The LGBT Visitor Center provides essential resources for LGBTQ tourists, both before and during their visit and promotes socioeconomic development and tourism. The Center supports the education, travel and tourism outreach for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The Center builds community by fostering social engagement and community wellness. It also enhances the health and well-being of the LGBT community by providing activities, programs, and services that bring everyone together for a shared purpose. Programming at the Center includes LGBTQ specific financial planning, HIV testing and a transgender support group among other planned activities and events all year round.
The Miami Beach Visitor Center, powered by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, receives support from the City of Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Miami-Dade Tourist and Development Council, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. They also partner with leading companies in the tourism and hospitality industry to offer exclusive discounts for visitors along with mobile apps, maps, guides, and brochures to help the visitor explore Miami Beach and its surrounding areas. The Visitor Center has a concierge service providing customized itineraries and recommendations on current and upcoming events, dining, shopping, attractions, and the arts whereby the guest is guided towards quick and easy user-friendly apps such as the MBVCA’s Experience Miami Beach app and the GettinLocal app. These apps utilize geotechnology to provide real time information from sources such as Trip Advisor, Google Maps, Open Table and Uber. Push notifications can also be sent promoting city events and amenities. A new marketing device is being added this coming year to the Visitor Center called HotelPort’s Trackit Media. This is a Kiosk that will provide content distribution, maps, navigation and hyper-locals site information. This interactive kiosk has digital signage to engage visitors and help them take advantage of special promotions and real time tracking for more efficient transportation around the destination.
Since 2001, this project has interviewed 144 long-time Miami Beach residents in an effort to capture the rich history this City has to offer. Miami Design Preservation League and Close-Up Productions have created numerous promotional videos and three educational videos for elementary, middle, and high school students with supplemental curricula for the classroom. Several social accounts have been created to include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vimeo. In addition, a dedicated website has been created and all interviews have been transcribed with a digital archive now available through FIU’s Digital Library. While continuing to expand the video archive, On-MiamiBeach.com, a digital promotional portal showcasing the existing archive with links highlighting Miami and Miami Beach’s historical resources, was created.
The Center offers year-round activities to visitors and residents alike, that stimulate interest in rowing as a sport and Miami Beach as a great location. Programming at the center begins with the Head of the Indian River Regatta on October 16th, 2021 – the only nationally recognized event in the State of Florida. Programs and events continue year-round at the Center and include regattas, winter and spring training camps, summer camps and year-round rowing programs. Local high school students have qualified 32 rowers for National Championships and graduating seniors have been recruited to top universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Boston University and Vanderbilt; some with full scholarship. The center’s adaptive program opens the waterways to people with disabilities along with a partnership with the VA and Jackson Spinal Cord Unit. These are on hold for the moment due to COVID-19 but provide a valuable resource for the community. The center has attracted international attention from around the world including India, Eastern Europe and from Olympian rowers. The Center also has meeting and event space which is expected to host weddings and other events in the near future.
The South Beach Seafood Festival is now in its 8th year and is taking place October 20 – 23, 2021. This annual seafood festival attracts guests from all over and kicks off Miami’s famed Stone Crab season in October. The events range from intimate dinners to beach bash competitions and all-day pop-up cafes. The event showcases the talents of South Florida’s leading chefs and culinary leaders, and the event’s proceeds ultimately benefit the EAT SMART program which provides healthy meals and nutritional guidance to Florida’s youth through programs at Miami Dade public schools.
No Vacancy, Miami Beach, taking place November 18 – December 9, 2021, is a contemporary art experience that celebrates artists, provokes critical discourse, and invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s famed hotels as destination art spaces by turning hotels into temporary cultural institutions – the very definition of Cultural Tourism. Art will be exhibited throughout ten hotels in Miami Beach, where lobbies, restaurants, lounges, patio areas, rooms, balconies and swimming pools may serve as a canvas. The selected hotels include the Avalon Hotel, The Betsy Hotel South Beach; Catalina Hotel & Beach Club; Hotel Croydon; The Faena, International Inn; Royal Palm Hotel; Plymouth Hotel; Riviera South Beach, and The Confidante.
UNTITLED,ART, is a 6-day Contemporary Art component event of Art Basel, Miami Beach that will be taking place November 29 – December 4, 2021. The fair will bring together 149 international galleries and non-profit spaces from 31 countries. A new, special section for selected young and emerging galleries (5 years or less) will debut this year. Untitled Art Miami Beach is pleased to present a program of curated Special Projects, installations, performances, podcast conversations, Monuments and events for the 2021 edition of the fair.
Now in its 20th year, this year’s SCOPE Miami Beach will be held Tuesday, November 30-December 5, 2021. Celebrating its 20th year in Miami, it is with tremendous excitement that SCOPE returns to its iconic location on the sands of Miami Beach, nestled amongst the iconic architecture of Ocean Drive at 8th Street. With stunning views of the ocean, SCOPE’s extraordinary selection of contemporary art from 140 international exhibitors will be presented alongside museum-quality installations, panel discussions, and nightlife events.
Taking place December 10-11, 2021 at the North Beach Bandshell, the festival is a first-year cultural event that will feature live music in the Jam Band, Funk, Rock and Jazz genres. The “jam band” music scene encompasses rock, jazz, funk, and electronica all united by a love of improvisation and musicianship. The festival’s lineup includes the following artists: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, The Motet, Marco Benevento, TAUK, Aqueous, Ghost-Note, Eric Krasno & The Assembly, Karina Rykman, Holly Bowling, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, The Heavy Pets, Brendan Bayliss & Jennifer Hartswick, Electric Kif, Juke, and TAND.
The 2021 College Football Playoff Semi-Final at the Capital One Orange Bowl Game will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, December 31, 2021, with the ancillary events taking place from December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022 throughout Miami Beach. The Orange Bowl features a week of exciting events including the Team Welcome Receptions, Team Beach Parties, Family/Children and Spouses’ outings, Coaches Dinners, Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon, Orange Bowl Rhapsody, and Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest.