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I -- -- -- down to Miami might like all time favorite place in the whole wide world right now Williams Albert is with us president CEO of the greater Miami convention and visitors bureau.
We thank you review and as a loving your sunglasses on because that would mean that therefore it's very bright already down there.
Miami is my favorite place.
What thank you Tracy I think I saw you last weekend on southeast -- -- high -- -- Iowa this.
We were just -- for the FOX & Friends earlier -- governor Scott but.
We just come off of Miami Beach and it is quite -- on the beach so hopeful appeal understand the need I was sunglasses here.
I love right Miami I love it makes me feel like I'm almost there with you -- and things are turning aren't -- his Miami had a really rough for awhile didn't it.
You know -- kind of the last destination they go down on the first to come back up.
And their reason for that Tracy is it almost half of our visitors are from the United States -- international -- so.
We did go down but not as fast and as far.
Is many folks did end we've come up.
Like gangbusters and I think you've seen our release 2010.
Was a record year for international visitors domestic visitors.
What they spent where they came from.
All the numbers were up in the future looks very bright.
Right Miami though did take a beating as far as housing goes in things like that we're showing now the numbers.
The overnight visitors up five point 6% international six point six domestic up four point seven.
Why you think it is even -- the notion that.
Commerce business housing really got hammered in Miami.
Why do you think visitors flocked to there anyway what -- the price is right phrase that it.
Tracey -- a very simple reason I think you can see in the back -- I guess how we have great weather is extraordinarily easy to get here.
We -- opened new terminals at the airport.
Miami's growing up in the last few years we've got more new -- five star hotels no attraction you know cultural facilities.
And and it's warm here in this cold of a lot of lot of places in the world but.
You know howling is separate.
From -- vacation destination we are in fact one of the top.
International vacation destinations.
In the entire world and and we at a hotel rooms in 2009.
Likely had to return was up but yes we went down ever so slightly.
And we went down just like everybody else did.
But the point is for Miami we came back quicker than just about anybody else -- you see in 2010.
Record numbers again -- example Brazil for instance in 2010.
Overnight visitors -- up 15%.
Broke a fifteen year record.
It was fifteen years ago when we had more resilient that's how strong this vacation destination and we have a number of great meetings here as well -- Yeah you know what I'm not give you that the convenience of it you know I just took my kids in Jamaica and we stopped we had a layover in Miami and they were all at wiley -- -- there.
And there isn't that notion that when I wanted to get go somewhere -- -- you -- as well at least as far as the East Coast -- Miami is the good.
Probably the first -- comes to mind for most people I it's got the weather the night -- the fabulous hotels.
-- really interests me though is that this year's expenditures also increased by like 10% so that means.
Not only of people coming down the coming down their spending.
Well Tracy you've got very Smart kids by the way and we'd love to host them in the future -- get links on glass yeah Robert but a half.
But I think that you know the 10% increase in expenditures.
Reflects that have -- visitors are from the US -- foreign visitors stay longer and spend more.
We had increases in virtually every cut every country in South America went up in 2000.
Almost by 10% in South America.
You know south Americans economy if you watch fox.
Is very very very strong.
What's helping you think is -- that is it got hotels on the strip is a bit.
Card that she -- in the Jersey Shore as well you know I'm like yeah.
I'm glad you mentioned that Tracy I've been here for forty years.
The brand the word Miami has never been stronger right that one word just like fox.
But the Miami brand is strong wherever you go around the world and you say my -- say.
And it's lots of things.
I think the emergence of South Beach we have a downtown that is now blossoming.
As one of the great downtowns -- -- world.
But it's it's it's all about brand management and we're in the at the convention bureau.
-- -- -- -- where we're all part of keeping a brand gone I mean we have the three kings in downtown Miami yes they had a couple of losses big deal.
-- you're gonna see Miami Heat and the three kings.
In the finals I'm -- right here.
The NBA championships but you know that's going to be.
Ground zero where -- Miami for two months.
For the NBA championships.
But we have Doral golf.
We have Key Biscayne tennis we had a Grand Prix of Miami we have a number of great events were great -- -- is not just the beaches and the night life yes.
But we are emerging cultural and fashion.
And arts center in the world but we have all of the major events.
Week after week after week we have the Miami international film festival right now we have the Miami international.
Fashion Week going on right now as we speak and soon the L winter music conference -- are great events.
Your viewers need to get on -- plane and come down here now and -- gets sunglasses because they'll need him here.
Our Basil of course food and wine festival I mean I you do most of them tons of events and young -- in a place -- that's gorgeous and I got to believe that that helps.
What are you expecting -- going forward are you expecting.
Housing to start to turn more people to start coming.
Well I mean it's clear if you had cash.
You should come to Miami and buy a unit whether it's a Condo on the water or on the there house.
You know cash is king announced the -- to -- that's one side of the house but as a vacation destination.
Which is really not really been down.
Once again my name is a place to come and vacation.
We have a program it's a great place to live work and play we have great meetings and conventions but I had as a future look.
You know as long those oil prices don't go up too much higher.
-- we're seeing here we are enough in March in the first quarter is very strong we had a record summer last year a record summer.
And though we're probably gonna have a record first quarter this year.
For terrorism once again Tracy and we need to see you back here with those kids out beautiful kids and yours will be I don't and then -- one of the top.
Vacation destinations in the world a word Miami.
Means more than it's ever meant.
And that's -- and like I sit with my kids love it will -- be there this summer.
He also -- a big court four point three million cruise passengers come through Miami as well and that actually is one of my favorite things.
Is -- good down to the tip of the ship and wants to cruise ships come -- Bill -- you're awesome and man -- -- the voice of Miami's you are stunning strong.
Thank you Tracy look forward to seeing you back in -- Miami very soon yet will be there built out of president CEO of the greater Miami convention and visitors bureau.
Down -- as I said my -- place.
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