The City of Sunny Isles Beach recently hosted an Aventura Marketing Council (AMC) Breakfast Meeting highlighting a “progress, prosperity and luxury on the rise” report presented by Mayor Norman S. Edelcup. Good news about record-setting tourism trends in Miami-Dade was also shared by guest speaker Bill Talbert, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, which is proud to be home of the Forbes Travel Guide five-star rated Acqualina Resort & Spa, as well as the four-star Trump International Beach Resort.
On behalf of the Sunny Isles Beach City Commission, Mayor Edelcup invited everyone to join in celebrating the city’s 16th anniversary in June. “We’re so proud of our city, leading the county in new construction with nine new residential projects that will add another $3 billion to our tax base, already close to $7 billion. In just a couple of years, Sunny Isles Beach, spanning just one square mile, will have a $10 billion tax base. We now have ten new parks and one of the finest K-8 schools, so successful, that we’re adding twelve classrooms.
“All of our city commissioners, past and present, have worked diligently to heighten quality of life, transforming Sunny Isles Beach into an internationally -renowned community. This mission is facilitated by win-win partnerships we’ve forged with premier developers, Miami-Dade Public Schools and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.”
Travel hopping to “trends in tourism,” Bill Talbert explained Sunny Isles Beach city officials will soon be joining the GMCVB at the 2013 Pow Wow in Las Vegas, the number one travel show in the U.S. returning to South Florida in 2016. “Tourism here is booming!” he exclaimed. “In 2012, we broke all sorts of records and for the first two months of 2013, Miami led the list of top destinations with the highest average daily rates and hotel occupancies.
“We now have more international and domestic visitors than ever because of partnerships – it’s all about working together. The Financial Times recently reported, ‘Greater Miami has transformed itself into a sophisticated, world-class community.’ That tells you we have arrived. Today, almost half of our business is international, so the GMCVB has expanded its representation to cover 45 international cities. This growth is due largely in part to Miami-Dade County’s investment in infrastructure, exemplified by the expansion of Miami International Airport.
Summing up sunny predictions for continued success, Talbert noted, “Travel and tourism will always be the number one industry here. We’re going to continue to be more competitive, attract more visitors staying longer, and support job creation. The future looks very bright!”
For more information on Sunny Isles Beach, visit www.sibfl.net. For more information on the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit www.miamiandbeaches.com.
By Bari Auerbach
Photography by Andrew Goldstein