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WEIGHING MIAMI: A vice president of Dallas-based Meeting
Professionals International, which bills itself as the world's largest association
of meeting professionals with more than 18,000 members, said his group is evaluating
Miami as a possible site for a world education congress in 2005. Mavie McHale,
speaking for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the congress
would have an immediate $3 million economic impact on the area. Meeting Professionals,
she said, is also looking at Montreal, Boston and Pittsburgh and is expected to
announce its choice next month.
Greater Miami's hotels topped the nation with an average occupancy of 78.3% for
the first third of this year, says Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention
& Visitors Bureau. The average daily room rate of $88 was ranked 4th in the US.
Occupancy was down three-tenths of a percentage point compared to the same period
WATCHING THE STORE:
KPMG, which has audited the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for 10
years, will keep on doing so. The bureau requested proposals from other auditors,
said Treasurer Elizabeth Hicks, a principal with Korn Ferry International, but
the finance committee decided to retain KPMG.
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: CSL, a Minneapolis firm, has
an $86,500 contract from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to study
the adequacy of convention space in the region. The firm did similar studies for
Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Kansas City, Washington,
DC, and others. If the study shows need, the bureau may seek to tap county convention
development tax receipts to fill the gap.
BUSINESS EXPO: More than 200 businesses are to display
their goods and services today (6/28) at the 10th annual Greater Miami & the Beaches
Business Exposition and Luncheon in Hall D of the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Lunch speaker is Janet Reno, former US attorney general. The expo, from 2-6 p.m.,
is $5; lunch, at noon, is $25. Details: (305) 672-1270.
TELECOM ENGINEERS: Miami-Dade Community College announced
its School of Design Technology is starting an associate in science degree in
telecommunications engineering with a $550,000 grant from the Florida Department
of Education. Plans call for the M-DCC school to offer an associated post-secondary
adult vocation program and five intermediate and post-secondary certificates.
Details: (305) 237-0620.
BOUTIQUE BOUQUET: Cole Haan, Lalique, Roberto Cavalli,
Valentino, Yves St. Laurent, Fendi, Ferre Jeans, Gant, Francesca Romana and Paul
& Shark are to open new boutiques this fall in the Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins
Ave., said Enid Rosenthal, media representative for the upscale shopping center.
In other developments at the mall, Ms. Rosenthal said, Louis Vuitton will expand
from 1,800 to 4,400 square feet, Hermes is going from 720 to 4,400 square feet,
Charles Jourdan from 1,400 to 2,700 and Pratesi, formerly operating in 800 square
feet is now to use 1,200. Also, Ms. Rosenthal said, tenants St. John and Chanel
are due for renovations, new tenants are Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels and newly
opened designer boutiques are MaxMara, Marina Rinaldi, Stephane Kelian and Alfred
FISHY BUSINESS: The International Game Fish Association
announced this week that it will hold a new fishing tournament for youths in Miami
on July 21 at the Miami Beach Marina. The competition is open to persons 16 and
under. The association holds its 5th annual Junior Angler Tournament Oct. 13 in
Dania. Cost for the Miami meet is $25. Details: (954) 927-2628 or igfa.org.
DESIGNER MEALS: The Miami Design Preservation League
is offering a four-part "Sunday Movie Classics & Dinner" program starting
at 7 p.m. July 7 in the Park Central Hotel, 640 Ocean Drive, with the screening
of Hole in the Head, a film starring Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson. The
idea is to showcase legendary hotels, say organizers, in addition to having "an
elegant dinner of classic cuisine." Prizes go to the best movie-theme costume.
Reservations required. Cost is $40 a session - the series is to continue Aug.
26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7. Details: (305) 672-2014.
SEA SHOW: The World Trade Center Miami is holding
next year for the first time a Sea Cargo Americas International Exhibition & Conference
May 13-17 to network and promote Miami's port and an Americas Property Market
& Investment show on a date to be determined, said Charlotte Gallogly, president.
WATSON DEADLINE: The new deadline to submit proposals
for the construction of a mega yacht marina in the northern quadrant of Watson
Island is July 16. The proposal must include a marina and mixed-use buildings
with water related uses. City of Miami commissioners plan a special workshop on
the project Sept. 4 & 7. Details (305) 416-1400.
TRADE MISSION: The Central America-US Chamber of Commerce
is holding a trade mission to El Salvador and Honduras. Registration fees are
$850; 750 for members, excluding hotel and travel expenses. The fee will cover
breakfast briefings at US embassies, match-making appointments, luncheon presentations
and resource information packages. The region, say organizers, needs machinery
and mechanical appliances, transportation equipment, consumer products, chemical
and mineral products and plastic and rubber. The US Department of Commerce, Enterprise
Florida and the Trade Mission Center of the Americas are co-sponsors. Details:
Officials at Miami Children's Museum say they have created a team to organize
the expansion of the museum's planned move to Watson Island. AMS Planning &Research
is developing the museum's business and strategic plan. Rafael Peruyera, with
Peruyera & Associates, will be project manager for the construction of the $13.5
million project, which was designed by Arquitectonica. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture
& Design Partnership is leading development of exhibitions and interpretive components
for the new museum, said Richard Lampen, executive vice president of New Valley
Corp. and new president of the museum's board. Construction of a 55,000-square-foot
building is expected to start early next year and take 18 months. Details (305)