Airport is outperforming all U.S. Airports in adding seat capacity for June 2021 (up +334.2% year over year) as compared to the industry average (+157.7%). During June 2020, MIA had an average of 16,198 daily seats and this has grown to 70,330 daily seats in June 2021.

Adding more flights has been a solid strategy, with daily passenger traffic now reaching almost pre-pandemic levels. Decreased demand for travel and pandemic restrictions drastically reduced the number of passengers traveling through MIA since the start of the pandemic, but airlines are becoming increasingly confident that travel is making a comeback and they are encouraged to offer more flights to capture the pent-up demand. 

Miami International Boat Show Returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center
Informa Markets and the City of Miami Beach prepare to welcome the 2022 Miami International Boat Show, the largest boat and yacht event in the world. The premier event taking place February 16-20, 2022 is returning its on-land portion to the reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center after a six-year hiatus. In addition, the event will offer activities and activations across various locations in Greater Miami. Click here for more information.
Turkish Airlines Expands to MIA
As part of Turkish Airlines’ North American expansion plans, the carrier has increased the frequencies between Istanbul and Miami to ten times per week from daily service. Turkish Airlines began serving Miami International Airport during May 2015 and since then has been building up their passenger and cargo operations. Click here for more information.
FIU Receives $40 Million Gift from Philanthropists
Florida International University was recently gifted $40 million by philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to enhance their student success programs. The gift will solidify FIU’s role as an anchor institution that drives the community with additional resources to further enhance programs that have proven to fuel success among their students. Click here for more information.
SOBEWFF Safely Welcomed More than 30,000 Attendees
The 20th annual SOBEWFF® drew more than 30,000 attendees this year. The Festival consisted of more than 70 events spanning various neighborhoods. With the Festival’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols in place, SOBEWFF® delivered a memorable guest experience that featured a multitude of new safety measures and guidelines throughout the weekend. The event consistently supports the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management by awarding scholarships and student success at FIU. Click here for more information.
MIA and Asuncion International Airport Sign Partnership Agreement
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department and the Civil Aviation Authority of Paraguay signed a Sister Airports agreement between MIA and Asunción International Airport, establishing a commitment to assist each other in improving their passenger and cargo operations. Special thanks to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, Vice Chair of the Miami Dade County Commission Airports and Economic Development Committee for his vision in creating this partnership. Click here for more information.
Kimpton Hotels Celebrate Black Music Month and Art of Black Miami
In honor of June’s Black Music Month, Miami Kimpton hotels are paying homage to the rich history of Black music. In partnership with the GMCVB’s acclaimed Art of Black Miami initiative, each hotel will feature live performances by local Black musicians during the properties nightly wine hour. The brand also created a  Spotify playlist featuring a selection of soulful sounds. Special thanks to GMCVB Executive Committee member Eric Jellson for his leadership in this project.
Miami Marlins Celebrate Juneteenth
The Miami Marlins are celebrating a Week of Reflection and Service (June 19-27), including numerous community activities starting on Juneteenth and culminating with the annual Black History Celebration at loanDepot park on June 27. The events will promote the organization’s efforts for racial equality and raises funds to help further the development of the community’s future leaders. Click here for more information.
Third Horizon Film Festival Sets Spotlight on Caribbean Filmmakers
The Third Horizon Film Festival returns for its fifth edition June 24- July 1, as a hybrid style festival with a thoughtfully curated mix of in-person and virtual screenings. For the first time, the festival will be broadcasting to a global audience, sharing Caribbean culture through penetrating cinema, insightful discussions, electric music and visual art. Click here to purchase tickets.
GMCVB President & CEO to Attend Inauguration of the Westchester Cultural Arts Center
GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME will attend the Inauguration of the Westchester Cultural Arts Center on June 25 at Tropical Park.  Outdoor performances, movie nights and food festivals are a few of the many activities planned for this new outdoor venue. Click here for more information.
Coffee & Conversation Featuring Little Havana
Join the next GMCVB’s Coffee & Conversation on June 23 at 10:00 a.m. as we get an update on Little Havana’s past, present and future from Rosi Rosell , DOSM for Pressnet Corp. and Editor of Calle Ocho News and Denise Galvez Turroz, President GTMPR, City of Miami HEP Board member and Viernes Culturales Interim Director. Click here to register.
Multicultural Staff Complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certification
The GMCVB Multicultural Team completed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification facilitated by the University of South Florida MUMA College of Business. The course demonstrated how building and growing a workforce that includes diversity and inclusion can improve broad society issues and help companies develop novel business practices, increase revenue, and improve performance. Congrats to the MTDD team!
Convention Sales Participated in MPI WEC
The Convention Sales Team returned from Meeting Professionals International’s WEC. Along with networking and educational sessions, the Team engaged with over 20 individual meeting planners from associations and corporate organizations. Roche Pharmaceuticals and Women in Technology have expressed strong interest in Greater Miami.
GMCVB’s Connie Kinnard to Receive Annual Corporate Pillar Award
Connie Kinnard, GMCVB’s VP, Multicultural Tourism and Development, will be presented with the Corporate Pillar Award at the Annual Community Pillar Awards Ceremony on June 26 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME will attend the ceremony and the GMCVB’s Black Hospitality Initiative will be presenting scholarships to three Black students in the hospitality industry. Click here to email the Black Affairs Advisory Board Director.
Communications Team Hosts Spirits and Travel Journalist 
The Communications Team is hosting freelance spirits and travel journalist Céline Bossart, June 25-27 in partnership with the Kimpton Epic Hotel. While in Miami, she will enjoy visits to the Miami Design District and Wynwood with itinerary enhancements provided by the GMCVB.   Céline is a regular contributor to USA Today, NBC News, Billboard, INSIDER, Time Out New York, Medium, MSN and more.
Travel Industry Sales Team to Participate in ASTA South Florida Spring Affair
The Travel Industry Sales Team along with GMCVB partners will participate in the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) South Florida Chapter Spring Affair on June 23-24 in Deerfield Beach. Travel Industry Sales Director, Debra Lee, will be a panelist for their “Serving Clients in a Post-COVID Environment” discussion on June 24.  Over 125 ASTA-member travel advisors are expected to attend.
Convention Sales Attended Eden Roc Miami Beach Client Event
The Convention Sales Team attended the June 15 Client Reception hosted at Eden Roc Miami Beach, in partnership with Davidson and Pivot Hotels. Several local customers from HelmsBriscoe and Brickell Travel, enjoyed the evening festivities and hospitality.  
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What a night! GMCVB’s MVP @BillTalbert was honored by the @GMBHA as it’s 1st Hospitality & Tourism Leader of the Year! Kudos to Wendy Kallergis and her team for an amazing event and special thanks to @USTravel President/CEO Roger Dow for flying in to honor “Miami Bill”!
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