FIRST AVAILABLE VISA INTERVIEW* DATE IN SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL IS APRIL 10, 2013
The average wait time in São Paulo, Brazil for a visa interview appointment in order to visit the USA is currently 2 days. Brasilia: 3 days. Recife: 2 days. Rio de Janeiro: 2 days. Just one year ago, the average wait time in São Paulo for a visa interview appointment was 35 days. There has been significant progress! Support Visa Waiver now! Support HR 3855 and JOLT. Thank you President Obama for reducing visa interview wait times in Brazil.
* Visa interviews on average take 3 minutes.
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (USA) RANKS #10, #12 AND #13 IN NIELSEN TOP 20 CABLE RATINGS FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 31, 2013
For the week ending March 31, 2013, WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) ranked #10, #12, and #13 in Nielsen’s Cable Top 20 TV ratings with 4.7, 4.6 and 4.6 million viewers respectively. WWE’s Wrestlemania Week drew record-breaking crowds to Miami and Beaches in April 2012.
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (USA) RANKS #6 IN “SOCIAL TV BUZZ” FOR DAY OF APRIL 1, 2013
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) ranked #6 in social TV buzz among U.S. broadcast and cable TV shows for April 1, 2013, according to SocialGuide Intelligence (SGI) measurement. SocialGuide Intelligence (SGI) tracks the daily, weekly and monthly social activity for over 229 channels, every program aired. Data sources include Twitter, Facebook and Tribune Media Services’ TV data set.
GMCVB’S 2ND ANNUAL MIAMI GOLF MONTH RUNS THROUGH APRIL
GMCVB’s 2nd Annual Miami Golf Month runs through April 30, 2013. Greater Miami has plenty to brag about when it comes to golf courses. We feature some of the most difficult courses in the world, and some courses have been rated in the top 10 courses by Golfweek. Join us during April for special offers at our renowned golf resorts and courses. This year, several courses are making it easy for beginners to take advantage of the game by offering 9-hole specials as low as $20. For details, visit www.MiamiGolfMonth.com.
HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER – ATTEND ONE OF THE PUBLIC COMMUNITY MEETINGS
There will be many opportunities for the public to get informed and be involved in shaping the future of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). For the complete schedule, including the next public community meeting, click here.
VOTE FOR MIAMI! BEST FOODIE CITY
Attention foodies: it’s time to cast your vote for Miami. ConventionSouth magazine has selected 30 cities across the South to have readers and fans vote on in order to select some of the South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups. Editors will close voting and announce results online on April 12th and within the May issue of ConventionSouth. To vote for MIAMI, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/foodiecities.
6TH ANNUAL MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE & CATTLE SHOW IS APRIL 12-14, 2013 AT TROPICAL PARK
The 6th annual Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show is April 12-14, 2013 at Tropical Park. Cattle breeders from North America, South America and throughout the world will meet at this annual family friendly event. Enjoy live music, educational booths, agri-business and livestock product vendors, equestrian shows, dog obedience demonstrations, kids’ activities and much more. For details, visit www.MiamiCattleShow.com.
GMCVB PRESIDENT & CEO KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DORAL BUSINESS COUNCIL’S SIGNATURE BREAKFAST APRIL 9, 2013
William D. Talbert, III, CDME, GMCVB President & CEO will be the keynote speaker at the Doral Business Council Signature Breakfast on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The program will include display tables from the region’s hotel and travel related businesses. For more information, call 305 470-9597 and to RSVP directly online, click here.
GMCVB TO HOST VIP BOOTH AT 5TH ANNUAL MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL – APRIL 14, 2013
The 5th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival will take place April 14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., along Ocean Drive between
5th and 15th Streets. The GMCVB will be sponsoring the VIP booth that will be filled with amazing Miami images and materials. GMCVB Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism George Neary will be staffing a travel/trade show booth with GMCVB’s publications. The honor of Grand Marshal has been bestowed upon the woman who was instrumental in establishing a Pride celebration in the city – Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. Joining Mayor Bower for the Pride celebration will be international superstar Adam Lambert, chart-topping songstress Crystal Waters and the incomparable entertainer Lady Bunny. For details, visit www.MiamiBeachGayPride.com.
SAVE THE DATE! GMCVB’S 22ND ANNUAL H.O.T. CHALLENGE GOLF TOURNAMENT IS MAY 3, 2013 AT DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA
GMCVB’s 22nd annual H.O.T. Challenge is May 3, 2013 at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Recently purchased by Donald Trump, this world-class golf resort is undergoing a $250 million remodeling and will soon be rebranded as the Trump National Doral. GMCVB’s H.O.T. Challenge Golf Tournament benefits the Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami’s (BHI) African-American Scholarship Fund. The BHI is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1991 by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to increase and expand the participation by African Americans in Miami-Dade County’s visitor industry. To date, the BHI has awarded 182 scholarships. For details, click here.
