City of Sunny Isles Beach hosts Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO
By Bari Auerbach
“The Future of Travel and Tourism in Greater Miami” was the bright theme when the City of Sunny Isles Beach hosted an Aventura Marketing Council breakfast meeting featuring Bill Talbert, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman extended an hospitable welcome to hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort along with Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman S. Edelcup, who shared progressive news about “Florida’s Riviera.”
“So much has happened since Sunny Isles Beach incorporated in 1997,” Edelcup said. “All of our Commissioners, past and present, have worked hard to help transform our city from the old ‘motel row’ era to the luxurious, wonderful community we’ve created here today with more than 20,000 residents, award-winning hotels and visitors topping one million.
“Sunny Isles Beach now has ten parks providing green, open space including the Intracoastal Park system at the south end of the city and the four-acre Gateway Park on Sunny Isles Beach Boulevard with a garage providing parking for beachgoers slated to open next year. We also have a very diverse calendar of ongoing cultural and recreational programs; and we’re very proud of our great K-8 school, expanding yet again to provide state-of-the-art education to over 2,000 students.”
Turning to the growth and expansion of tourism, Talbert reported, “Great things are happening in Greater Miami! For the past four years, we’ve had record-setting international and domestic tourism. Miami International Airport was the only one of the top five airports in the country to grow by double digits last year; and we’re the ‘cruise capital’ of the world. In 2013, for the first time in Miami’s history, we had more international visitors than domestic. Our top feeder markets contributing billions to our community include Brazil, Canada, Argentina and Colombia.”
Sharing more good news about the future of tourism, Talbert noted beyond all the new development cranes on the horizon, “There have been massive updates and reforms to our ground transportation system; it has become a priority to update the Convention Center so we can be more competitive; and we’re very excited that International Pow Wow, the number one travel show in the U.S., will be returning to Greater Miami in May of 2016.”
Before it was time to pack up, Talbert revealed the key to ensuring the brightest future. “It’s all about partnerships exemplified by the ones we have with Sunny Isles Beach, Aventura and surrounding cities. All of us working together is the secret to success!”
For more information about Sunny Isles Beach, visit the city’s website sibfl.net or contact the Visitor Center: 305-792-1952. To sightsee Greater Miami & Convention Center travel guides, special offers and updates about special attractions and events, visit gmcvb.com