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Industry Briefs

Greater Miami and Miami Beach is full of culture and diversity, the perfect place for a meeting planner to give their delegates an unmatched immersive experience. Miami-Dade County is the largest majority-minority county in the United States and bringing your meetings and conventions to Miami empowers minority and underserved communities.

To further expound upon this unique cultural experience, meeting planners and delegates have an opportunity to create lasting partnerships within the community when they bring their event to Miami. Planners can work with the GMCVB’s meetings and conventions team to find the perfect opportunity for your delegates, whether it’s working together to beautify neighborhoods, or supporting local youth from underserved communities with training and scholarship fund-raising, the possibilities are endless.

With this vibrant backdrop of diversity and inclusion, it makes sense why so many events, including the Miami International Boat Show, Art Basel, Color Comms, NAHJ International Training Convention & Expo, and American Black Film Festival–have chosen Miami.

“We brought the American Black Film Festival to Miami Beach in 2002 after hosting the first five years in Acapulco. Our attraction to the destination was its diverse culture, tropical weather, top notch hotels and restaurants, great venues, and sophisticated tourism infrastructure. It's been a pleasure working with David Whittaker and his incredible team at the GMCVB. Looking forward to many more!”

Jeff Friday. Founder & CEO, ABFF Ventures

A Dynamic Destination:

Miami is home to a range of heritage-rich neighborhoods that showcase a unique blend of cultures, ready to be explored.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, Historic Overtown was considered the Harlem of the South in its golden age, a mecca of entertainment and culture in the Black community. Immerse yourself in the music, art, culture, and iconic restaurants of the bustling area. Learn more about the story of food in historic Overtown by dining at Michelin's Bib Gourmand awarded and Black-owned Red Rooster, or go on a tour of the Historic Lyric Theater that attracted artists like Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, Patti Labelle, Betty Wright, and Sam & Dave.

Little Havana is the colorful center of Cuban and Hispanic culture in Miami. Filled with Latin-inspired cáfes, restaurants, venues, and markets it gives space and a voice to all the different backgrounds that have taken root in the neighborhood. Watch locals playing dominoes in Maximo Gomez Park against a backdrop of ever-present Cuban beats. Sample savory dishes from all over Latin America. Attend Viernes Culturales and immerse yourself in the neighborhood's cultural arts scene. And, enjoy a night out at Ball & Chain, the iconic nightclub turned music venue.

Little Haiti is the cultural heart of the Haitian diaspora and the resulting bright, ever-present celebration of all things Caribbean that can be found in galleries, museums, family-owned restaurants, and bookstores. Rooted in deep history and supported by a community of versatile leaders, Little Haiti has organically become home to one of Miami's most vibrant arts scenes. Enjoy the monthly free, immersive musical and cultural experience, Sounds of Little Haiti.

Miami Gardens is an exciting neighborhood home to Hard Rock Stadium as well as international dining options, peaceful parks, and welcoming residents. There are plenty of opportunities for fun to be had with the variety of sporting and entertainment events happening in the neighborhood, from Miami Dolphins games, the Miami Open tennis tournament, the Formula One Miami Grand Prix, and Jazz in the Gardens.

With so many dynamic neighborhoods, attendees have endless options to explore and unwind after their meetings.

Supporting Our Local Businesses:

The travel and hospitality sector is the number one industry of Miami-Dade County; when you come to Miami for your meetings and conventions, you are also supporting our community. In 2022 alone, an estimated 785K out-of-town visitors attended a meeting or convention and collectively spent more than $600 million during their trip. Your meeting has a positive impact on our local businesses–including a host of Black-owned businesses like the previously mentioned, Red Rooster, Smith & Webster, and Bar One.

In Miami, you'll find everything you need to make your next meeting an unforgettable one while also creating a lasting impact.

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