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Message From The President & CEO

I was pleased to spend time with so many of you yesterday during our Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Turnberry and I thank you for the heartfelt welcome. As we celebrated Bill Talbert’s more than 50 years of service to our industry and our community, I was reminded of the very big shoes we have to fill and look forward to the opportunity.

We named six new members to our Board – Rodney Barreto, Barreto Hospitality; Rick Beasley of Career Source; Kevin Bryant, Fontainebleau; our new MIA Director Ralph Cutié; Mutluhan Kucuk, Loews Hotels; Adolfo Perez, Carnival Cruise Line; and Grisette Roque-Marcos with the Miami Beach VCA. They join a diverse and representative GMCVB Board of Directors, and we challenge them to challenge us to even greater things.

2021 Incoming Board Members
Rodney Barreto Rick Beasley Kevin Bryant Ralph Cutie
Rodney Barreto
President & Chief Executive Officer
Barreto Group
& Barreto Hospitality
Rick Beasley
Executive Director
CareerSource South Florida
Kevin Bryant
Vice President of Sales
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Ralph Cutie
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Mollohan Kucuk Adolfo Perez Grisette Roque-Marcos
Mutluhan Kucuk
Managing Director
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Adolfo Perez
Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Trade Marketing
Carnival Cruise Line
Grisette Roque-Marcos
Executive Director
Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority

Finally, I was delighted to announce Carol Motley as our new Senior Vice President of Convention Sales & Services. She brings more than 26 years of experience to the organization, and a track record of success representing some of the top convention centers, big box hotels and destinations in the country. This diversity of experiences will serve our team and hotel partners well, both in support of our newly expanded Miami Beach Convention Center and our hotel partners’ in-house meetings. I’m eager to work in support of Carol and our team in this mission. I look forward to as well, celebrating the many success stories to come. If you missed the annual meeting, click here for a recap.

Carol Motley
Senior Vice President, Convention Sales & Services
Carol Motley
GMCVB Tourism Recovery Campaigns Lauded
Two of the GMCVB’s Tourism Recovery campaigns have been recognized at the highest level by Travel Weekly – winning Gold Magellan awards in the annual global competition. Both the MiamiLand and Stay Safe, Wrap Your Face campaigns won in the destination marketing category. The prestigious Magellan Awards receive entries from top travel organizations and professionals worldwide.
Multicultural Tourism & Development Attends NCBMP Annual Convention
Connie Kinnard, VP of Multicultural Tourism & Development, will attend the 38th Annual Convention of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals November 11-13 in Cincinnati. The NCBMP is a non-profit organization primarily dedicated to the training needs of African American Meeting Planners. Click here for more information.
Communications Team Attending WTM 2021
The Communications Team travels to World Travel Market (WTM) 2021 in London November 1-4. WTM is the second largest trade show in the world, attracting more than 48,000 travel industry professionals representing over 189 countries and regions, providing a unique opportunity for the global travel industry to conduct business and meet with leading press from throughout the world.
Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld Returns to the MBCC
Convention Services welcomes Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld to the Miami Beach Convention Center, November 10-12. The event includes a signature one-day exhibitor showcase, supplier workshops, peer-led sessions, and myriad networking opportunities for suppliers and advisors. Click here for more information.
GMCVB COO Presents at Visit Florida’s L’Ship
GMCVB COO Rolando Aedo, in partnership with Visit Florida, travels with select Florida DMOs to Bogota, Colombia November 8-11.  Aedo will present to a group of travel professionals, including top travel agents and media, highlighting what’s new in Greater Miami and Miami Beach. The group will have multiple opportunities to network and engage with leading buyers and press, sharing destination updates. 
Partnership Breakfast at Museum of Illusions
Join us for a fun experience at the next GMCVB Partnership Networking Breakfast on November 10 at the Museum of Illusions on South Beach. Tour of the museum will follow the breakfast. Click here for more information.
The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa Returns to MBCC
Convention Services welcomes The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa to the Miami Beach Convention Center November 7-8. The event is an all-inclusive educational experience with the most cutting-edge and innovative techniques and programming showcased. Click here for more information.
Communications Works with Le Figaro 
The Communications Team is working with Jean-Bernard Carillet, a tourism/travel journalist from France’s Le Figaro, publishing a Special USA Tourism issue to be released on November 8. Carillet will also host a 45-minute program dedicated to tourism in the U.S. on Figaro Web TV, named Terminal F with Bénédicte Menu. 
U.S. Reopens to International Visitors November 8
Beginning November 8, the U.S. lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors. This is an important step in restoring our international inbound travel sector. A U.S. Travel fact sheet that explains the new policies in greater detail can be viewed here. Click here for more information.
New Partnership Created at FIU
The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) partnered with Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) to create the Gordon "Butch" Stewart International School of Hospitality & Tourism. The new partnership creates a pathway for students to learn, live and study hospitality while earning their bachelor's, master's and/or Ph.D. degrees. Click here for more information.
Art of Black Miami Cover Competition Now Open
The GMCVB and MIA Magazine invite you to enter the Art of Black Miami Cover Competition.  Open to all visual artists working and living in Greater Miami, with a cash prize of $5000 and $1500 to the 1st and 2nd place winners. Entries must be received by November 10.  MIA Magazine Cover Competition. Click here for more information.
The Revolution – A Masquerade & Fashion Show Event 
Catwalk Pros Model & Talent Management hosts a masquerade launch party October 30 at the Historic Hampton House. The launch for the new, all-inclusive modeling agency showcases talent from our diverse diaspora. The GMCVB is a proud sponsor, and our VP of Multicultural Tourism & Development, Connie Kinnard, will be honored at the event. Click here for more information.
Welcome Back Brightline
Brightline train service relaunches November 8th with multiple enhancements to the guest experience, including new food and beverage options at MiamiCentral’s new 26,000-square-foot Citizens Culinary Center. Brightline currently serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with expansion stations in Aventura and Boca Raton opening in 2022. Click here for details and relaunch discounts.
Condé Nast Traveler Readers Name Their Top Hotels
Congratulations to our hotel partners included in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2021.  A distinctive and eclectic array of Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s premier boutique properties, beachside resorts and urban art hotels were rated by Condé Nast readers among the Top 20 Hotels in Miami. Click here for more information.
Get Ready for the Miami Dragon Boat Festival
Round out racing season at the Miami Dragon Boat Festival on November 20. Join us in partnership with Save Our Sisters Miami for this inaugural festival at the Miami Marine Stadium. No experience is required to participate. Dragon Boat provides a great team building experience for your organization. Click here for more information.
iGen Festival
The GMCVB is a sponsor of the 6th Annual iGen Film Festival returning October 29–31 to the Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown.  The festival’s mission is to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers ages 16-25, helping reach the broadest possible audience and generating international dialogue through cinema. Click here for more information.
FAA Networking Nights
Mark your calendar for Networking Nights, November 9 at Zoo Miami. This fun and exciting regional networking event, created by and for members of the Florida Attractions Association (FAA), brings local attraction representatives together with their industry suppliers in a casual, social environment. The GMCVB is proud to support this event; click here to register.
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Miami Shines
Have a pitcher perfect Oktoberfest in Greater Miami and Miami Beach with so many fun festivities to go around! Enjoy German beers, live music, food, & German folk dancing! #foundinmiami
Cars Buckle Up
This year's beach essentials are swimsuits, sunscreen, and seat belts! Make a conscious decision to #BuckleUp and be safe on your way to Miami Beach. #foundinmiami
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