The Miami Beach Guest Program is comprised of Visit Miami Beach (VMB), the Visitors Center at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and MiamiBeachGuest.com. While the Convention Center undergoes renovations, Visit Miami Beach will be relocating to a new location that is still being worked out with the City Manager’s Office. The Center currently responds to over thousands of inquiries each year regarding vacation planning, tours, complaint resolution and much more. The Center works closely with the City of Miami Beach, the GMCVB, and other tourist related entities to ensure that their resources on promoting the destination are coordinated and maximized. Services currently offered by the Center and through MiamiBeachGuest.com include over 30 daily tours, sale of the Go Card, Explorer Pass, and tour bookings for bus tours, duck tours, boat tours, and much more.
This project has interviewed over 90 long-time Miami Beach residents in an effort to capture the rich history the City has to offer, over the past 5 years. Miami Design Preservation League and Close-Up Productions have created numerous promotional videos and three educational videos for elementary, middle, and high school with supplemental curricula for the classroom. A Facebook page and website were created, and the interviews have all been transcribed with a digital archive now available through FIU’s Digital Library. While continuing to expand the video archive, “Window on Miami” a digital promotional portal showcasing the existing archive with links highlighting Miami and Miami Beach’s historical resources, was created.
The season kicks off each year with a major rowing race, Head of the Indian Creek Regatta on October 16, 2016, the only nationally recognized Regatta of its kind in Florida. Activities year-round include training camps, programs for youth and adults, and an adaptive program for people with disabilities. In addition, the Center offers an event space on the second floor that can accommodate up to 400 persons for destination weddings, events, and meetings.
This program is delivered by professional customer service instructors, from Miami-Dade College who provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a free 4-hour program to gain skills needed in customer service. The program will also provide potential Miami Beach employers with employees who have already obtained the skills needed to improve their customer service. The program is a result of a partnership with Miami Dade College who will be providing the instructor for the course as well as all of the course materials. A total of 24 training sessions will be offered on a monthly basis with approximately 25+ participants per training. In addition, at least 10 sessions will be held at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce for their members. A total of over 500 hospitality employees are expected to receive training throughout the fiscal year.
The LGBT Visitor Center provides LGBT travelers and their allies a sense of welcome, hospitality and vital resources for a successful stay on Miami Beach. The LGBT Center, through its newly updated website provides visitors with information about planning a trip, accessing an interactive community event calendar, experience the work of LGBT artists and attend events, seminars and networkers. Through the Visitor Center, the larger LGBT community is connected with the businesses and organizations that will assist any traveler in planning a fulfilling experience in Miami Beach. In addition to their daily services, the Center holds monthly Friday night Cocktail mixers; offers ticket sales for Big Bus Tours, with plans to begin offering the MDPL, LGBT walking tour tickets. The organization also hosts “Pink Flamingo Awards: honoring people, places, and organizations that have demonstrated a level of excellence within the community throughout the year. They also offer a Gay and Lesbian walking tour in conjunction with MDPL while also offering a map for self-guided tours. This year through their focus on social engagement and community wellness, they will be offering a variety of educational workshops, social activities, support groups and panel discussions.
The purpose of the Tourist Hospitality Center is to provide direct visitor assistance. Averages of 35,000 to 40,000 visitors are assisted by the Center; through a combination of walk-ins; telephone/fax/email inquiries, and their pay-per-click campaign in Latin America. A wide range of visitor information and assistance is offered. The Center’s website is an effective online marketing tool that attracts more visitors to Miami Beach. Through their Google pay-per-clicks campaign in Latin America, during the low season, the Center adds more exposure to the destination. In addition, this increase in marketing efforts builds and manages monthly ads/phrases of hotel discounts in Spanish and Portuguese to attract Google travelers to stay in Miami Beach hotels. The Center will continue to work with the GMCVB in promoting their monthly programs, such as Miami Spa Month, Miami Spice, and others.
This awards show, taking place October 13, 2016, is a high caliber and high profile all-star salute to the legends of Latin Music around the world as they honor them by inducting them into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Show has developed a certain high class credibility amongst the music community for their dedication to preserving the history of Latin music. The event is open to the public this year and will offer general admission seating as well. Other events taking place throughout the year include master classes three to four times a year in Miami Beach. The event will be televised on Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) generating a minimum of 1,000,000 in viewership.
