By Ginny Gutierrez, Miami Community Newspapers
More than 100 guests, elected officials and local business leaders were on hand for the Apr. 17 ribbon cutting of the new South Dade Visitor Center, located at the South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) — in partnership with Miami-Dade Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava and Dennis Moss, and the Economic Development Council — launched the opening in support of the new South Dade: More to Explore marketing campaign.
“Today’s savvy travelers are looking for authentic experiences and we want to help bring them to South Dade’s increasingly popular eco-habitat of wildlife, farmland, businesses and attractions,” said William D. Talbert, III, CDME, GMCVB president and CEO.
Welcoming guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new visitor center were Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn, Miami-Dade Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava and Dennis Moss, and Rene Infante of the South Dade Economic Development Council.
GMCVB Visitor Centers and neighborhood marketing campaigns serve two important purposes. In addition to informing and attracting visitors to new neighborhoods, they can also help revitalize and re-invent areas where they’re located. Visitor centers have reported a continued increase in traffic in recent years, an indication of their popularity and value for visitors seeking information about what to see and do in South Dade’s vibrant and evolving community neighborhoods.
“More customers can also mean greater economic development for a neighborhood,” Talbert said. “Local businesses and merchants benefit from visitor spending, increasing opportunities for growth and job creation.”
Residents also can benefit from learning more about South Dade by visiting SouthDadeMoretoExplore.com.
“We think even our residents will be surprised at how much there is to see and do in South Dade — Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, our local farms and attractions, great shopping, dining and a year-round calendar of performing arts, festivals and events,” Talbert added.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization with a mission to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions.
For a vacation guide visit the website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.