The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) in partnership with the Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) has developed the first-ever hospitality industry pledge focused on measures and policies to mitigate the impact of mosquito-borne illnesses in Greater Miami and the Beaches.

“By signing this pledge,” Mr. William D. Talbert III says, “they are telling the world that we are taking preventive measures, and there is some consistency.” The pledge, Ms. Wendy Kallergis says, “commits these hotels to being responsible not only for the education of their visitors and their properties, but to have very good preventive programs throughout the year.” So far, Mr. Talbert says, 74 major hotels across the county have signed the Zika pledge.

The Hotels pledge to:

1. Engage mosquito mitigation systems and practices including spraying, fogging and misting all public areas.

2. Conduct employee awareness training.

3. Designate on-site “mosquito control coordinator” to monitor hotel’s overall efforts.

4. Provide complimentary mosquito repellant at strategic locations.

5. Dispense “dunks” in all open water drains as appropriate.

6. Chlorinate and monitor swimming pools, decorative fountains, ponds and other landscape water features.

7. Eliminate standing water in planters and other decorative and architectural features, as well as garbage cans and containers.

8. Remove puddles that last more than 48 hours.

9. Maintain strict and preventive grounds keeping practices, including elimination of ornamental plants such as bromeliads, which can be mosquito breeding grounds.

10. Ensure updated CDC guidelines and information on mosquito borne illnesses and prevention is available at the front desk and upon request.

To read the full article on Miami Today Click Here &
to sign the Hotel Pledge Click Here.

Go Buses Florida Announces New Double-Deck Service from Miami to Key West

Go Buses Florida Announces New Double-Deck Service from Miami to Key West

 Go Buses, the newest high-end/low price bus provider has expanded its operations. Originally operated from New York City to Boston and Washington DC, Go Buses will now operate daily express service from Miami Beach and Downtown Miami aboard our ultra-sleek and luxurious 81 passenger double-deck coaches.

Our 81 passenger double deck coaches allow riders an unprecedented view of the Florida Keys as they relax in their plush reclining seats. Each seat comes equipped with seatbelts, individual reading lights, and electrical outlets for each passenger. Furthermore, each Go Bus is equipped with high speed, wireless wi-fi service at no additional charge. If this wasn’t enough to persuade the most savvy of traveler, each passenger aboard receives a complimentary bottle of water.

Tickets may be purchased up until the time of departure. One-way fares begin at just $9.

We invite members of the media to join us on Thursday March 20th, as our new green and white, Go Bus Doubledecker makes its debut trip to Key West.

For more information, please contact Mike Castro at (305) 688-7700 or via email at We would welcome the opportunity to share more with you about Go Bus and hopefully have you attend our inaugural trip.

Go Buses is a product of Academy Bus; the nation’s largest family owned transportation provider.

GoBuses Florida – Press Release 03.20.17

14th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon!

World Trade Center Miami Launches New Trade Initiative at 14th annual International Women’s Day Luncheon

            MIAMI (March 8) – Romaine Seguin believes it’s vital for women to raise their voices together in support of international trade. “It is our responsibility to future generations to help build prosperous, sustainable communities through two-way trade,” said Seguin in announcing the World Trade Center Miami’s new “1,000 Women Strong Trade Initiative.”

 Speaking at the World Trade Center Miami’s 14th annual International Women’s Day Conference and Luncheon today at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Miami, Seguin said the goals of the new initiative include enhancing professional opportunities for South Florida women, as well as increasing the region’s two-way trade with the world and promoting Miami’s position as the “Trade and Logistics Capital of the Americas.”

 Charlotte Gallogly, president of the World Trade Center Miami (WTCM), said a record-setting 700-plus women and men attended the multifaceted event, which honored five women for their accomplishments:

 ·         Teresa Foxx, director and general manager, Barclays Miami office

·         Inmaculada Gutiérrez-Carrizo, Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Spain for the Southeast United States

·         Wendy E. Kallergis, president & CEO, The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

·         Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, Consul General, the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami

·         Alissa Peñaloza, planning, grants, and real estate development manager, PortMiami


The annual women’s day event included two professional development seminars.  Seguin, president, UPS Americas, moderated a panel discussion  on “How to Get Women on Corporate Boards,” with Jocelyn Carter-Miller, president, TechEdVentures and SoulTranSync; Lauren E. Smith, managing director-Miami Office, Diversified Search; and Claudia Grillo, COO, United Way Miami.

 Gallogly led an “Update on Critical Trade Advocacy Issues and How to Get Involved” with panelists Deborah Stern, member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.; Manny Mencia, SVP, International Trade Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.; and William Talbert, president, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

            Since 1975, the annual International Women’s Day celebration by the United Nations serves to focus attention on the issues facing women around the world, and highlights their achievements.  In 2004, the WTCM began to sponsor this annual event in order to recognize Florida women who have inspired others to make major accomplishments in international business. For more information, visit

 The event sponsors are:

 Gold Sponsors: Association of Floral Importers of Florida, Consulate General of Canada, DHL, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Laurem Group, Miami Dade Aviation Department, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, PortMiami, Seaboard Marine, TD Bank and UPS Americas.

 Silver Sponsors: Barclays Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Diversified Search, Greenburg Traurig, P.A., Highgate Hotels, Mercantil Commercebank, Tropical Shipping, U.S. Customs & Boarder Protection and Wells Fargo.

 Bronze Sponsors: ACG Analytics, American Airlines, American Airlines Cargo, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri, LLP, Charlotte Gallogly & Associates, Chase Marketing  Group, Cuba Trade Magazine, EPIC Hotel, Express Travel, Federal Express, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders  Association, Florida International Bankers Association, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Access Tunnel, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., South Florida District Export Council, SunTrust, The Netherlands Consulate General in Miami, Trade Commission of Spain, TRUMP Doral Hotel, TYLIN INTERNATIONAL, Victoriana, LLC, Women’s International Trading & Shipping Association and WorldCity Business.