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JUNE 2024

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

The American Black Film Festival
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will celebrate its 28th anniversary on Miami Beach from June 12-16. The ABFF brings together Black culture enthusiasts, artists, executives and filmmakers from around the world for five days of screenings, talk events, exclusive parties and high-powered networking.  The event is considered the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts. Additionally, in partnership with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau,  on Sunday, June 16, the festival will end with an ABFF Community Day. Held at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, this is a free event filled with fun and entertainment curated for family audiences. Extend the celebration with the virtual segment from June 17-24 on ABFF Play, where you can watch films from the U.S. and around the world from the comfort of your own screen.
Wat Buddharangsi of Miami 
Wat Buddharangsi of Miami (Buddhist Temple) is celebrating their 42nd anniversary. The Temple is a prominent center for Buddhism and Thai culture studies in Miami. They warmly invite you to join them on June 9 to mark this occasion. Beyond the spiritual aspects, the celebration offers a vibrant cultural experience with vendors with a variety of items for sale, including food, fruits, vegetables, clothing, jewelry, and more. There will also be on-stage performances throughout the celebration.sages of hope and support. Click here for more details.
June a Month of Culture, Celebration and Appreciation
June not only marks the beginning of the summer but also celebrates different cultures.  The month of June celebrates the African American musical influences during National Black Music Month, which is a huge part of our nations cultural fabric. It also honors Caribbean-American Heritage Month recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. From a historical perspective, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 – the day Black Americans in Texas were informed that slavery had been abolished and enslaved people were declared free. Celebrate Juneteenth in Miami, where our rich cultural heritage comes alive in honor of this historic day. See how Greater Miami and Miami Beach celebrates our heritage communities on Multicultural Miami.
CAMACOL presents the Miami Media and Film Market
SAVE the DATE! The Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States (CAMACOL) presents the 2024 Miami Media and Film Market #MMFM14 being held July 14-17 at the Biltmore Hotel's Conference Center of the America's.  A fast growing international, Intellectual Property, creative development, and co-production forum for the global screen industries.  This year's MMFM conference features a new format with three days of networking, one-to-one pitch meetings, and high-level panel discussions.  Industry representatives from around the world will be in attendance for private pitch sessions.  Registration is now open, learn more here.
loan depot
Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration with the Miami Marlins

Join us for the Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration at loanDepot park on June 8. Cheer on the Marlins as they face off against the Cleveland Guardians. With the purchase of a Puerto Rican Heritage ticket package, you'll receive an exclusive Puerto Rican Heritage Marlins jersey. After the game, enjoy a special performance by Puerto Rican singer Christian Alicea on the West Plaza. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit several local Puerto Rican non-profits. Click here for more.

Business Development
Register Now! Miami Bayside Foundation Small Business Training 

Enrollment for the Miami Bayside Foundation's Small Business Workshop is open. The program runs from July 16 through August 21.  The 16-session online workshop is geared towards helping business owners sharpen their entrepreneurial skills while learning how to prepare to access capital. Participating small businesses will complete workshop training led by industry professionals. The program is supported by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau's Tourism Business Enhancement Initiative with the mission to advocate, support, and strengthen the economic sustainability and access of multicultural communities and heritage-related businesses within the Greater Miami & Miami Beach as part of the efforts of the Multicultural Tourism & Development Department. To learn more about this training opportunity and the application process email Petra Brennan.

Ampersand Studios
Artist Conversation: Mark Thomas Gibson
Join the Barnes Foundation and Miami Museum of​ Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (MoCAAD) June 4, at Ampersand Studios for an engaging conversation between  Miami-born artist Mark Thomas Gibson and James Claiborne, deputy director for community engagement at the Barnes. Gibson, a graduate of New World School of the Arts Miami is known for his work across painting, drawing, sculpture, and prints. He offers sharp, witty, and visually captivating commentary on American culture and how Black lives are represented in the United States. He will discuss his creative process and his experience with Miami MoCAAD’s This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now, an augmented and virtual reality exhibition that explores contemporary Black life. The event will also be live-streamed by the Barnes Foundation. Click here for get your tickets to the Miami Open tennis tournament? Great seats are available for GMCVB partners for a special price! The Miami Open is one of the most exciting tennis tournaments of the year, and you won't want to miss out on the action.
Workshop panel discussion
Investing in Our Communities: Minority Business Development Agency Panel

