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Welcoming the World Back to Greater Miami and Miami Beach

The U.S. will be reopening to International visitors in November, presenting a tremendous opportunity for our destination to recapture this critical market. Your GMCVB team will be significantly expanding its efforts in the coming weeks to capitalize on this long-awaited decision and use it as an opportunity to expand our already substantial market share. Immediate next steps are a relaunch of GMCVB global resources, fully activating various trade and consumer initiatives including:

  • Our Global Representation Network, which works with travel trade and helps generate international MICE leads
  • International PR / Social Media firms to secure positive media coverage and drive social media conversations and engagement.
  • In-Person Familiarization Tours to educate the travel trade first-hand on new destination experiences, and showcase hotels and attractions to help facilitate sales to their customers.
  • Expanding Content and Website Development in multiple languages with rich storytelling that appeals to the international traveler and is delivered through appropriate channels.
  • Using key learnings from our recovery programs, including MiamiShines and MiamiLand, to refine and expand our target personas and segments to include crucial international preferences.
  • Maximizing key partnerships with tourism promotion organizations at state, national and global levels, such as Brand USA, Visit Florida and Visit USA Committees.
  • Working with organizers to leverage and expand marketing of marquee events with strong international draws, including Art Basel, Miami International Boat Show, Formula One and others.
The Academy Awards

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) honored its own during the 30th Annual South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year Awards luncheon yesterday. Nominees included GMCVB COO Rolando Aedo, Steve Adkins (Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), DeAnne Connolly Graham (ROI Media Consultants), Julie Grimes (The Heafey Group), Charles Kropke (Dragonfly Expeditions), Troy Wright (Washington Avenue BID), and winner Peter Ricci, Ed.D. of Florida Atlantic University.

AOHT prepares students for a post-secondary education in hospitality and tourism-related majors across 16 Miami-Dade County Public School campuses. Each year, they provide work-based learning programs, mentorships, professional development and scholarships to more than 2000 students and their teachers.

This year, to honor our former president and CEO (and one of my mentors), the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) established the William D. Talbert, III Scholarship, recognizing his significant contributions to our industry for more than three decades. Bill generously made an initial contribution of $10,000 to the scholarship fund, matched by an equally generous anonymous donor. To support AOHT through a contribution to the William D. Talbert, III Scholarship Fund, please reach out to our friends and partners at the GMBHA.

Congratulations to all our winners and especially to our students, who ultimately gain the most from these opportunities as they develop the talent and skills to join our visitor industry workforce and succeed.

GMCVB Annual Meeting October 28
Register now for the GMCVB’s Annual Meeting, hosted October 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort. Join our new President & CEO David Whitaker, and Chairman of the Board Bruce Orosz, as we share highlights from the past year and our vision for the future. We’ll also honor and celebrate former GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. Take advantage of early bird ticket rates through October 7th. Event and business expo tables sponsorships are still available; contact Ali Bibeau to learn more.
Communications Team Attends Society of American Travel Writer’s Annual Convention
Suzie Sponder, the Team’s Senior Director of Communications, attends the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Annual Convention in Milwaukee, October 3-7, where she’ll be meeting with North America’s most influential travel and lifestyle writers. SATW is travel writings' premier networking organization, bringing together content creators from across all media platforms with travel and hospitality brands. 
Communications Team Hosts Freelancer Covering Seatrade

The Team hosted travel writer David Swanson while in Miami and Miami Beach for SeaTrade, the leading annual B2B event for the global cruise industry, bringing together buyers and suppliers from 140 countries, and more than 300 international journalists. In addition to covering SeaTrade, Swanson is working on stories for Corporate & Incentive Travel and Insurance & Financial Meetings Management magazines.

