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WHY GO TO MIAMI FLORIDA?

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According to The Beacon Council, (Miami relocation and business expansion services), the Miami Downtown Development Authority, The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and American Airlines, Miami Florida is the ideal location for a business, convention, home or vacation.

Together, they're promoting "Miami: Where Worlds Meet" to the fashion design, technology, biomedical, life sciences, financial services, architecture, aerospace, aviation and tourism industries.

Office space for lease

Office space in Miami is plentiful and competitively priced, compared to major American and European cities, according to Robert Geitner, senior manager, marketing and communications for the Miami Downtown Development Authority. "If you haven't been to Downtown Miami in the last five years, you wouldn't recognize it."

Nearly 100 Miami hotels, condos, retail properties, commercial spaces and office buildings have been recently built, are under construction or approved for construction. Miami new developments include Shops at Midtown, Paramount Bay, Ten Museum Park, Marina Blue, Mint, Epic and Capital at Brickell.

Metrorail and Metromover

Greater Miami has a population of 2.4 million. Metrorail and Metromover stations service Downtown Miami, which consists of the Central Business District (CBD), Brickell and Park West.

Environmentally conscious visitors and residents can also travel through Downtown Miami on green pedicabs. Up to two people can ride the tricycle-like Go Green Pedicabs for the price of a tip.

More than 50 airlines offer flights to 150 U.S. and international destinations through Miami International Airport (MIA). American Airlines flies to more than 120 destinations from Miami. MIA is also number one in the U.S. for international air cargo.

Port of Miami ships cargo to more than 100 countries and 250 international ports. The "Cruise Capital of the World" is home to nine major cruise lines. Its modern Miami passenger terminal serves nearly 4 million cruise passengers each year.

Things to do

So why go to Miami, Florida? Besides being a business center, Miami offers visitors much to see and do. "Miami has culture, museums and great dining," says Rolando Aedo, senior vice president of marketing and tourism for The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

He cites the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, as an example. Three main stages showcase ballet, opera, theater and symphony orchestras.

Nearby attractions

The city of Miami has more than 6,000 restaurants, countless trendy nightclubs, bars, lounges and places to dance. Miami shopping districts include Lincoln Road, Collins Avenue, Miami Design District, Miracle Mile in Coral Gables and Bal Harbour Shops and Village at Merrick Park.

The warm Miami climate allows outdoor lovers to enjoy 34 kilometers of beaches, water sports and golf year-round. Within easy driving distance are Baggs Cape Florida State Park, in Key Biscayne, Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.

Miami family attractions include the Miami Seaquarium, where visitors can swim with dolphins, Metrozoo, which showcases jaguars, anacondas and stingrays in its Tropical America exhibit, and Jungle Island, with more than 3,000 animals and exotic vegetation.

Meetings and conventions

Miami Beach Convention Center and Miami Convention Center host meetings, trade shows and exhibitions. Meeting and conference space is also available in Greater Miami hotels.

High-end Miami hotels include the Four Seasons, three Ritz-Carlton hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Regent Bal Harbour, Conrad Miami and The Setai.

Miami Beach and the Art Deco District are renowned for boutique hotels and beach resorts, such as Eden Roc and the Fontainebleau.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

Miami: Where Worlds Meet: www.MiamiWhereWorldsMeet.com

The Beacon Council: www.BeaconCouncil.com

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.MiamiAndBeaches.com

Miami Downtown Development Authority: www.miamidda.com

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