On Tuesday, August 16th I had the pleasure of speaking at the Florida Spa Association Panel, titled “Spa Elegance” at the historic and world famous at The Breakers Hotel Palm Beach. Linda Higgs, Vice Chair of the FSA Advisory Board & Spa Director, The Spa at Shula’s, David Healy, Vice President and General Manager, Graham Hospitality; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Matthias Kammerer, Managing Director at The Biltmore – Biltmore Hotel & Charlotte Prescott, Advisory Board Chair & Director of Spa & Fitness, Biltmore Hotel
Diana Catalina Beltran Gonzalez, Manager, Learning and Delivery, School of Hospitality Operations (SoHO), Global Talent Management, Wyndham Hotel Group & Nancy Scanlon PhD CHE, Associate Professor, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the FIU Sustainable Solutions Center Opening. To learn more about the center, please click here
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
Industry Relations Team
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:
- 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
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.
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.
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
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
President & CEO
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association