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Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700
Miami, Florida 33131
305/539-3084, Fax 305/539-2911
http://www.MiamiAndBeaches.com
E-mail: Media@MiamiAndBeaches.com
Contact: Media Relations, 305-539-3084, 800-955-3646 (U.S./Canada)

    MEET ME IN MIAMI: TROPICAL PARADISE IS A MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS DESTINATION

    (MIAMI) - A dynamic international city, Greater Miami is a rare hybrid -- a sophisticated urban resort with world-class business amenities that doubles as a laidback tropical paradise. Conventioneers reap the benefits when they choose to meet in a town where combining business with pleasure is as effortless as convening a conference on a waterfront terrace kissed by glorious sunshine and soft breezes. Boasting a centrally located international airport, temperatures that average 75°F year round, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and close to 50,000 hotel rooms, Miami has evolved into a meeting destination for all seasons. Factor in the lure of the world-famous Art Deco District, white sand beaches, sparkling Biscayne Bay and renowned dining and entertainment and it is easy to see why many of the world's most prestigious associations and corporate meetings, conventions and trade shows choose to meet in Miami. Each year, more than 880,000 delegates converge on Miami, contributing close to $1 billion to the local economy.

    Takin' Care of Business

    Miami Beach Convention Center (www.MiamiBeachConventionCenter.com), located just blocks from the beach, is a modern, comfortable setting for trade shows and conventions and offers more than 500,000-square-feet of exhibit space that can be divided to accommodate up to four groups simultaneously. With state-of-the-art technology throughout, the convention center's striking architecture complements Miami Beach's historic Art Deco District and features a palette of soft pastels with occasional brightly colored accents. Tropical landscaping enhances the building, which is a model of up-to-date efficiency.

    Hoteliers and developers, increasingly hip to the city's growing reputation as a prime meeting location, have made modifications to existing space, or in the case of new development, designed properties with meetings in mind. The result is a myriad of interesting options for meeting planners. Small, trendy boutique hotels feature plush conference rooms with designer furniture and plasma screens to attract small, imageconscious groups. At the other end of the spectrum are full-service properties such as the all-new Regent Bal Harbour, which features 3,700-square-feet of conference and banquet space offering capacities from 15 to 110 people for meetings and receptions. Across the board, Miami’s hotel industry has incorporated meeting and convention business into marketing strategies, offering planners irresistible incentives to select Miami as their meeting destination.

    Since 1999, more than 10,000 new hotel rooms have been added throughout Greater Miami. Properties like the 790-room Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the 417-room Royal Palm Resort answered a longtime need on Miami Beach for luxury convention properties close to the convention center. In 2004, the 375-room The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach opened two blocks north of the Loews. All three upscale resorts feature ample function space and on-site business centers, yet are also within walking distance of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Likewise, in Coconut Grove, the 300-room Sonesta Hotel & Suites includes over 12,000-square-feet of meeting space while the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove boasts 15,000-square-feet of indoor/outdoor function space. Both properties are in close proximity to the Coconut Grove Expo Center, a waterfront, facility that has 150,000-square-feet of contiguous space, often used for arts and cultural shows, as well as exhibits. Located between 23rd and 24th Street, The Gansevoort South Hotel includes the Gansevoort Hotel Group’s signature feature, a 110- foot rooftop pool and bar as well as a spacious multi-level beach club. The property also features a 6,600-square-foot ballroom that accommodates up to 500 people, six state-of-the-art meeting rooms, an Ocean Terrace, Suites and a new exciting Penthouse Suite. This 3,400-square-foot room is located on the North East corner of the sixth floor with a striking view of the ocean and the northern strip of Miami Beach. The space is a perfect location for an intimate gathering or a conference style meeting for up to 30 guests.