This annual event, taking place October 28 - 30, 2016, has placed a creative twist on the traditional running event. The majority of participants are dressed in full costume while running the 13.1 mile course. The event will celebrate its 8th anniversary in 2016 and has grown steadily since its inception. Events will include packet pick-up at Fit2Run in Miami Beach, an awards ceremony and post-race party at Nikki Beach, and a happy hour at the host hotels. There is also a “Freaky 4-miler” taking place in conjunction with the half marathon.
Seed Food and Wine Festival, taking place November 2 - 6, 2016, is the first conscious and sustainable, plant-based food and wine festival in the country. In its third year, the festival will gather some of the brightest speakers, chefs, celebrities, athletes and authors for a fun, thought-provoking, collaborative, but most of all a delicious week of inspired food, cocktails, film, parties, and events. The festival was designed to teach people the life-changing opportunities plant based conscious living provides to our health and planet. Events will include a Kick Off Party festival day Tasting Village, Plant-based Burger Battle, Celebrity Chef Dinners, Yoga Brunch, a 5K Run, and a Sprout Kids Day.
The Pan American Internationals, taking place November 11 - 13, 2016, is one of the largest and most prestigious sport martial arts events in the world today. Established in 1980, it has become one of the best sport karate tournaments in the world with competitors coming in to compete from all over the United States and the world.
SCOPE Miami Beach, taking place November 29 - December 4, 2016, is a contemporary art fair that will welcome over 100 established International Exhibitors and 20 emerging galleries, many of whom will experience their first introduction to the art market. Also featuring a wide range of curated projects, sponsor programs and Platinum VIP tours, SCOPE’s emphasis on activating young galleries and artists draws attendees who are seasoned collectors, curators and tastemakers looking for new discovery. In addition to the art show, a total of 4 ancillary events will take place to include a Platinum First View Brunch, VIP + Press Preview, Bombay Sapphire + SCOPE party, and the SCOPE Official party, and daily interactive events inside the pavilion and outside in SCOPE’s beach lounge.
UNTITLED, taking place November 29 - December 4, 2016, is a curated art fair for international galleries and nonprofit art spaces with a focus on emerging and mid-career contemporary art. UNTITLED is situated directly on the beach with natural light and ocean views, and is working with internationally recognized architecture firm K/R, under the direction of John Keenen, to construct the design of its temporary pavilion in order to integrate international galleries, nonprofit spaces, and a designated space for the fair's programming. In addition to its roster of international exhibitors, UNTITLED will present a series of conversations, performances, special events, and special projects as part of its compelling visitor experience in December 2016.
The Miami Beach Bowl, taking place December 15 - 19, 2016, is a NCAA-sanctioned postseason college football game under the ownership of the American Athletic Conference. While the game will take place at Marlins Stadium, all ancillary events will take place on Miami Beach and will include Welcome Bash & BBQ, Band & Cheer Community Service Project, a VIP Party, and the Commissioner’s Dinner. The game is expected be televised live nationally on ESPN.
This year’s Capital One Orange Bowl game will be played on Thursday, December 30, 2016 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami–Dade County. It is estimated that over 200,000 college football fans, spectators and participants will take part in the Festival’s events. The events will also be televised on ESPN and broadcast through ESPN Radio. The Orange Bowl features a week of exciting events including, Coaches’ Luncheon, Orange Bowl Rhapsody, Capitol One Orange Bowl Fan Fest, and the Capitol One Orange Bowl, among the 13 events taking place on Miami Beach. Ancillary events will take place December 26 - 30, 2016.
NATPE is the global content marketplace for a digital world. The annual market & conference, taking place January 17 - 19, 2017, is the only American program market serving the worldwide television/content community. This 3 day conference is recognized throughout the world as a key media event. Events will include the NATPE Content First Market & Conference, a Reality Breakthrough Awards Luncheon, an Opening Night Party, and the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Reception & Ceremony.