Join us for Investing in Our Communities, a thought-provoking panel discussion presented by the United States Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council (MDBC). Scheduled for June 5, this event will feature senior government officials, industry leaders, and minority business enterprises discussing contract opportunities, resources, access to capital, and more available from the federal government. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about best practices to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs, ensuring equitable access and inclusion for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Read more and register here.

Juneteenth park-In and Party Celebration
Juneteenth Park-In and Party Celebration

Take part of the Juneteenth Park-In and Party Celebration on June 15. This year's fest will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in the great City of Miami Gardens, South Florida's epicenter of black culture. This year's theme is "America Keeps Its Promise For Freedom For All"! Hosted by Miami Gardens' own Comedian Marvin Dixon and featuring music by DJs DJ Nasty 305, DJ Bo Weezy, and DJ Tight, the event promises to be a memorable celebration. Special local acts have been invited to perform, showcasing the community's successes, diversity, and unity. The event is presented by City of Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Katrina Wilson, Councilman Reggie Leon, and Councilman Robert Stephens III.vendors with a variety of items for sale, including food, fruits, vegetables, clothing, jewelry, and more. There will also be on-stage performances throughout the celebration.lick  for more details.

Future of Aviation Day

The Eig-Watson School of Aviation at Miami Dade College (MDC) hosted the Future of Aviation Day at Miami Executive Airport in Homestead. The school is a premier institution for aviation education, offering comprehensive programs that prepare students for successful careers in the aviation industry. Black Hospitality Initiative (BHI) aviation students Wilder Boucher and Draeden Ramsay joined over 150 high school students who participated in the day’s event. The event showcased the latest advancements in aviation technology and provided a platform for industry professionals, students, and aviation enthusiasts to connect and learn. There were interactive workshops for participants to engage directly with new technologies, including advanced flight simulation systems. Students visited numerous booths of academic partners and vendors related to the aviation industry. The event concluded with closing remarks on the topic of aviation’s future and opportunities. 

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
Save the date! 28th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show

Each year the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD) attracts boundless opportunities for African American Entrepreneurs interested in developing, owning and investing in hotels. Whether you are a student interested in hospitality or the owner of a unique product or service which could be sold or distributed in a hotel, NABHOOD is the place to create those relationships as well as ink your first deal with a major hotel brand. This event will take place July 24-26 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Click here for event details.

Chaplin school of hospitality
Title Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Ranked in World’s Top 1%

The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) continues to ascend in the rankings. In the 2024 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject: Hospitality & Leisure Management, the Chaplin School advanced two spots from No. 8 to No. 6, securing its position as one of the top hospitality programs among United States public universities. Globally, its ranking also improved from 35 to 31, placing it in the top 1% of institutions offering hospitality and tourism education. Renowned as the nation's premier inclusive hospitality program, the Chaplin School also boasts the highest number of undergraduate Black, Hispanic, and international student graduates compared to any other institution.

Miami Temptations
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.

June Social
Fluffy pink clouds reflecting off of iridescent waters, what’s more Miami than that? 🌅🌊 #FindYourMiami

(📸: @likekeybiscayne)
June Social 2
Life in Miami can move pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it 😎🌴 #FindYourMiami

(🎥: @aloha_paigee)
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Connie Kinnard
Senior Vice President,
Multicultural & Tourism Development
Graylyn Swilley-Woods, Ph.D.
Director, Black Hospitality Initiative
Multicultural Tourism & Development
Ella Pedre
Multicultural & Tourism Development
Petra Brennan
Senior Director,
Tourism Business Enhancement
Herlinda Lombardi
Program Manager,
Multicultural & Tourism Development
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