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MULTICULTURALMIAMI
Multicultural Miami Newsletter
OCTOBER 2023

Welcome to the GMCVB Multicultural Tourism and Development e-newsletter! This newsletter consists of a sampling of GMCVB collaborations, business relief efforts and resources available on a local and national level. In addition, it contains past department activities and upcoming in-person and virtual events in Greater Miami and Miami Beach.

 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
 
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GMCVB 2023 Annual Meeting
Join GMCVB Chairman of the Board, Bruce Orosz, Incoming GMCVB Chair of the Board, Julissa Kepner, and GMCVB President & CEO, David Whitaker, as we share highlights from the past year and our plans for the year ahead, and recognize outgoing Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. Meeting will take place on October 26, 3 - 5 p.m., at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Stay for a fantastic networking reception with some surprises! Tickets are only $10 and proceeds will benefit those affected by Hurricane Idalia. Click here to register.
 
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami
What does Miami have in common with Hispanic Heritage Month? Miami has the largest melting pot of Hispanics in the country, totally influencing its culture and its Latin vibe throughout almost all of Miami’s intricate neighborhoods and streets!  Click here to explore the many Hispanic Heritage events, that include the cultures of Latin countries of Spain, the Caribbean, Central and South America,  happening in Miami! The GMCVB is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Celebrating Milestones by Calle Ocho News. Make sure not to miss the City of North Miami's La Gran Fiesta - Una Noche Tropical and remember to explore the life and career of the legendary Queen of Salsa at the inaugural Celia Cruz Forever exhibit, on display at Tower Theater.  
 
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Miami Carnival 2023
Welcome to Miami Carnival, the ultimate cultural experience that combines the various elements of Carnival with the beauty of Miami. The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, with its unwavering dedication and a deeply-rooted passion for Carnival, is gearing up to orchestrate one of the most significant cultural events of the year. The 39th Annual Miami Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert happens October 8, at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Attendees are  treated to abundant Caribbean and international cuisine, beverages, and arts and crafts, enhancing Caribbean culture and pride celebrations. Be part of the explosion of colorful, vibrantly clad parade revelers moving to the sounds of soca music. This year’s event is poised to be the biggest and most electrifying yet, with an array of activities and entertainment that will captivate attendees of all ages. Make sure to check out the additional events leading up to the big day. This event is hosted by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
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Celebrate Orgullo
Celebrate Orgullo, the first Hispanic and Indigenous LGBTQ+ festival in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, is back for its 13th edition on October 1-15. There’s no better way to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and the destination’s diversity and history as an LGBTQ+ paradise. In 2021, Celebrate Orgullo (Spanish for “pride”) was named #4 among the top 14 most unique LGBTQ+ events around the world by TripSavvy.
 
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Miami-Dade Officially Declares October 9, 2023, as Miccosukee Day
In honor and recognition of the strength and endurance of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners recently declared Monday, October 9, 2023, Miccosukee Day. Moving forward, the second Monday of every October will be known as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Miami-Dade County.
 
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
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Miami Dragon Boat Festival

The 3rd annual Miami Dragon Boat Festival returns to Haulover Park on October 28  for an exciting day racing and all-ages fun. Great White North (GWN) Dragon Boat is proud of their joint partnership with Save Our Sisters Miami. A portion of the proceeds from the event will help support their program as they introduce breast cancer survivors to the sport. Festival features 500m team racing, a Health and Wellness Village, live entertainment, culture expo and food truck bazaar.Podcast Series visit Click here for more.

 
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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Unlocking Small Business Success: Exploring Tourism Opportunities
Unlocking Small Business Success: Exploring Tourism Opportunities

Join us on October 24 at the Oasis at Miami Gardens for Unlocking Small Business Success: Exploring Tourism Opportunities. This workshop is designed to empower small business owners with the knowledge, expertise, and actionable strategies that are essential to harness the potential for business growth and prosperity. The tourism industry offers a wealth of opportunities for small businesses to thrive, and this workshop serves as a comprehensive guide to unlock those opportunities. Click here for more details and to register. This event is organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism & Development department as part of the Tourism Business Enhancement program. For more information, please click here.

