City Spotlight | Miami

By Connect Staff, June 10, 2014

There is a reason that Miami is the setting for popular TV shows and the subject of hit songs: It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the nation and has a worldwide reputation for unparalleled nightlife, upscale shopping and international cuisine. Add an international airport that welcomes travelers from around the world and conference facilities like Miami Beach Convention Center, and it’s no surprise that Miami is a prime destination for large events.

Did You Know? Miami is committed to helping planners host green events. The Miami-Dade Green Lodging and Restaurant Program provides resources to restaurants and accommodations that want to minimize their environmental impact, and the Florida Green Lodging Program recognizes hotels for sustainable practices like waste reduction, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

The National Association of Women Business Owners chose Miami for its annual Women’s Business Conference in October 2013. Billie Dragoo, NAWBO’s national board chair, cited the creative vibe, innovation and “a willingness to cater to small businesses” as the main reasons the association invited its members to the 641-room InterContinental Miami, which has more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space and can accommodate up to 3,000.

Planners coordinating large events can choose from three convention centers. The Miami Airport Convention Center underwent a $20 million redesign in 2012. It’s located next to the Miami International Airport and has 75,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 29,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and breakout rooms with state-of-the-art AV equipment.

Miami Convention Center, located downtown, provides a lecture hall, auditorium and meeting rooms accommodating up to 5,000, and is regarded as one of the top convention centers in the nation. Located in the heart of South Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center has 1 million square feet of flexible space and is ideal for large events.

Additional event venues include upscale branded properties like Epic – a Kimpton Hotel in downtown Miami, boutique hotels like SLS Hotel South Beach and unique event spaces like the Miami Center for Architecture & Design.

Miami Quick Facts

Area guest rooms: 18,436 | Nearest airport: Miami International Airport | Convention centers: Miami Beach Convention Center (1 million square feet, 70 meeting rooms); Miami Convention Center (100,000 square feet, 20 meeting rooms); Miami Airport Convention Center (172,000 square feet)

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