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What’s Happening Travel & Tourism
GMCVB Travel & Research
A Message From Our President & CEO
Hello From Las Vegas.  I’m here with our team attending U.S. Travel’s IPW – a global gathering of international and domestic travel buyers and journalists representing more than 70 countries.  As many of you may recall, Greater Miami and Miami Beach has proudly hosted IPW several times, including 1994, 1999 and most recently, in 2009.  But as Bill Talbert would gently remind us – every year and every day is IPW in Miami.

Quite interested to get feedback from the dozens of appointments our teams have scheduled with key operators to better gauge visitor sentiment, travel demand and most importantly, outbound travel restrictions.  We’ll provide a more detailed update upon our return.

As we continue to monitor key indicators, one need not look further to current “airlift” (flights and the total number of passenger seats scheduled to fly into Miami International Airport).

For the upcoming 4th quarter (October – December), there are a total of just over 4.5 million domestic airline seats scheduled to arrive in Miami.  This is a remarkable increase of 43.4% above the number of scheduled seats during the  4th quarter back in 2019.  This is part of the supply/demand chain of events that is helping respond to and fuel our short-term recovery – and currently our key dependance on domestic leisure travel.

That said (time for a pun), significant headwinds remain with respect to key international source markets and total seats heading our way for the upcoming 4th quarter.  Compared to the same period in 2019, Canada’s total of scheduled seats is currently down 41%.  Europe’s schedule is down 32.5%. One bright spot is Central America - up 25% for this upcoming quarter compared to 2019. Mexico’s scheduled seats for quarter four are also up 7.8%. And equally encouraging, scheduled seats from all of South America are up 4.2% using the same 2021 to 2019 comparison.

So unfortunately, we will need a bit more time to monitor the resumption of significant inbound travel from Canada and Europe.  This will not only impact our leisure visitor potential but international attendees seeking to travel here for major events, trade shows or conventions. 

This will simply have to continue to be monitored – and much more will be known in the upcoming weeks and months.  Speaking of upcoming and recent activities, I encourage you to read on about some of the key elements shared in this week’s What’s Happening.

David Whitaker

GMCVB Delegation at IPW 2021
This week, the GMCVB is at U.S. Travel’s IPW 2021 in Las Vegas with a delegation of eleven, headed by GMCVB President & CEO David Whitaker. Throughout three days of pre-scheduled appointments, the Travel Industry Sales team is meeting with international and domestic buyers, while Communications connects with global media outlets. Multicultural Tourism will be highlighting the diversity of the destination, and Sports & Entertainment will showcase Greater Miami and Miami Beach as a premier sports and entertainment destination. IPW is the leading international inbound travel tradeshow, connecting travel exhibitors with travel buyers and media to promote and negotiate future business, securing America’s position as a foremost global travel destination.
Art of Black Miami Podcast – Summer Series
The Art of Black Miami podcast series, a GMCVB initiative, continues to highlight Miami-based artists monthly. This summer series closes September 20th with renowned artist Robert McKnight. The podcast features a varied selection of emerging and experienced artists who make Miami an exciting place to live and visit. Click here for more information.
Convention Sales Partners with HelmsBriscoe in DC
GMCVB AVP of Convention Sales Marti Tejada returned from a successful Washington D.C. sales mission in partnership with HelmsBriscoe. The collaborative effort allowed the team to host, among others, the American Staffing Association, Vertical Flight Society and American Gastroenterological Association. With strong interest for the destination from leading association and corporate planners, RFPs for future dates are expected.
Bill Talbert To Be Honored at Miami Marlins Game
Join the GMCVB and the Miami Marlins on October 1 for a special celebration in honor of former GMCVB President & CEO, William Talbert III.  The Miami Marlins vs. Phillies game will celebrate with a recognition and ceremonial first pitch in his honor. Enjoy a special ticket offer for all South Florida Hospitality Workers along with postgame concert to celebrate Caribbean Heritage. Click here to purchase tickets.
Last Chance to Register for GMCVB Annual Partner Expo
This is your last chance to register for the GMCVB Annual Partner Expo and Networking Breakfast on September 22 at Jungle island. Networking, complimentary breakfast, live entertainment, free business photo headshots and fantastic prizes will be awarded. All this and a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring a live art activation! Click here to register.
Cultural Tourism to Art Basel
GMCVB Director of Cultural Tourism John Copeland will host a Greater Miami and Miami Beach Visitor Information Desk at the upcoming Art Basel fair in Switzerland, September 20-26. Fair attendees will receive the latest news and information regarding travel, accommodations and cultural activities ahead of Miami Art Week taking place November 29 – December 5.
Convention Sales To Attend SGMP      
The Convention Sales team will be attending the hybrid version of Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) National Education Conference September 21-23. The event will be held in Huntsville, AL and is expected to draw 150 participants, where the team will be promoting Greater Miami and Miami Beach during numerous education and networking sessions.
MIA Names New Director
Rafael Cutié has been named Director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, having previously served as Interim Director. Altogether, MIA and its four General Aviation Airports generate approximately $32 billion in revenue and support more than 275,000 direct and indirect jobs. Cutié, a County veteran, brings more than 33-years of experience in the planning and management of large-scale facility and capital improvement projects. Click here for more information.
Hospitality Check-in Series
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, together with the South Florida Concierge Association (SFCA), is excited to bring you the next Hospitality Check-in Series, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. Join the virtual conversation with Miguel Pena, SFCA President, and Chief Concierges Ernesto Aragon of the Biltmore Hotel and Claudia Abma of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Click here to register.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Greater Miami’s cultural diversity is proudly hailed! Now through October 15, join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring their legacy here and across the nation. From Pride events to baseball celebrations, here are the top ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Click here for more information.
Seatrade Cruise Global Returns to MBCC
The leading annual B2B event for the global cruise industry, Seatrade Cruise Global, will return to the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) September 27.  The four-day conference explores the latest trends with industry influencers and high-level cruise executives. The exhibition is the largest gathering of the cruise industry with over 700 exhibiting companies. Click here for more information.
Free Small Business Training Opportunity Now Available
Miami Bayside Foundation (MBF) Small Business Training is now accepting applications for the Fall Small Business Training.  This free training is open to entrepreneurs seeking to take their businesses to the next level. Small business owners must be in operation for a minimum of six months and at least 51% minority-owned. This training is supported by various partners, including the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism & Development Department. For more information, email here.
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