 
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ART OF BLACK MIAMI
Art of Black Miami
Submit Your Art Event for the Miami Art Week Guide & Map
Promote your upcoming exhibition, art event, or program on the Art of Black Miami Calendar of Events. If you are producing an art event that highlights the artistic and cultural landscape found in Miami's heritage neighborhoods and communities, celebrating the black diaspora, we want to hear from you! The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has a dedicated website where your event can be marketed and promoted globally during Miami Art Week and beyond. Submit your event here, the deadline is Monday, October 16. The GMCVB reserves the right for all final approval and content uploaded to the website.
 
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RESOURCES, GRANTS & LOANS
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Must-Know Resources for Miami-Dade County's Small Business Owners

Have you heard of Axis Helps and Strive305? These are two of the most important resources available to small business owners located in Miami-Dade County. Together, they can answer your questions, connect you with resources, and make sure that your business has the tools needed to survive and thrive.  

 
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COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS
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Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Hispanic Heritage Month Community Tour

Join us on October 13 for a walking tour along Miami’s famous Calle Ocho SW 8th Street in Little Havana.  Travel with us on this cultural trail as we explore and learn about the rich heritage, historic landmarks, attractions, and this vibrant neighborhood.  Celebrate the histories and contributions of citizens whose heritage came from the Caribbean, Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. Click here for more details. This event is organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism & Development department.

 
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BLACK HOSPITALITY INITIATIVE
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Black Hospitality Initiative launches its Internship/Apprenticeship Program 

The Black Hospitality Initiative (BHI) Internship/Apprenticeship Program remains open all year for eligible applicants to apply. The Internship Program will ensure the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Greater Miami and the beaches have a workforce prepared to serve and lead sustainable careers. BHI hoteliers, tourism, and educational partners are ready to fill employment needs. Interns are assigned to positions where they learn multiple transferable skills in areas that match their training, educational backgrounds, and interests. Please share this link with your Human Resources Office or with those who are interested in workforce placement and careers in hospitality and tourism.

 
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CONVENTIONS, LEISURE & TRAVEL
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Black Travel Summit

The Black Travel Summit is uniting travel enthusiasts, industry leaders, and travelpreneurs for an inspiring and explorative weekend. The 2nd edition takes place October 20-22 at the Hyatt Centric Brickell. The summit features a speaker series, workshops, media marketplace, awards gala, yacht brunch, pool party, and BlackAF FAM tours. This year's theme is "Voyage in Color". Click here to learn more and to see the summit's full schedule to plan your itinerary. Do not miss our Senior Vice President, Connie Kinnard's workshop on the last day: Making it to VP & the Importance of Multicultural Tourism. This event is sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 
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HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY & EDUCATION
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VMLY&R Unveils Inclusion Experience Advisory Council

VMLY&R, an American marketing and communications company, announced the launch of the Inclusion Experience (IX) Advisory Council, a strategic group that works on the critical need to redefine standards and raise the bar for inclusive teams, representative marketing, and more. Comprised of diverse leaders across a variety of industries from some of the nation’s largest and most well-known organizations, including our very own Senior Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development, Connie Kinnard. The council’s goals are to further evolve the narratives and practices around multicultural marketing, inclusive design, and experience strategy. The board is chaired by Myron King, chief integration officer at VMLY&R. The company name is the result of the merger of VML (Valentine, McCormick, Ligibel) and Y&R (Young & Rubicam). Read more here.

 
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MIAMI DEALS
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enjoy special offers all year long!

A staycation or night out in Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a wonderful idea – and thanks to local Miami deals and special offers, it doesn’t have to be an expensive one, either. From exclusive discounts at Miami’s best hotels and attractions to deals at top restaurants, reduced-priced tours and more, there are so many ways to be budget-conscious and explore Miami with less stress on your wallet.

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THE MULTICULTURAL TOURISM & DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Connie Kinnard
Senior Vice President,
Multicultural & Tourism Development
305/539-3123
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Graylin Swilley-Woods, Ph.D.
Director, Black Hospitality Initiative
Multicultural Tourism & Development
305/539-3088
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Ella Pedre
Coordinator,
Multicultural & Tourism Development
305/539-3097
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Petra Brennan
Director,
Tourism Business Enhancement
305/539-3126
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Herlinda Lombardi
Program Manger,
Multicultural & Tourism Development
305/539-3128
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