Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau president William Talbert has announced overnight visitors to Greater Miami & the Beaches for calendar year 2013 surpassed another benchmark with a record-breaking 14.2 million overnight visitors, a 2.2 per cent increase over 2012.
“This is the first time the destination has welcomed more than 14 million overnight visitors and marks the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking overnight visitors to the destination,” explained Talbert.
In 2013, Greater Miami and the Beaches welcomed a record 7.13 million International overnight visitors, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the previous year and a record 7.09 million Domestic overnight visitors, a 0.2 per cent increase over the previous year.
A record $22.8 billion in visitor expenditures for 2013 represents an increase of 4.6 per cent over 2012.
“For the fourth year in a row, the strength of the Miami brand continues to attract record overnight visitors from around the world, generating record expenditures and supporting ongoing increases in the number of jobs in our industry,” said Steven Haas, GMCVB Board Chair.
Greater Miami and the Beaches’ Accommodations and Food Services Employment reached a record 110,800 industry jobs, which is a 4.3 per cent increase over the previous year and 48 consecutive months of industry employment increases.
In 2013, Greater Miami and the Beaches ranked fourth in all three categories of revenue per available hotel room, hotel room rate, and occupancy among the Top 25 US Hotel Markets.