MIAMI (CBSMiami) – He has been selling Miami and the beaches for years. Now Bill Talbert, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, is stepping aside.
Over the years, Talbert said he’s seen a singular alteration successful South Florida’s tourism manufacture which present accounts for $19 cardinal a year.
“Fifty years agone we were a sleepy small municipality and present we are 1 of the apical planetary destinations successful the world,” helium said.
Talbert has helmed the GMCVB for the past 19 years and during his clip Miami and the formation person moved beyond conscionable “sun, fun, and sand.”
“The satellite loves this place, Miami Beach is much than a beach, it’s arts and culture. When we got Art Basel, it truly propelled us,” helium said.
During his tenure, Talbert was progressive successful bringing Super Bowls, tennis championships, and events tiny and ample here, with his squad promoting the Miami and Miami Beach marque worldwide.
Ninety percent of each tourists to South Florida travel done Miami International Airport.
While determination was a natural, organic, maturation successful tourism numbers, promotions his staffers developed fueled spectacular progress.
“There is simply a large squad down maine that makes the destination successful. Team effort, squad win,” said Talbert.
But it’s not been each amusive successful the sun. Hurricanes, Zika, lipid spills each presented tourism challenges. Talbert said the events of September 11th were particularly frightening.
“Why we were peculiarly acrophobic due to the fact that it was an aerial disaster. The bulk of our concern was coming by air, we were the astir susceptible spot successful the country,” helium said.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Talbert shifted absorption to amended the assemblage and assistance the hospitality assemblage retrieve from the economical downturn. What was his idiosyncratic biggest challenge?
“One of the biggest challenges was the reimagining of the Miami Beach Convention Center and the request for an attached office hotel,” helium said.
The normal concern is cardinal to a robust tourism system and Talbert got it connected waging a relentless run and voters approved his hope.
“It is acceptable for caller business, caller markets, we are excited astir that,” helium said.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that David Whitaker has been appointed the adjacent president. He returns to Miami aft tourism jobs successful Chicago and Toronto. Whitaker is nary alien to South Florida. He worked for the GMCVB from 1990 and 2007.