GMCVB’S NEXT PARTNERSHIP MIXER IS APRIL 25, 2013
GMCVB’s next partnership mixer is at Regions Bank Coral Gables on April 25, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please join us for networking, passed hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink. Don’t forget to bring your business card to enter a raffle for a chance to win a Regions Bank bicycle as the grand prize. Regions Bank Coral Gables is located at 2800 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Complimentary parking is available in the Regions Bank Parking Garage. Click here to register.
GMCVB’S CONVENTION SALES BRINGS CLIENTS TO GREATER MIAMI TO SHOWCASE DESTINATION
GMCVB Convention Sales is hosting 11 clients from companies all over the U.S. for one of our annual Corporate Client Events to be held April 11-14, 2013. We thank our host hotels: Hotel Intercontinental Miami, JW Marriott Marquis and Conrad Miami for accommodating our special clients. This event focuses on showcasing our developing downtown area and the advantages of all the destination has to offer a future meeting or convention. Hotel site inspections, several networking opportunities, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility Events are expected to result in a successful event and plenty of future business.
GMCVB’S MEDIA RELATIONS ASSISTS FIVEPOINTFIVE.ORG LIFESTYLE WEBSITE
GMCVB Media Relations recently assisted journalists Serena Star-Leonard and Johnny Leonard who produce travel review videos for the philanthropic/lifestyle website www.FivePointFive.org, April 3-8, 2013. Serena and Johnny are a husband-and-wife team who are travelling the world for three years with two main focuses: to document and film people who are making a difference to their communities and to film video reviews to highlight the best travel options for lifestyle travelers in the Americas. Five Point Five is a collaboration project that includes the creators of www.RetireYoung.com.au, www.GrassrootsInernetStrategy.com.au and www.SoberPaddy.com, with key support and promotional partnership from organizations such as World Vision (Australia) and MiNDFOOD magazine (Australia, New Zealand). The website has access through these partnerships to over 500,000 visitors per month in English speaking countries and communicated through a variety of digital media including email, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Their travel blogs consist of fun, comprehensive 3-6 minute video reviews plus written reviews designed with Search Engine Optimization in mind (audience reach: 500,000).
GMCVB’S MEDIA RELATIONS ASSISTED EDITOR FOR UNITED KINGDOM’S TESCO MAGAZINE
GMCVB Media Relations recently assisted Helen Johnston, editor of Tesco magazine, who was in Miami March 31-April 3, 2013 to do research for a general destination feature. Tesco is a supermarket publication with the highest print circulation in the UK (circulation: 1,949,173). Readers are mostly average earning housewives/females and families and with a website that is very strong in terms of community and content. They will be publishing a one-page article with images in the September/October issue. One page of advertising in the magazine is worth more than £26,500. The United Kingdom ranked #6 for international overnight visitors to Greater Miami in 2011 and generated an economic impact of $739 million.
GMCVB’S MEDIA RELATIONS US/CANADA ASSISTS VARIETY MAGAZINE APRIL 11-13, 2013
GMCVB Media Relations is assisting an editor for Variety magazine (circulation: 30,857) in Miami April 11-13, 2013 reporting on a story about location filmmaking and incentives in the U.S. and overseas. Established in 1905 and edited for the global entertainment industry, Variety provides entertainment decision-makers with breaking news, reviews and domestic and global box office information, as well as in-depth analysis and interpretation.
SPONSORS FOR 2013 H.O.T. CHALLENGE – MAY 3, 2013 AT DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) organizes the Hospitality Open Golf Tournament (H.O.T.) to fund scholarships for men and women of African heritage committed to working in the local visitor industry upon their graduation. The following sponsors have generously donated to the 2013 H.O.T. Challenge:
Franklin Dodd Communications
Miami Access Tunnel
Sabadell United Bank
Associated Printing Productions, Inc.
Brown & Brown of Florida
Florida Memorial University
Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association
HCP Aboard Publishing
Johnson & Wales University
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Perry South Beach Hotel
A&S Financial Services
Fortune Risk Management
Horizon Coach Lines
InterContinental at Doral Miami
Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Quadco Printing & Signs
Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove
Expo Space Sponsors:
AAA Flag & Banner
Miami New Times
The Conroy Martinez Group
B South Beach Hotel
The Bath Club, Inc.
