Miami Beach Invites Vacationers Back to the Beach

Miami Beach is ready and open for business as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and is open for business, with the beach’s iconic hotels, restaurants, and attractions operating once again. Tourists are welcome back with open arms and can expect the same signature vacation experience that Miami Beach offers any time of the year. From hotels like The Betsy and Delano to fine-dining at Nobu and Hakkasan, the city is back in action.

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Hurricane or no hurricane, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks. It’s no wonder this beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport.

We are so thankful that Miami Beach weathered the storm well. The city has taken all necessary precautions and diligently made preparations in order to welcome back our beloved locals and tourists from around the globe,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “Miami Beach’s key destinations have reopened and look forward to delivering on the five-star service visitors expect.”

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers

Miami Beach invites vacationers back to the beach as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Tourists are welcome back with open arms.

A number of the beach’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are now open and eager to welcome guests. Below is only a sampling:

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The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority was recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, awarded first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App“, “Overall Spa Destinations | U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations | U.S and Canada” respectively. The City of Miami Beach has also been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

For more information and updates on Miami Beach, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

Major Model Debuts and Much More Set for The 2013 Miami International Auto Show

AUTO AFICIONADOS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A FIRST LOOK AT HUNDREDS OF 2014 MODEL CARS, TRUCKS, CROSSOVERS, AND SUVS WHEN THE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL SHOW RETURNS TO THE MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER FOR ITS 43RD ANNUAL RUN

WHERE: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL

WHEN: Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 17th, 2013

HOURS: Friday, November 8th 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 9th 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 10th 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Monday, November 11th (Veterans Day)11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Tuesday, November 12th 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Wednesday, November 13th 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Thursday, November 14th 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday, November 15th 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 16th 11:00 a.m. logo-color-4to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 17th 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

THE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW is the first major auto exhibition of the season and is produced by the SOUTH FLORIDA AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION, a four-county group of 190 new car dealers from The Keys to the Palm Beaches. The 43rd edition of the Miami International Auto Show will be held November 8-17, 2013.

Models from more than 40 manufacturers will be displayed throughout the nearly half million square foot floor along with many of the same special features and exhibits that have made the auto show one of the keynote events of South Florida’s fall season. Miami is considered among the top five in attendance nationally among auto shows.

South Florida is a top market for introducing new automotive products,” said Mario Murgado, show chairman of this year’s 43rd annual event. “Today’s engineering and technology are adding to efficiency, safety, reliability and value. These cars really offer something for everyone.”

Two vehicles will be making their national auto show debuts in Miami. The CADILLAC ESCALADE, which set the standard for luxury SUVs when it was introduced as a 1999 model, is all new for 2015 as it enters its fourth generation. The 2014 MASERATI GHIBLI SEDAN, first seen as a coupe in the 1960s, is set to spearhead the Italian manufacturer’s ambitious plans to become a fine-line automaker by 2015.

Show Car- 2014 Corvette Stingray

The 2014 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY, the Great American sports car that is entering its seventh generation, is the OFFICIAL SHOW CAR FOR THE MIAMI AUTO SHOW. It’s a treat for the eyes and, with an active exhaust system that tunes tone to fit the driver’s mode setting, the ears as well.

It is over 60 years old and moving into its seventh generation, but, like fine wine, quality cheese, and Sophia Loren, the Chevrolet Corvette just gets better with age.

Chevy gave the iconic American sports car a complete makeover for 2014, and show attendees can see the result for themselves when they visit the 43rd annual Miami International Auto Show.

How does the 2014 model stack up to its predecessors? Well, when designers and engineers were finished with it, they gave it the hallowed Stingray badging.

We didn’t set out to build a Stingray,” says John Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager. “We set out to build the greatest Corvette we could. It wasn’t until we got done with that that we said, ‘You know, this really does remind everybody of the ’63, in terms of not only in the look of the car but how the car feels and how it reacts.’

We thought it was natural to add the Stingray name at that point.”

With a new 6.2-liter V8 engine, the 2014 model is the most powerful standard Corvette ever with 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque delivered to the rear wheels through either an all-new seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. With EPA ratings of 17 miles-per-gallon city and 29 highway, Chevy claims this as the most efficient sports car on the market.

Yet when equipped with the Z51 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE, the 2014 ’Vette will zip from zero-to-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet.

It’s not just in performance that the 2014 Corvette stands out, however. This is the most-advanced Corvette in technology with five driving modes — Tour (default), Sport, Track, Weather (rain and snow) and Eco (shutting down four cylinders for enhanced fuel economy while highway cruising) — and also the most refined.

Designers wrapped the cabin with premium materials, including carbon fiber, aluminum, and rich leather throughout. The smallest detail is attended to, like precise stitching on the smaller, leather-wrapped steering wheel for a more consistent feel.

