Bright future for All Aboard Florida

October 25, 2015

Miami-Dade visitors bureau reports record year, bright future

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual meeting on Friday was as much about the future as it was a look back on a record-setting year for tourism.Website Insert Turnkey Packages copy

At the gathering of about 600 business leaders at the Miami Beach Convention Center, President and CEO William D. Talbert released a statistical review of the year past. He also gave attendees a look at plans for the new Miami Beach Convention Center and convention hotel.

 “It’s not about quantity, it’s quality,” said Talbert, in explaining the benefits the new convention center, currently scheduled to break ground in December and open in 2018, will bring to the tourism and meeting industry in Miami-Dade. With a state-of-the-art LEED-certified center and amenity-laden hotel, due to open in 2019, Miami-Dade can compete for top-tier conventions such as in the medical and scientific fields, he said.

The first meeting at the new convention center is already booked: The American Health Information Management Association will be coming in September of 2018.

 The new Miami Beach Convention Center is expected to bring in an additional $100 million per year in economic impact, he said.

“We’ve promised 50 new bookings in the next five years, and I think we will exceed that,” said Talbert, in a short interview after the meeting. “The industry is waiting to see the shovel in the ground.”

The next five years also will bring new projects and developments to the Miami area that will boost tourism, including All Aboard Florida train service; American Dream Miami mega mall; Brickell City Centre office, retail and residential complex; Miami World Center retail, hotel and residential development; and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

Miami Herald reporter Nancy Dahlberg has the full story by clicking here.


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