The Miami Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles) are health and community based running/walking races that are expected to draw approximately 25,000 athletes for the marathon/half marathon, 2,500 athletes for the Tropical 5K, and 3,000 Public school students for the Kids Run Miami Program. Over 20,000 spectators are expected to come to Miami and Miami Beach from all 50 states and 78 other countries over a 3-day weekend. Marathon weekend events, taking place January 27 - 29, 2017, include the Health & Fitness Expo, the Tropical 5K in Miami Beach and the full and half marathon on Sunday throughout Miami and Miami Beach. Other events will include a VIP Party, Press Conference with City officials and a full two day Health and Fitness Expo that is free to the public. The event will be aired and broadcast through TUFF TV Network and New England Sports Network.
This Festival will take place in its first year in the North Beach portion of Miami Beach, February 10 - 12, 2017. The Festival’s goal is to create an immersive experience where attendees can enjoy the music up close, and interact. Confirmed artists include Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Chril Thile, and dozens of other international stars.
The 4-day Festival, taking place February 22 - 26, 2017, will showcase celebrities and top names in the culinary, wine and spirits industries. The Festival's marketing plan over 6 months will generate nearly 1 billion impressions. The Festival showcases Miami Beach as a first class destination offering a wealth of culture, arts, beaches, and nightlife. Signature events kick off with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli. Other events will include the Heineken Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash hosted by Josh Capon, Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini, Southern Kitchen Brunch, and the weekend will again close out with Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern. Miami Beach staple events will return with a classic mix of both fan-favorites and new talent as well as many other events, and another unprecedented series of intimate and unique dinner experiences with world renowned culinary talent, for a total of 84 events, of which 60 are taking place on Miami Beach. Televised programming specials on the Food Network are anticipated to reach 100 million households.
This event, taking place March 1 - 6, 2017, is a six day celebration of social and cultural events targeted at the LGBT community. The festival is a large-scale event showcasing the very best of Miami’s beaches, hotels, clubs, retail stores, and other aspects of the local culture. The 2017 WPF will include approximately 20 events, of which 12 are scheduled to take place on Miami Beach. The majority of these events are dance events held in nightclubs, with two events being outdoor dance parties on South Beach at Lummus Park and poolside at the Deauville Beach Resort. Additional events include cocktail receptions, an art exhibit, a film screening and retail events.
The 2017 Festival, taking place March 3 - 12, 2017, will celebrate its 34th year as a destination event designed to showcase Miami Beach as a world-class cultural city and entertainment district to residents, visitors, and the film industry, by presenting some of the year‘s best international and Iberoamerican films. The Festival regards film as entertainment, education, and economic engine. The 2017 Festival will continue to enhance its presence on Miami Beach by including the Red Carpet Experience, Twitter Wall, high-profile guest attendance at the first night screening of 5 to 7 competition and non-competition categories, and incentives for film industry attendees staying in Miami Beach hotels. Approximately 75 film screenings will be presented to over 60,000 attendees, while promoting Miami Beach as a place do to film business.
Since its inception in 2010, the Model Beach Volleyball Tournament has become one of the staple events in Miami Beach. It continues to merge the world of fashion, lifestyle, art, culture and music, all on the sands of Miami Beach. Over 200 models and 15 agencies participate in this two-day tournament, taking place March 11 - 12, 2017, and garners over 15,000 guests and over 8 billion media impressions. The event is free and open to the public with the exception of our VIP Hospitality tent with access only to models, media, sponsors and celebrities. A live performance act is expected during the event this year.
This dance festival, taking place March 31 - April 2, 2017, will take place over 3 days and will be composed of nightly dance showcases from the around the world; dance workshops and clinics; live concerts by world renowned artists, and daily pool parties. The event will featured top multinational dancers, world-renowned instructors, genre-specialized DJs, Latin bands, and local and international touring artists.
The 2017 South Beach Triathlon, taking place April 1 - 2, 2017, will be celebrating its 10th year in 2017. This long standing premier event has been a tradition on Miami Beach that Triathletes look forward to each year. The two day event will be kick off with the expo, packet pickup, kids’ dash held on April 1st and race day April 2nd. This race is a true destination race with 15 states and 12 countries represented. The Triathlon will once again partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, fundraising over $350,000 to end childhood cancer.
