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In Miami earlier this year, tragedy turned into solidarity as the business community along with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau quickly reacted with information and updates to associations planning meetings following Hurricane Andrew.

In just one week, the majority of hotels, convention facilities, and businesses were open and in full operation. 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. And the world-famous Miami beaches still beckon sunbathers and swimmers.

Merrett R. Stierham, president, CEO, Greater Miami CVB:

"It is important for meeting planners to understand that Dade County comprises 2,000 sq. miles, covering an area larger than the state of Rhode Island. The devastation that was generated by Hurricane Andrew was largely confined to the southern part of the county. These communities are in the midst of a large-scale rebuilding effort. One way we are supporting our South Dade recovery program is by getting the number one industry in Greater Miami--tourism--moving again. It is imperative that people who lost their homes not lose their livelihoods."

The National Education Association, Washington, D.C., held its annual meeting in Miami in July 1991, with approximately 13,000 attendees. Richard J. Nuanes, manager of convention operations, says, "I think the destination has gone through a lot of significant positive changes, which made it an attractive place for our group. As a city it's an interesting place, there is a lot to do, an exciting cultural scene. Of course the weather is great. The amenities, the hotels, the restaurants, the nightlife--it's all there. And the Miami Convention Center is a really beautiful facility."

MIAMI/Greater Miami CVB:

Staff: 79, including Merrett R. Stierham, president and CEO.

Services: Include "one-stop shopping" for sites, hotels, convention services, brochures, posters, publicity materials, programs, entertainment, city orientation, and visitors guides.

Location: Approximately 8 miles from the airport to downtown, and 14 miles to Miami Beach.
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Title Annotation:convention facilities in Miami, Florida
Publication:Association Management
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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