medical conventions pick Miami
major medical associations will hold national conventions in Miami-Dade
County and pump about $35 million into the local economy during the
next decade, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors
of the Society for Neuroscience in 2005 and the American Academy of
Dermatology in 2010 are expected to attract a total of 40,000 participants,
says William Talbert, president & CEO for bureau.
is the third time the neuroscience group has chosen Greater Miami.
It met here in 1994 and 1999.
a significant rebooking of a very large convention. It's the largest
booking we've had over the past several years, " said Mr. Talbert.
1999, the society brought about 20,000 people into the area with an
impact of about $18.5 million, said Bill Anderson, director of planning
and research for the visitors bureau.
Talbert said Miami beat out destinations such as Orlando and Washington,
DC, to host the neuroscience conference from Nov. 12-17, 2005, at
the Miami Beach Convention Center. It is expected to draw about 25,000
doctors and pharmaceutical professionals who will spend about $21
million, he said.
addition, the American Academy of Dermatology plans to gather Feb.
27-March 2, 2010, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
meeting is expected to draw more than 15,000 medical professionals,
educators and researchers. The four-day convention could have an impact
of more than $14.6 million.
were delighted with our site visit, which highlighted the abundance
of new and expanded hotels, meeting space and entertainment options,"
said Cheryl K. Nordstedt, the academy's interim executive director.
"It was obvious that Miami has evolved into a destination that
can comfortably meet our convention needs."
Orlando and Washington, Mr. Talbert said, were vying to host the dermatology
conventions carry among the heaviest economic impacts because their
participants tend to have high disposable incomes, Mr. Anderson said.
American Society of Nephrology met here in November and brought $9.5
million to the economy. About 11,600 professionals attended that meeting,
Mr. Anderson said.
impact is determined by considering factors including the number of
attendees using hotel rooms, room-to-person ratio, length of a convention
and the average daily expenditure, he said.
Talbert said more than 40 hotels, including the four-star Loews Miami
Beach, will be used for accommodations and events related to the neuroscience
and dermatology conventions.
officials attribute both bookings in part to the number of large upscale
hotels that have opened or are under construction here.
high-end hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental and the J.W. Marriott,
Mr. Talbert said, are to open this fall. And the Ritz Carlton Coconut
Grove and the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach will be completed in 2001.
don't come here if the destination is not good," Mr. Talbert