The Biltmore Hotel
Capital Grille Miami
Clevelander Hotel South Beach
Country Club of Miami
Crandon Golf, Key Biscayne
Element by Westin
EPIC, a Kimpton Hotel
Fortune Risk Management
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Miami Airport
InterContinental at Doral Miami
Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm
Mandarin Oriental Miami
Miami Culinary Institute
Miami Exotic Auto Racing
The National Hotel
One Limo Alliance
Red Roof Inn Miami
Residence Inn Coconut Grove
Quadco Printing & Signs
Sabadell United Bank
Sailboards Miami Water Sports
Schnebly Redlands Winery
W Hotel South Beach
Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE REPEALS INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT REQUIREMENT
On April 2, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law repealing the 2012 International Driving Permit (IDP) law. The repeal will take effect immediately and be retroactive to January 1, 2013. The bill-signing was held in conjunction with Florida International Days at the Capitol. International tourists will no longer have to obtain a special permit before they are allowed to drive in Florida. To read more, click here.
JOE’S STONE CRAB AMONG USA’S MOST ICONIC RESTAURANTS
Restaurant guidebook and online publisher Zagat recently named iconic restaurants in or near 15 major cities. It’s no surprise that Joe’s Stone Crab, the Miami Beach landmark restaurant currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, made the list. To read the complete article, click here.
UNITED WAY MIAMI WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – NOW VERITAGEMIAMI IS SET FOR APRIL 17-20, 2013
What was the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival is now VeritageMiami. Set for April 17 – 20, 2013, VeritageMiami brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive line-up of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community. Celebrating its 18th year, VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. For more information on the multiple events and to purchase tickets, click here.
19TH ANNUAL INN KEY AWARDS – MAY 7, 2013 AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER
The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association’s 19th Annual Inn Key Awards are May 7, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center. The luncheon and awards ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For table top reservations, individual ticket purchases or sponsorship inquiries, please contact InnKey@GMBHA.com.
12TH DRANOFF 2 PIANO SEMIFINALS – MAY 11-14, 2013
May is an exciting month for the International Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, featuring concerts by talented pianists from around the world. Piano Slam 5 takes place on May 2, 2013 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. On May 11-14, 3013, the 12th Dranoff 2 Piano Semifinals take place at University of Miami’s Clarke Recital Hall. On May 16th, the Grand Finale concert will be performed at University of Miami’s Gusman Hall followed by the Gala. For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, click here.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DAYS IN TALLAHASSEE MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Miami-Dade County Days in Tallahassee, a forum that continues to showcase our people and municipalities during the annual Florida Legislative Session. As part of the annual tradition, the 2013 Miami-Dade County Days Awards were presented on April 4, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida USA. The GMCVB extends congratulations to all the recipients of these prestigious awards.
|2013 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DAYS AWARDS
|MONTY TRAINOR’S CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
Steven Haas – Chairman, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors BureauRestaurateur Andy Reiss
40th Anniversary Celebration in Tallahassee
Miami Norland Senior High Graduate
Jose “T.J.” Antonio Villamil, IV
President of the Student Body – University of Florida
COLONEL LETTIE BIEN “FREEDOM” AWARD
Mayor Edward “Mac” MacDougall
Town of Cutler Bay
DR. ROBERT B. INGRAM “DIVERSITY” AWARD
Baptist Health South Florida
JOHN F. COSGROVE “FOUNDERS” AWARD
Councilwoman Judy Waldman
City of Homestead
ELAINE GORDON “YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE” AWARD
Vice-Mayor Luz Weinberg
City of Aventura
HONORARY MEMBER OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION
Senator Geraldine Thompson
NANCY HUGHES “COMMUNITY COMMITMENT” AWARD
Iraida R. Mendez-Cartaya
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
|RUSS MARCHNER “OUTSTANDING MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL SERVICE” AWARD
Councilman Vice-President Luis Gonzalez
City of HialeahHELEN MILLER “I’M BLESSED” AWARD
Judge Teretha Lundy Thomas
KATHERINE FERNANDEZ-RUNDEL “CRIME FIGHTERS” AWARD
Attorney General Pam Biondi
State of Florida
NESTOR TORRES “MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DAYS AMBASSADOR OF THE ARTS” AWARD
Dean Patrice Bailey
New World School of the Arts
SHERMAN WINN “I CARE” AWARD
“MAGIC CITY MOMENT” AWARDS
City of Homestead – 100th Anniversary
Coconut Grove Arts Festival – 50th Anniversary
Health Foundation South Florida – 20th Anniversary
Joe’s Stone Crabs – 100th Anniversary
Village of Miami Shores – 80th Anniversary