New hotels, new air routes, new cruise terminal… the U.S. tourism Mecca is booming
With the Super Bowl due to be played in Miami in 2020, tourism infrastructure is set to go the whole nine yards as well! We asked Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau what’s new in this respect…
The big story is more hotel product. We continue to evolve as a global luxury destination. We now have a thing called, “Miami First”. So, whether it’s the new East Hotel in downtown Miami – the first East Hotel outside of Asia, or the Faena on Miami Beach – the first Faena product outside of Argentina, or the first Atton hotel outside of South America – in the Brickell (downtown) district, there are new properties at all price points all over Miami.
Almost every other month we are opening new direct air services. Miami’s is the only airport in the United States now served by more than 100 airlines – up to 109 at the moment. In the past year, MIA welcomed six new international nonstop routes: Bimini, Bahamas; Cologne, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Paramaribo, Suriname; and Varadero, Cuba. Future flights include Wow air – April 5th (from Reykjavik) and Aer Lingus – (from Dublin -launching September 1, 2017). Meanwhile, at the end of 2017, the Brightline high speed rail connector will open its first link – Miami via Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach. The service will ultimately connect Miami and Orlando.
What’s happening in the cruise sector?
We’re still, and always will be the “Cruise Capital of the World”. News here is that Royal Caribbean cruise lines is just embarking upon construction of a new US$250m terminal in Port Miami, that will be home to their newer and larger ships