Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in

Miami

Learn why you should host your next meeting, incentive, event or conference in Miami.

Why Miami for Your Next Meeting or Event?

Miami offers a sizzling mix of fun, business, vibrant cultures, distinctive neighborhoods, delicious restaurants, exquisite design and — of course — stunning beaches and near-perfect weather. 

Miami Travel Essentials
Taxes. Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Convention Center. 
Miami Beach Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 500,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 81

CVB. Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Only in the Magic City

Cutting-edge architecture and contemporary design are the hallmarks of the Faena Forum, a landmark property in the cultural heart of the Faena District Miami Beach. Comprising 43,000 square feet of event spaces — including two grand exhibit halls, a marble amphitheater with built-in seating and five meeting rooms — the 1,000-person public venue is a chic and sophisticated platform for corporate meetings and retreats as well as artistic performance and social celebrations.

Transportation in & Around Town

Miami International Airport, about eight miles northwest of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $22 to downtown; by Super Shuttle, $15. Uber and Lyft also service the airport.

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Meeting & Event Venues

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Miami Beach's New World Center, home of the New World Symphony, features a flexible 757-seat concert hall, 2,330 square feet of acoustically isolated multipurpose space and a 2.5-acre outdoor park, all organically complemented by a rooftop garden and patron's lounge that showcases breathtaking Biscayne Bay.

New & Coming Soon to Miami

A 26-month, $620 million renovation and expansion is transforming the Miami Beach Convention Center. Upon completion in September 2018, the 1.4 million-square-foot property will feature nearly 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, a new 60,000-square-foot grand ballroom, 81 breakout rooms, a 20,000-square-foot glass rooftop specialty space and an adjacent six-acre park.

The 111-room CIRC Hotel will soon debut in downtown Hollywood. Designed to complement the mixed-use Hollywood Circle Development, the 12-story boutique property will offer authentic Italian cuisine at the Olivia Restaurant and Wine Cellar, a rooftop bar and lounge, rooftop pool, a fitness center and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

Ocean Drive continues to transform. In May, the luxury oceanfront Costa Hollywood Beach Resort will open just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. Amenities include 307 guestrooms and suites, a 25,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck, Cielo Restaurant & Sky Bar, a poolside restaurant and bar, and 3,500 square feet of flexible event space.

Groundbreaking is set later this year for the new Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center. MDM Group is investing $750 million to develop a 54-story facility with 1,700 hotel rooms, 600,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, a 1,500-seat theater, and an 80,000-square-foot pool/event deck with views of the bay, AmericanAirlines Arena and the downtown Miami skyline. Completion is set for 2022.

Hotel & Venue Additions

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Eden Roc Miami Beach recently completed multimillion-dollar restorations that have brought the legendary beachside resorts back to their glory days. The Eden Roc also launched the largest Nobu Restaurant and Bar Lounge in the world, created by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Oscar-winning actor Robert DeNiro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper.

Ocean Drive has a chic new Art Deco property following a $40 million remodel and expansion to the former Park Central hotel. The stylish Celino South Beach will soon debut with 132 guestrooms, 26-suites, three restaurants and bars, a rooftop glass-bottom pool, custom loaner bicycles, 24-hour fitness room and 6,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space.

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, The Betsy South Beach has completed a two-year transformation that included expanding into an Art Deco wing that formerly housed the Carlton Hotel. The landmark Ocean Drive property now offers two restaurants, an ocean view rooftop pool complex, library, event space and 130 guestrooms — more than double the original 61.

In Aventura, the 300-acre Turnberry Isle Miami hotel and resort has been rebranded as a JW Marriott property and this fall will celebrate the completion of a $175 million redevelopment. Enhancements include a new 16-story tower that will bring the room count to 680, an additional 110,000 square feet of meeting space, plus various improvements to the hotel's pool, front driveway and main lobby.

Things to Do in Miami

Getting Active & Outdoors

A green and easy way to get around is via the Citi Bike sharing program. The by-the-hour or monthly membership amenity gives locals and visitors 18-years or older access to nearly 2,000 beach cruisers located at hundreds of solar-powered DecoStations in Miami Beach, downtown Miami and other areas. Available 24/7; app and credit card payments accepted.

Extending Your Trip

Park It: Miami has more than 800 parks and is the only city in the United States that is bordered by two separate national parks: Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. Countless other parks situated downtown, oceanside and in the suburbs offer getaway opportunities for picnics, water sports, fishing and hiking.

Art All Around: Get to Wynwood, a former warehouse district that's been transformed into South Florida's happening arts hub. Features include Wynwood Walls — a hip outdoor museum that showcases large-scale works by some of the world's best-known street artists — plus 70 galleries and museums, dozens of restaurants and bars, and hundreds of innovative and inspiring creations.

Miami Art & Sports Scene

Be it sports games, dance, theater, concerts, festivals or shows, Miami know how to throw a rockin' party. Plan your meetings to coincide with these iconic local events:

  • South Beach Wine and Food Festival (February): Regarded as one of America's more prestigious gourmet gatherings.
  • Miami Open (March): This year's event is headlined by tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
  • Ultra Music Festival (March): More than 55,000 electronic fans will party to the biggest DJs in the world.
  • Miami Beach Polo World Cup (April): Four days of beachside celebrity sightings and equine action.
  • American Black Film Festival (June): Immerse yourself in five days of celebrating emerging talent, culture, master classes and red-carpet premieres.
  • Art Basel Miami Beach (December): The art world descends on the Miami Beach Convention Center to showcase 260 galleries and 4,000 artists from 31 countries.
  • Super Bowl LIV (February 2020): Start planning now for the NFL's 54th world championship!
Magic City Excursions 

Bon Voyage: Take a one- or multi-day cruise from  PortMiami, celebrated as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and global headquarters to the industry's biggest lines: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines. It also houses the world's largest cruise ship, RCL's Symphony of the Seas, which began sailing in March from a newly constructed, $250 million terminal.

Unlock the Keys: The Florida Keys and Key West make an ideal side trip for groups and corporate retreats. The breathtakingly scenic, 125-mile-long island chain features an array of venues from large corporate spaces to more intimate settings. Meeting planners and corporate retreat organizers can explore a variety of new activities to keep groups comfortable and entertained.

Top Restaurants in Miami

Underscored by eclectic melting-pot traditions, Miami is famous for its inspired
and flavorful street fare. Among the top restaurants in the Magic City:

  1. House of Food Porn - sushi/fusion
  2. La Mar by Gaston Acurio - South American
  3. Cvi.Che 105 - Peruvian
  4. Ferraro's Kitchen Restaurant & Wine Bar - Italian
  5. Aromas del Peru - Peruvian
  6. LOLA Restaurant & Grill - Argentinian 
  7. KYU - Asian
  8. Steak Brasil Churrascaria - Brazilian
  9. Pollos & Jarras - Peruvian BBQ
  10. Niu Kitchen - Mediterranean 

Among the must-try dishes: