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GREATER MIAMI HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ON TRACK A WEEK AFTER HURRICANE ANDREW

 GREATER MIAMI HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ON TRACK
 A WEEK AFTER HURRICANE ANDREW
 MIAMI, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A week after Hurricane Andrew swept through the southern part of Dade County, the majority of hotels and resorts in Greater Miami are open and in full operation.
 A Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau survey of 115 Bureau- member hotel properties revealed that 107 were open and in operation. Out of the eight still closed two will reopen within days and four will be reopening at the end of September and/or before the winter season. One was closed months prior to the storm for renovations and the last is a seasonal property which opens only during the winter.
 "It is important for visitors in Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, Canada, the Far East and our domestic markets to understand that Dade County is comprised of 2,000 square miles," Merrett R. Stierheim, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, said. "Dade County is bigger than the state of Rhode Island and the devastation generated by Hurricane Andrew was largely confined to the southern part of the county."
 The storm did minimal damage to popular visitor areas such as the Art Deco District, Bal Harbour, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles and Surfside. Major shopping malls such as Dadeland, Aventura and the Bal Harbour Shops are open for business. Electrical power and water service was temporarily disrupted throughout the county, but these services have now been restored to most tourist areas, with the exception of those in the southernmost portion of Dade County. All hotels and resorts open to visitors have running water and electrical power, in addition to normal visitor amenities such as room service, guest shops, etc.
 "There is no doubt that southern Dade County was devastated by Hurricane Andrew," Stierheim said. "Some of our popular visitor attractions were located in the area and they will take some time to reopen."
 Among the damaged attractions were the Miami Metrozoo, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Deering Estate. These suffered heavy loss of their natural foliage and well-kept gardens which were part of their grace and beauty. Other popular visitor attractions, such as Miami Beaches' Art Deco District, Miami's Bayside and Coconut Grove endured the storm well. In many instances, hotels, shops and restaurants were open immediately after workers cleared debris and utilities were restored.
 None of the beaches on Miami Beach or farther north along the coast in Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles suffered major wear and tear from erosion. These beaches are now open to residents and tourists. The majority of restaurants in Coral Gables, Miami, Miami Beach, Bal Harbour and North Dade are open and serving.
 "There is a mass scale mobilization by the federal, state and local governments to aid and support our friends and neighbors who have lost their homes because of Andrew," Stierheim said. "For the next couple of months, there will be media stories and public campaigns to rebuild our shattered areas in Homestead, Florida City and nearby suburban neighborhoods.
 "The visitor industry in Greater Miami enthusiastically supports these efforts," Stierheim added. "One way we are supporting our South Dade recovery is by getting the number one industry in Greater Miami moving again. It is imperative that people who lost their homes not lose their livelihoods."
 The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has established an extensive databank to assess the status of area hotels, attractions, shopping, etc. Consumer and trade hotlines have been on-line for more than a week providing visitors with up-to-the-minute reports.
 Visitors are urged to contact the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau at any of the following toll-free numbers for additional information.
 U.S. and Canada
 Visitors Services 800-283-2707
 Travel Trade/Convention Sales 800-933-8448
 International
 Australia 0014-800-126-084
 Belgium 078-11-9198
 Bermuda 1-800-753-8448
 Brazil 000814-550-1276
 Chile 00-020-2391
 Colombia 980-1-51171
 Denmark 8001-0966
 Finland 9-800-1-59531
 France 05-90-0998
 Germany 0130-8-16126
 Greece 00800-12-2210
 Hong Kong 800-7255
 Ireland 1-800-55-8397
 Israel 177-150-1186
 Italy 16-78-77134
 Japan 0031-12-2765
 Malaysia 800-0729
 Netherlands 06-022-7497
 Netherland Antilles 001-800-753-8448
 Singapore 800-1873
 Spain 900-98-1497
 Sweden 020-79-2167
 Switzerland 155-3658
 Trinidad & Tobago 1-800-753-8448
 United Kingdom 0800-89-2994
 Uraguay 00-1-800-598-0010
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 /CONTACT: Martha A. Limner, 800-955-3646, or Mayco Villafana, 305-539-3095, both of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau/ CO: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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