Miami Tourism Sets Record

Greater Miami is on track to set yet another tourism record.

According to Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO William Talbert III, nearly 10 million people (9.7 million) had visited the area as of the end of August. That’s up more than one percentage point over last year’s numbers, when the Miami area hosted a record 14.2 million visitors. As Talbert put it: “We’ve had records upon records upon records upon records.”

International tourists have led the influx, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all tourism dollars spent in the area. Many wish to stay at upscale, luxury resorts, such as

Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Turnberry Isle Miami, among others. Anticipating the trend, Turnberry Associations CEO and husband to Elle Macpherson Jeffrey Soffer is leading major enhancements at Fontainebleau and Turnberry Isle to further enrich guest experiences and ensure both remain sought-after destinations.

Looking ahead, officials are gearing up to add a Miami Heritage Month celebration to the annual Art Basel Miami Beach events in December, promising yet another good month for Soffer’s resort properties.

As for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the organization plans to keep the momentum going. On tap for the coming year – working to restore film and television incentives and focusing on major sporting events to build tourism, among other initiatives to sustain the success already achieved.

The goal: tourism records upon records upon records.