Yet even with the improvements, the 2014 Corvette has a starting MSRP of under $52,000 in coupe form with the convertible starting at under $57,000, including destination and delivery charges. All in all, it’s one car you don’t want to miss on your visit to the MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

In addition to being able to pore over the vehicles at their leisure, show goers also will be able to get behind the wheel of selected new models from manufacturers like Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Mazda, and Toyota during the show’s Ride & Drive opportunities on weekend hours and Veterans Day (November 11).

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There’s no better backdrop at any other auto show in the U.S. than Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive,” added Murgado.

Camp Jeep, offering attendees the opportunity for an off-road experience as Jeep experts take riders around a special layout just outside the center, returns and will recognize its one-millionth rider during the course of the show.

Also back will be the nostalgic Havana Classics presented in part by Telemundo 51. Cars that once toured the Cuba’s picturesque roads and backstreets will transport you back in time to the 1950s. A rare, 1936 Ford Cabriolet originally owned by Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn will be among the featured vehicles. Continue reading

Art Basel annonces Premier Selection of Galleries to Participate in 12th Edition of Art Basel Miami Beach

Opening Day (by invitation only):  Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Public Days: Thursday, December 5, to Sunday, December 8, 2013

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In 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach will feature 258 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The show presents artwork ranging from Modern masters to the latest contemporary works and includes, for the first time in Miami Beach, a sector dedicated to editioned works. Art Basel Miami Beach, whose Lead Partner is  UBS, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 5 to December 8, 2013.

Galleries Sector 2013 - Galería OMR, Iñaki Bonillas, Plata gelatina sobre papel de fibra, 2013, Courtesy of Galería OMR

Galleries Sector 2013 – Galería OMR, Iñaki Bonillas, Plata gelatina sobre papel de fibra, 2013, Courtesy of Galería OMR

Galleries Sector 2013 - Elizabeth Dee, Gabriele Beveridge, Mostly that your face is like the sky behind the Holiday Inn, 2013, Courtesy of the Artist and Elizabeth Dee, NY

Galleries Sector 2013 – Elizabeth Dee, Gabriele Beveridge, Mostly that your face is like the sky behind the Holiday Inn, 2013, Courtesy of the Artist and Elizabeth Dee, NY

The 2013 Miami Beach show asserts again its status as the premier destination for galleries from the United States and Latin America, with nearly half of this year’s exhibitors coming from those regions. Galleries with exhibition spaces in 31 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay are participating at this year’s show. For the full gallery list, please visit www.artbasel.com/miami-beach/exhibitors.

Galleries Sector 2013 - Proyectos Monclova, Simon Fujiwara, Art Worlds: Mex in The City, 2013, Photography: Lisa Rave

Galleries Sector 2013 – Proyectos Monclova, Simon Fujiwara, Art Worlds: Mex in The City, 2013, Photography: Lisa Rave

A select group of younger American galleries are taking part in the show for the first time, including Elizabeth Dee and Corbett vs. Dempsey in the show’s Galleries sector, 47 Canal in Nova, and Bureau and Real Fine Arts in Positions. Reflecting the international show’s growing link to Asia, new galleries from the region include Tang Contemporary Art and One and J. Gallery, both in Positions, and Singapore Tyler Print Institute in Edition. Continue reading

MIAMI FASHION WEEK® IS SET TO KICK OFF ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE 4TH ANNUAL HUMANITARIAN AWARDS

CO-HOSTED BY TIFFANY & CO. AND THE PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS OF THE MIAMI BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BENEFITING THE MIAMI FASHION WEEK FOUNDATION

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The 15TH ANNUAL MIAMI FASHION WEEK, the largest Latin American and International fashion event in the US will host the 4TH ANNUAL HUMANITARIAN AWARDS on February 7, 2013, 7:00pm – 10:00pm poolside at the MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH HOTEL in Miami Beach.

The HUMANITARIAN AWARDS honors ten of Miami’s most dedicated and respected philanthropists for their endless giving to the mfwlogocommunity. The evening will include a special fashion presentation by “MIAMI FASHION ICON AWARD RECIPIENTS” NICOLAS FELIZOLA, JULIAN CHANG and VIVIANA G FOR PETIT POIS, fashion models, celebrity guests, music, food, cocktails, an awards presentation and a luxury silent auction with irresistible items from TIFFANY & CO., Miami’s hottest hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, luxury car dealers, international artists, spa treatments and more. The occasion is a fundraising event for the MIAMI FASHION WEEK FOUNDATION, INC., a non-profit organization supporting education within the creative arts by providing cash scholarships, mentoring programs and internships, among other incentives for students and emerging talent in the creative industries.

Following a successful 20 year career spanning more than 35 countries as an international fashion model, BETH SOBOL, founder of SOBOL FASHION PRODUCTIONS, INC. established MIAMI FASHION WEEK in 1999. In 2010, she was joined by Aaron Perry, business man and entrepreneur as managing partner of the newly rebranded SOBOL-PERRY FASHION PRODUCTIONS, INC. to focus on the development of strategic business partnerships and the global expansion of the MIAMI FASHION WEEK brand. Continue reading