Miami Beach Gay Pride, now in its 9th year and taking place April 7 - 9, 2017, has grown into the largest LGBT event in Miami Beach and brings together Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Queer & Questioning members of the community as well as, allies, and supporters to celebrate Pride in Miami Beach. The Festival houses expo / vendor booths for the community to come together providing educational, cultural, food & drink, and a kid’s zone for families. The event promotes dance, art, fashion, community, and networking events as well as, civic receptions enhancing the community, educating masses about the nature of Pride while celebrating diversities. Events are expected to include the 5th annual Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant, dance events at local nightclubs, a VIP reception, and the parade.
The Masters Tournament, taking place May 13, 2017, is a collaboration of 3 Martial bringing another level of competition in this very successful Circuit called FBBX Circuit. The Masters Tournament is expected to attract approximately 400 competitors and about 1,500 spectators form across Florida, the US, and all over the World. The event will take place at the Deauville Hotel.
Aqua Girl, taking place May 18 - 21, 2017, is the largest lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) women’s charitable event in the country. The event consists of five days of pool parties, upscale VIP receptions, dance parties, karaoke and many others and attracts thousands of LBT women from across the world to Miami Beach. All proceeds from the festival benefit Aqua Foundation for Women, a non-profit organization that serves to support the LBT community in South Florida.
This event, composed of the world’s largest Air & Sea Show, Music Explosion, and a Star Spangled Fireworks Extravaganza, will be produced annually on the beautiful shores of Miami Beach, during Memorial Day Weekend. The event, taking place May 25 - 28, 2017, is designed as a tool to be utilized by military, civic, and corporate entities to accomplish their marketing and outreach objectives while being tied to a worthwhile cause-related project. Events are expected to include a security symposium, performers’ party, sponsor reception, air & sea show with music explosion, public exhibits, and dignitary dinners.
The World OutGames is a sports and cultural event hosted by the gay community, taking place May 26 - June 4, 2017. The OutGames are open to all who wish to participate, without regard to sexual orientation. Elements of the World OutGames are based upon three equal pillars: Human Rights, Sports, and Culture. The OutGames will bring together atheletes and artists from all over the world, many from countries where homosexuality remains illegal and hidden. The cultural and human rights components make the event a well-rounded experience for athletes and activits alike. Miami Beach is the first U.S. City to host a World OutGames.
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), taking place June 14 - 18, 2017, is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The ABFF attracts a national audience of celebrities, filmmakers, film-loving consumers, and industry stakeholders. The festival events include educational workshops, informative panel discussions, celebrity conversations, as well as networking receptions. In addition, independent feature, documentaries, shorts and web series are showcased along with preview screenings of studio and TV network programming.
One of South Florida’s most buzz-worthy and highly anticipated weekends of the year, Irie Weekend XIII, will take place June 29 - July 1, 2017. This event is a star-studded weekend of festivities that draws participants and media from across the globe. Events will include a range of celebrities taking part in a golf tournament, concerts, pool parties, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Irie Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of at-risk youth within the community.
Internationally known, Fashion Week of Miami Beach, taking place July 19 - 23, 2017, gathers the most famous international designers from around the world such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller, Donna Karan, Jennifer Lopez, Betsey Johnson, Custo Barcelona, and many more. Events are expected to include over 25 fashion shows, presentations, showrooms, musical performances, after parties, and a cabana tradeshow. They have partnered with Fashion TV to broadcast the various shows.
SwimShow, taking place July 22 - 25, 2017, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and continues to be the catalyst for everything “swim” around this important tradeshow during swim week. SwimShow is the largest swimwear tradeshow in the world offering the finest presentation of swimwear, beachwear, resort, lifestyle / active and accessories. The show caters to boutiques, resort shops, specialty stores, surf shops, department stores, mass merchants and more. SwimShow, the first and only industry swim tradeshow in the United States, is currently the most comprehensive and sought after in the world. In addition to the four-day tradeshow at the Miami Beach Convention Center, this year's SwimShow includes informal modeling sessions, Swim Lounge, Breakfast Bar, High Tea, and Seminars.
The Miami Salsa Congress, taking place July 26 - 29, 2017, is a five day dance and music festival, which consists of dance instruction workshops, showcases, live bands, trade shows, accommodations, and an exchange of social and cultural diversity. This event has attracted over 50,000 attendees from around the world over the last several years. Events expected to take place include over dance workshops, evening showcases, two kick-off parties, live bands, trade shows, and other events.