Thanks to a vote held on this year’s election day, the City of Miami Beach will soon welcome a convention center headquarter hotel connected to the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).
The future 800-room convention headquarter hotel (planned for the intersection of 17th street and Convention Center Drive) had long been considered the missing piece in the Miami Beach’s meetings and convention package. The city hopes this newly-approved, privately-funded future hotel will competitively position the MBCC to secure more tradeshow and destination-wide meeting business, thus fueling the already increasing economic impact to the community.
“The City of Miami Beach has been contemplating the development of a convention center hotel for more than two decades,” said city manager Jimmy L. Morales in press materials. “In that span, the city has solidified its brand as an international destination for tourism, arts and culture, shopping, dining and entertainment. This privately-funded hotel will now make us a highly competitive convention destination that is anticipated to generate millions in annual revenue to benefit our residents.”
The Miami Beach Convention Center is the centerpiece to Miami Beach’s meetings and conventions industry. Reimagined following a $620 million renovation, the expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom, almost 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, an expanded Grand Lobby and pre-function areas, up to 84 breakout rooms, 1,610 miles of fiber optic cabling and 480 miles of copper wiring to support all IT communications, plus $7.1 million dollars worth of art curated by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places program, a new 6-acre public green space that can serve as incremental event space, and much more.