Communications Team Hosts Influencer and Editor of Bucket List Publications
Influencer and editor of Bucket List Publications, Lesley Carter, was hosted by the Team while in Miami to explore and produce content for her travel media platforms (social media and blog), which portray the beauty and limitless possibilities of the bucket list seeker, and where she also shares family travel tips, destination guides & adventurous activities (Combined Followers: 526.1K). 
Miami Entertainment Months Begins Today
With no shortage of things to do and see in and out of the sun, experience a range of cultural, sports, arts and special events during Miami Entertainment Months. The two-month promotion gives visitors and locals alike exclusive savings on a variety of entertainment experiences throughout Greater Miami and Miami Beach. For more information, visit
Communications Team Hosting LGBTQ Travel Columnist and Blogger for Canada’s
The Team hosts LGBTQ columnist Ryan Massel October 1-3, researching Miami and LGBTQ-friendly Florida for (UVM: 112K), a Canadian-based boutique digital travel magazine whose content is regularly featured on national TV and radio broadcasts and syndicated nationwide, and for his blog – (UVM: 20K).
Communications Team Hosts Freelancer Covering Miami Carnival
In support of Miami Carnival, one of the biggest celebrations of the Caribbean, the Team hosts travel writer/contributor Kimberly Wilson October 7-10. Wilson is covering the destination and Miami Carnival for Essence (1,946,145 UVM), a monthly magazine for African American women covering travel, fashion, lifestyle and addressing current issues in the African American community. 
Communications Team Hosts Brazilian Journalist 
Brazilian journalist and social media influencer Renata Araujo was with the Team September 30-October 2, writing for You Must Go Blog (300 K pageviews), a luxury travel website covering destinations, hotels, restaurants and lifestyle (Instagram @youmustgoblog 53 K followers). 
F1 Miami Grand Prix Set to Race May 2022
Formula 1® Miami Grand Prix will hold its first race May 6-8, 2022 at the Miami International Autodrome within the Hard Rock Stadium campus. The Formula 1 World ChampionshipTM will be split across three days, with Practice Sessions Friday, Qualifying Saturday, and the Grand Prix on Sunday. There will also be a host of other action and entertainment throughout the weekend. Click here for more information.
MDGLCC Hosts EXPOsure & Awards Luncheon
The Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host its popular EXPOsure & Awards Luncheon, presented by FPL, October 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the InterContinental at Doral Miami.  This year’s topic is a "2022 Hospitality Industry Forecast,” with a special award recognition given to former GMCVB President & CEO Bill Talbert. 
AfrICANDO 2021
The 22nd annual US-Africa Trade and Investment Conference will be hosted October 7-8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center (MACC). This year’s theme is the impact of COVID -19 on US-Africa trade and economic cooperation. The conference is designed to assist civil society organizations, businesses, and the African Diaspora in creating ties with US businesses. Click here for more information.
Miami Carnival Celebration Returns for its 37th Year 
Miami Carnival returns with one of the biggest celebrations of the Caribbean October 8-10 at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Steel drums, rhinestone-encrusted costumes and the aroma of Caribbean spices are just some of the many delights you’ll encounter at this GMCVB-sponsored event.
Miami International Auto Show Returns to MBCC
The Miami International Auto Show, among the nation’s premier auto expositions, returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) October 16-24. This year’s auto show features hundreds of new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, along with the industry’s most highly anticipated EVs making their debuts. To purchase tickets click here.
Nuestro Fest – Live from Miami!
Nuestro Fest, a National Hispanic Heritage Month-themed virtual festival, will be hosted live from Miami on national broadcast television October 2. Sponsored by the GMCVB, the two-hour program and live stream experience features a line-up of iconic and emerging Latin musicians, as well as other creative surprises.
FIU Alumnus Makes $5M gift to FIU Chaplin School
FIU Alumnus John McKibbon and wife Letitia made a $5 million gift to the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The gift will be used to enhance alumni outreach, implement formal integration of technology and innovation into the curriculum, and create student scholarships at FIU. Click here for more information.
Miami Celebrates the Arts & Business Council 
In Greater Miami and Miami Beach, the arts mean business and, according to the Miami Herald, some $1.5 billion annually. The arts also help build communities, and for more than 35 years the Arts & Business Council of Miami has played a pivotal role in this development. Read about how the organization, and its founder and CEO Laura Bruney, have helped transform arts and culture in Miami-Dade. Click here for more information.
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Miami Shines
Start your engines...the dates are officially set! @F1Miami is coming to @HardRockStadium May 8, 2022! Sign up for priority access to pre-sale tickets on October 26. #foundinmiami
We’re proud to support & celebrate our #LGBTQ+ community and visitors during @MiamiBeachPride festivities & parade. #OneLove #Unity #Inclusivity #Equality #MiamiBeachPride @VisitMiamiLGBTQ
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