    Established properties have also kept pace. The Fontainebleau Resort opened a new 36-story, all-suite Fontainebleau Tower in 2005, adding 460 suites to the oceanfront resort. In 2008, the resort plans to open an additional 400 new rooms. Next door, the 349-room Eden Roc Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa is undergoing a dramatic $180 million transformation and will introduce a new 270-room tower in 2008 and new 11,500- square-foot ballroom and additional event space. The 693-room Doral Golf Resort and Spa has spent $75 million upgrading, including a facelift to more than 100,000-squarefeet of meeting space. The new Legends Ballroom made its debut in 2007. The new $25 million facility features a 24,000-square-foot ballroom with 22-foot ceilings and 27,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor pre-function space that can accommodate up to 2,000 attendees.

    Also during 2007, Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach unveiled new oceanfront meeting and event space with spectacular views of the Atlantic and white-sand beaches from every corner of the room. The new Ocean Terrace Room is ideal for small and mid-size meetings and for everything from board meetings to formal dinners and small bridal receptions. Dressed up in elegant contemporary style, the Ocean Terrace Room offers 925-square-feet of space, an entire wall of windows overlooking the ocean, as well as an outdoor terrace for breaks, receptions or a breath of fresh sea air. The Ocean Terrace Room accommodates 70 banquet style, 50 classroom style and 20 in a "hollow square" configuration.

    Downtown Miami, where the city's international business and banking concerns are centered, has been a hub of development activity in recent years. The AAA Five- Diamond award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Miami takes excellent care of discerning delegates with 15,000-square-feet of flexible space, 22-foot ceilings, stunning rice-paper chandeliers and cutting-edge technology. The JW Marriott Hotel Miami caters lavishly to its primarily business clientele and the $379 million Four Seasons Hotel and Tower on Brickell Avenue instantly raised the bar for luxury business hotels throughout South Florida when it opened in 2003. Just a couple of doors down, the 203-room Conrad Hilton opened a year later. All of these properties offer easy proximity to the Miami Convention Center, a major downtown facility that encompasses the 614-room Hyatt Regency Hotel, which unveiled a $20 million renovation in early 2008, as well as the 5,000-seat James L. Knight Auditorium. A popular concert venue, the Knight Center boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems suitable for the world's most particular performers. Ranked as the "largest hotel exhibit space in South Florida," the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel & Convention Center offers 24,160-square-feet of meeting space plus another 115,500-square-foot. of meeting and exhibit space in the adjoining convention center.

    The grand dame of downtown Miami hotels, the Hotel InterContinental Miami recently completed a $34 million renovation which included upgrading and redesigning its 65,000 square feet of meeting space, while the nearby Radisson Hotel Miami, across from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, recently completed a $12 million renovation. Other popular hotels in this area include the 212-room Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, which completed a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2005 and the 603-room Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel & Marina.

    Many other hotels throughout Miami, from the new Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne (492 rooms) to the historic Biltmore in Coral Gables (280 rooms) offer attendees topnotch business facilities and service in beautiful resort settings. Also located in Coral Gables are first-rate business hotels such as the elegant Hyatt Regency (242 rooms) and the Omni Colonnade (157 rooms), with its new ballroom bringing meeting space to over 30,000 square feet.

    Time To Play

    One of the best reasons to meet in Miami is that when the day's work is done, visitors find themselves in America's playground. For delegates on a break or spouses along for the journey, options for entertainment, both organized and spontaneous, abound. Whether it's zipping around sparkling Biscayne Bay on a motor boat or lounging poolside at one of Miami Beach's chic boutique hotels, down time is a great time when you choose to meet in Miami. Immaculately groomed golf courses throughout the destination are geared towards duffers of all levels; tennis courts are in the same league. A gateway to glorious ecological discovery lies less than an hour from downtown with two national treasures -- Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.

    Restaurants are among the top in the nation, with top chefs attracting kudos for innovative New American cuisine, while nightlife is legendary -- offering ample opportunities to rub shoulders with hot celebrities and super models. Others may choose to participate in the great American pastime -- shopping! Check out Lincoln Road on Miami Beach for trend-setting shops and extraordinary people-watching or the chic, designer-studded Bal Harbour Shops and Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. Upscale centers like Aventura Mall and The Falls, as well as factory outlet centers like the Dolphin Mall, offer serious shoppers a wealth of choices.

    The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide, visit our website at www.MiamiAndBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.

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    Updated: January 2008


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