Posts tagged Miami Beach Convention Center

Welcome to Miami, Beinvenido a Miami

With millions of visitors a year, I’d like to think of Miami Beach as a welcoming city. Helping us to connect even further with this very important market was the recent Grand Re-Opening of Visit Miami Beach visitor’s center now located in the Miami Beach Convention Center. What began as a collaboration,between the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, the City of Miami Beach, The Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority, the Miami Dade Tourist Development Council and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, a facility to educate and serve our visitors has now expanded into a full-service concierge and retail outlet.   We are here to provide service to the attendees and visitors of the Miami Beach Convention Center and make sure they have a pleasurable experience.

Since 2002, the original Visitor’s Center has effectively served more than 50,000 people annually with multilingual information and amenities. However, I commend Bob Balsam, General Manager of the Convention Center, for his vision to expand the service to rival major cities San Diego, Chicago and Houston, all benchmarks for their own visitor centers. Our facility’s new home allows us to not only reach tourists, but also conventioneers, who no longer have to venture far from their business at the Convention Center to obtain information. In addition to a wealth of information and literature, guests receive personal insight and recommendations from Dona Zemo, Monique Beadut, Matthew Perl and Sarabeth Beitchman, who with a combined 30 years of experience make a seasoned team in making our visitors feel at home. Sunblock, aspirin and cold medicine, as well as a complete line of travel necessities, while the neighboring retail outlet carries souvenirs from our professional sports teams, books about Miami Beach, cards, posters, clothing and other sundry items. The Center is the sole distributor of the Miami Beach InCard, and “Go Miami” discount tourism programs that allow visitors to enjoy special pricing on the goods and services of more than 400 participating businesses. The implementation of user-friendly, interactive touch screen terminals providing additional information about tours, dining, attractions, hotels, cultural venues and activities are in the works.

The visitor’s center is located in Hall C of the Convention Center and is open 10a.m.-4p.m. daily, but will remain open late on select evenings, as well as offers satellite services in other center halls during conventions. The re-launch of this state-of-the-art facility is key in helping us communicate the incredible history, attractions and recreation our city has to offer. It aims to provide an enjoyable service to our visitors, helping them to make the most of their time in Miami Beach and hopefully confirming our city as their preferred vacation/business spot for years to come. As a businessman, I also recognize it as a prime opportunity for exposure. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to provide your information for distribution and get to know the incredible concierge team over there.

At your service,

Jason Loeb, Sudsies

Chairman, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.


A bright new future for Miami-Dade County

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with our new Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez when he sat down with several of the region’s prominent business leaders to discuss his vision for our local economy. I found that Mayor Gimenez was sincere in his focus to restore the citizens’ trust in county government. He laid out a clear and concise plan to balance the budget, but made it clear that success is contingent on forming true partnerships between the county and cities. He also stressed the importance of gaining the backing of the business community and the important sectors they represent.

I was honored that Mayor Gimenez agreed to make his first public speech at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Pillar breakfast on July 29th held at the La Gorce Country Club, where he shared his vision with our Pillar membership and took questions from the large crowd in attendance. During his remarks he acknowledged the many strengths of Miami Beach, noting that the revitalization of our Convention Center alone will have an incredibly positive economic impact for the entire region. In an effort to capture our trust, he plans to allow the cities to oversee more of their own responsibilities and projects such as this. But he stressed that with this new found freedom comes the responsibility of constant scrutiny to confirm whether or not we are proceeding in the most effective manner to maximize the expected benefits of each undertaking.

As the Chairman of your Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, I know that true partnership with Mayor Gimenez means that the successes and setbacks of our city clearly affect the economic vitality of the entire County. It is also clear that successfully renovating and expanding our Convention Center must be our number one priority since it will have the greatest positive impact on our economy. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce membership represents the brightest and most distinguished business leaders. It’s your ideas, passion and support that transform our vision into realities and make Miami Beach the sought-out destination it is today. I ask for your trust and partnership as we continue to work on building our city, and also now our extended greater community in partnership with Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

At your service,

Jason Loeb, Sudsies

Chairman, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.