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Hospitality industry & Education
FIU Leads Alliance to Build Hospitality Pipeline for Underrepresented Minority Students and Diverse Leadership in Hospitality
A bold, new initiative is under way across the U.S. to create a pathway for Black and Hispanic students to become future leaders in hospitality, one of the world’s largest industries. The Alliance for Hospitality Equity and Diversity (AHED), led by the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU), is on a mission to create a nationwide recruitment infrastructure to increase diversity among students at member universities. Read more.
Save the Date! 2022 Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting
Join GMCVB Chairman of the Board, Bruce Orosz, and GMCVB President & CEO, David Whitaker, as we share highlights from the past year and our plans for the year ahead.  Plus, enjoy a special performance by Nicole Henry and a seven - day cruise for two compliments of Carnival Cruise Line will be awarded at the event. Held on October 11 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Click here for more details and to register.
Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association's Leading Hoteliers Series
Join the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) for their first of many "GMBHA Leading Hoteliers Series" on October 7 at 1 Hotel South Beach. Their first event will be held with a conversation with Michael L. Rock, SVP Head of Asset Management, Host Hotels & Resorts. We will hear about his career, passion for the hospitality and tourism industry and how his transition from hotel operations to now asset management. Michael will about the difference of owners and operators, how everything in going in the U.S., Miami and other major U.S. cities.
International Housekeeping & Environmental Service Week
Housekeeping Week, September 11-17, is a dedicated week that enables us to recognize or unsung heroes on the front lines who keep our hotel rooms, public area, and back of the house clean and safe for those who work, visit and live at the property.  Companies generally celebrate it by giving their workers gifts, hosting an end-of the-week party, and just saying thank you for their work each day. Indeed without housekeepers, diseases would spread, and productivity would decline. That is why we need to celebrate them!  Housekeeping is an integral profession — hotels, casinos, restaurants, and other establishments simply cannot do without these services. Learn more.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Webcam
The GMCVB has added a beautiful new view to our family of Greater Miami & Miami Beach webcams. Introducing the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park webcam. A scenic and historic island oasis with a special significance for our black community. Explore the mile-long shoreline, bike and nature trails, and visit the vintage carousel with the kids.
Miami Eats Campaign Wins at Governors Conference
Last week, the GMCVB’s Miami Eats campaign, shining a spotlight on local restaurants and urging locals to Order Out and Help Out during the pandemic, took home Visit Florida’s highest tourism marketing honor, “The Henry” for Tourism Advocacy, during the Flagler Awards at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Read more.
Miami Named in World's Greatest Places of 2022
Miami has emerged as the U.S. capital of cool! We are honored that TIME Magazine has named Miami as one of the World's Greatest Places of 2022. Miami also ranked 38th on Time Out Magazine's list of 53 Best Cities in the World for 2022. The GMCVB looks forward to continuing to market Greater Miami and Miami Beach as a premier destination!
TripAdvisor’s Annual Best of the Best Awards
The results have just been announced for top destinations in the annual TripAdvisor Best of the Best Awards. Miami & Miami Beach ranked in top honors in the travel categories of Best Overall Experience, Best Food and Most Popular. Congratulations to all who promote and deliver the overall diverse experiences in our truly unique destination that has it all. Learn more here.
South Florida Business Journal's Diverse Voices
VP of Multicultural Tourism & Development Connie Kinnard was named to South Florida's Business Journal's 2022 Diverse Voices, which honors and recognizes how diverse executives throughout the tri-county region are helping companies – including Greater Miami and Miami Beach – achieve greater success. Targeted multicultural marketing efforts have grown leisure and convention business while showcasing Greater Miami’s diversity, helping support heritage neighborhoods and small businesses.
Five-Star Nod to Greater Miami and Miami Beach

The 2022 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards have been announced and once again, Greater Miami and Miami Beach score big. For a 10th consecutive year, Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles has been named a Five-Star resort. Rounding out the destination’s Five-Star properties: Faena Hotel Miami Beach; Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside; Mandarin Oriental, Miami; The Setai, Miami Beach; and the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Learn more about our Five and Four-Star Winners here, including restaurants and spas.

Register Online for Miami Begins with Me & Miami Begins with Me with LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Customer Service Champion Training!

While we look forward to resuming our in-person training sessions, we are pleased to invite you to participate in Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau's online courses that have been recently updated: Miami Begins with Me and Miami Begins with Me with LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Customer Service Champion program. Register now to take this interesting and informative course anytime.  Note you can start and stop the course to be flexible to fit your schedule. Click here to register.

Free Virtual Hospitality Trainings

Forbes Travel Guide, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) and the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association invite you to participate in their free online hospitality training program.  The Forbes Travel Guide Online Training program for Miami Beach based employees has learning paths customized for employees’ specific tasks within an organization. Click here to learn more.

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