VISIT FLORIDA: Updated Zika Resources for Travel Industry

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As the Zika Virus is clearly on people’s minds, VISIT FLORIDA will continue our efforts to ensure consumers have up-to-date information to make the most informed travel planning decisions.  We continue to provide Current Travel Safety Information on VISITFLORIDA.com. Resources for the industry are also available at VISITFLORIDA.org. It is important for our industry to do its part to help mitigate the spread of Zika.  We encourage you to educate your staff, take preventative action, including “drain and cover,” and promote use of insect repellent by your staff.

If you have any questions, please email news@VISITFLORIDA.org or call the Industry Hotline at (877) 435-2872.

Warm regards,
Industry Relations Team
VISIT FLORIDA

GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATE

August 20, 2016

The safety and well-being of the 2.7 million residents and 15.5 million visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches is a top priority for the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and all our community and travel and tourism partners. As such, we are in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County to communicate updates and recommendations to our residents, employees and visitors concerning mosquito borne illnesses.

Updated Travel Advisory

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel advisory for pregnant women traveling to two neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County where small clusters of locally-acquired Zika were identified. The two isolated areas consist of:

    1. Wynwood: Successful mosquito control efforts have now cleared 76 blocks, reducing the original zone to 0.5 square miles.

2. Miami Beach: This new active transmission zone spans 1.5 miles from 8th to 28th streets. This is one square mile of the Greater Miami area which totals 2,400 square miles

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What You Need to Know

Miami-Dade County’s mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and taking measures to spray the affected areas. For complete details on the CDC’s advisory, visit: www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html.

The GMCVB encourages visitors to exercise mosquito safety measures which include utilizing mosquito repellant as well as covering exposed areas of the skin while mosquitos are active which is typically in the dusk and dawn hours. For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites, visit Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control website: www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste/mosquito-control.asp.

The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735. For additional information from the Florida Department of Health, visit: www.floridahealth.gov.

Taking Action

Miami-Dade County has a proven track-record of successfully controlling mosquito borne illnesses and is utilizing the most sophisticated mosquito control techniques to control the spread of Zika. Spraying will continue in Wynwood and has already commenced in Miami Beach.

The GMCVB is in close coordination with City, County, State and Federal agencies to communicate the status of the Zika virus, and efforts to minimize the impact on our visitors.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Zika Update: Greater Miami and The Beaches is Open For Business

Zika Update
August 3, 2016
Greater Miami and The Beaches Travel and Tourism Industry

OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

The safety and well-being of the 15.5 million visitors to Miami and the Beaches is a top priority for the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and all our travel and tourism partners. As such, the GMCVB is in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County to communicate updates and recommendations to our visitors concerning mosquito borne illnesses.

Due to a small cluster outbreak of locally-acquired Zika, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an advisory for pregnant women traveling to a small neighborhood in Miami-Dade County. The area under investigation is approximately one square mile of Miami-Dade County’s more than 2,400 square miles in the area north of Downtown Miami between Biscayne Boulevard to the east; NW 5th Avenue to the west; 20th Street on the south; and 38th Street on the North.

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Visitors into the area should note there is no wide-spread transmission of Zika in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County’s mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and to date, none of the mosquitos have tested positive for Zika. This is a reassuring sign and further evidence that travel into Miami and The Beaches remains safe. The CDC’s advisory is specific to pregnant women and only for a tightly contained neighborhood. For complete details on the CDC’s advisory, click here.

The GMCVB encourages visitors to exercise mosquito safety measures which includes utilizing mosquito repellant as well as covering exposed areas of the skin while mosquitos are active. For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites, visit Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control website by clicking here.

The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735. For additional information from the Florida Department of Health, click here.

Miami-Dade County has a proven track-record of successfully controlling mosquito borne illnesses and is utilizing the most sophisticated mosquito control techniques to control the spread of Zika. We look forward to welcoming you as we continue to be open for business.

Zika Update: Educational Information

Educational Information for our Visitors, Residents & Employees

Greater Miami and The Beaches Travel and Tourism Industry

Due to a small cluster outbreak of locally-acquired Zika, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an advisory for pregnant women traveling to a small neighborhood in Miami-Dade County. The area under investigation is approximately one square mile of Miami-Dade County’s more than 2,400 square miles in the area north of Downtown Miami between Biscayne Boulevard to the east; NW 5th Avenue to the west; 20th Street on the south; and 38th Street on the North. For more information and daily updates, visit http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/travel-advisory-information

Please see below and linked useful information from Miami Dade County Mosquito Control Operations Solid Waste Management Department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for your staff to share with our visitors, residents & employees. This information is both in English and Spanish.

Florida Department of Health Miami Dade County: http://miamidade.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/disease-control/disease-control-general-information.html

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

Enjoy Your Vacation Flyer:
For English Version please click here and for Spanish please click here.
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We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it evolves. However, we would also like to know if you are experiencing any disruptions in business or cancellations because of the situation. Please email Partner@GMCVB.com any details you can provide and feel free to forward any emails that you may be receiving from your customers, be it for leisure or group.

   
William D. Talbert III, CDME
President & CEO
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Wendy Kallergis
President & CEO
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

 

 

Zika Update – July 30th, 2016

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Zika Update
July 30, 2016
Greater Miami and The Beaches Travel and Tourism Industry

OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

With the recent headlines regarding the likelihood of local transmission of the Zika virus in a small area of Miami-Dade County, there are many questions regarding what this means for visitors to our destination. Notable in the New York Times is the quote by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “health authorities are not advising people to stay away from the [Wynwood] neighborhood.”
“Greater Miami and The Beaches is open for business,” says William D. Talbert, III, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). “It is the time of year visitors enjoy the excellent events and accommodations offered throughout our destination, including Miami Spa, Miami Spice and so much more.”
“Hotels are encouraged to continue support of Miami-Dade County’s mosquito control efforts, especially the Drain and Cover program,” adds Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO of the Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA).
Following are some of the facts, and a few of the measures your organization can take to keep guests safe and informed.

  • On July 29, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a release stating that 2 cases of Zika in Miami-Dade County are likely to be determined as locally-acquired. The area under investigation is approximately one square mile of Miami-Dade County’s more than 2,400 square miles in the area north of Downtown Miami between Biscayne Boulevard to the east; NW 5th Avenue to the west; 20th Street on the south; and 38th Street on the North.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has deployed staff to the suspected area of local transmission to conduct outreach which includes door-to-door visits and identification of breeding areas for testing and mosquito control.
  • The CDC has not issued travel advisories into Miami-Dade County or any other destination in the state of Florida. In addition Miami-Dade County’s mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and to date, none of the mosquitos have tested positive for Zika. This is a reassuring sign and further evidence that travel into Miami and The Beaches remains safe.
  • The GMCVB encourages hoteliers and the local tourism community to inform guests, visitors and patrons to practice safe mosquito control measures. For more information on recommended mosquito safety practices please click here.
  • The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.

The safety and well-being of the 15.5 million visitors to Miami and the Beaches is a top priority for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association. As such, we are in close contact with the Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s office as well as the state tourism board – VISIT FLORIDA – to align on best practices as it pertains to mosquito borne illnesses and our visitors.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it evolves. However, we would also like to know if you are experiencing any disruptions in business or cancellations because of the situation. Please email Partner@GMCVB.com any details you can provide and feel free to forward any emails that you may be receiving from your customers, be it for leisure or group.

   
William D. Talbert III, CDME
President & CEO
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Wendy Kallergis
President & CEO
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

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