Margaret Benua, chair of the board, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority, speaks to Breaking Travel News at the World Travel Awards Grand Final in the Maldives as the destination is recognised as the best in the world by the organisation. On the agenda is the cultural depth of the city and the prospect of welcoming more guests following the win.
Breaking Travel News talks to Rolando Aedo, chief marketing officer for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau, at World Travel Market 2016. With the cruise market continuing to growth, tourism infrastructure spending on the increase and a host of new hotels opening, the destination is well placed for the year ahead.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced plans to expand its presence in Florida with the opening of two new hotels in 2018: Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach in Miami and a new, luxury lifestyle boutique hotel in Tampa. These two additions will be joining Kimpton Angler’s Hotel, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, and Kimpton Hotel Zamora in the Florida region.
Eurowings is expanding its network of cheap long-distance flights with new flight to Miami. The maiden flight - EW182 - took off earlier towards Miami, capital of the American sun state Florida. With Cologne Bonn as their departure airport, Eurowings guests boarded a fully booked Airbus A330.
onefinestay has announced plans to open doors in Miami. The launch will mark the third market in onefinestay’s US portfolio which includes New York and Los Angeles, and will be the sixth city globally, in addition to London, Paris and Rome. “We’re thrilled to be introducing the onefinestay experience to Miami,” said Evan Frank, co-founder and president, Americas, onefinestay.
When it opened in 1940, nothing looked like The Plymouth - a dazzling Art Deco icon that epitomized the glamour and style of its time. And nothing on Miami Beach will feel like The Plymouth when the legendary hotel reopens this summer after a significant investment, debuting as an effortlessly stylish, casually private and romantic retreat on a block that still feels like a best-kept secret.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today record-breaking tourism numbers with an impressive 5.4 per cent increase in overnight visitors to Miami and the Beaches during the last twelve months. During that time the destination welcomed 15.1 million overnight visitors up from 14.2 million over the same period for the previous year bringing the economic impact to an astounding $25.1 billion to the destination, up from $23.5 billion, a seven per cent increase.
Douglas Elliman has announced the sale of Miami Beach’s Clinton Hotel for $28.5M. The commercial division for the national real estate firm, lead in the South Florida market by David Restainer as Douglas Elliman Commercial Florida, was named exclusive broker to market this historic Art Deco property in 2014 and ushered the transaction to closing with a familiar buyer and Maryland-based seller.
The International Air Transport Association has announced that US secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx will deliver a keynote address at the 71st IATA Annual General Meeting today. Up to 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the global event hosted in Miami by American Airlines, FedEx, UPS and Airlines for America. “Miami will be the capital of the global air transport industry next week as its most senior leaders gather to discuss critical issues such as safety, security, sustainability, meeting passenger demands and revitalizing the air cargo sector,” said Tony Tyler, IATA director general.
PortMiami will be the year-round homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship to date, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, when it launches six- to eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning in December 2016. Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights, introducing ground-breaking features such as SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX Theatre on a ship; Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first water tube slide; and RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first onboard brewery.
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.