Miami-Dade County announces its local TV, Film and Entertainment Production Incentive Program

MIAMI (July 18, 2017) —

In keeping with its mission to maintain Miami-Dade County as a top production destination, the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources’ Office of Film and Entertainment is launching a local TV/film and digital entertainment production incentive program.

The program intends to help support individual film and entertainment projects that will benefit the industry workforce and boost the local economy and will be available starting August 1.

Productions will have to meet certain requirements to benefit from the program. Among those are the following:
• The production must spend at least $1,000,000 in Miami-Dade County on payroll (for Miami-Dade County residents only) and other expenditures.
• At least 70% of the entire production project must be produced in Miami-Dade County.
• Each production project is required to hire a minimum of 50 main cast and crew (employees) that are Miami-Dade County
residents and must include at least one student/recent graduate who is enrolled at or recently graduated from a local college or university.
• Salaries for Miami-Dade County residents hired must be a minimum of the current living wage as defined by County law.
• At least 80 percent of vendors utilized on the production project must be Miami-Dade County-based registered businesses.

The rebate for qualifying productions would be a maximum of $100,000 per project. Each project’s eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and each project/grant agreement will be require approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Grants will only be disbursed after the project is completed and proof that all requirements were satisfied has been submitted.

“The local industry has been asking for the County’s assistance by enacting a local incentive program and now they have it,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. “This is a vital industry for our local economy, and we want those who are a part of it to be able to work and live here, and not have to move away in order to pay their bills.”

“Miami-Dade is committed to bringing back an important industry that positively impacts all of our County,” said Commissioner Sally A. Heyman (District 4), who sponsored the Resolution.

“We are excited to be able to offer this local TV/film and digital entertainment production incentive program to the industry,” said Sandy Lighterman, director of the Office of Film and Entertainment. “We anticipate this program will be able to stem the loss of our crew, acting talent and supporting businesses.”

Miami-Dade County is an ideal destination for film and entertainment projects. From diverse locations, experienced crews and local talent base to superior infrastructure, it boasts of a dynamic, flourishing production industry that employs approximately 10,000 full and part-time workers and has an annual impact of over $1 billion to the local economy.

For more information on the TV/film and digital entertainment production incentive program, visit the Office of Film and Entertainment.

GMBHA & HSMAI Women in Hospitality Panel 7.11.2017

We are always so excited to partner with HSMAI for our annual Women in Hospitality Panel! Our event gets bigger and bigger each year and we were so happy to have our event at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management (we, of course, had to have our panel in a classroom!). We had a wonderful group of Women on our panel. It was so great to hear from our Women Leaders and listen to how they balance their work life and family life to what advice they would give university students.

DSC_7123-MMeet our panelists & moderators!
(Front-l-r)Silvia Camarota, Director, Market Management-Florida, Expedia; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Simone Champagnie, Executive Director, Development, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism; Jessica Kramer, VP, Business Development, ALICE; Fatima Thompson, Associate Director of Business Development, Hotels, STR; Lourdes Hainlin, Vice President, Partner Services, Forbes Travel Guide; (back, l-r) Connie Kinnard, Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development, GMCVB & Lindsey Norris, Regional Partnership Manager, VISIT FLORIDA

FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management shared with us the importance of CPR training and introduced the Analise Dlugasch Memorial Endowment. This program is to help raise awareness and aims to teach life-saving skills to every hospitality management student at FIU. The ultimate goal of the program is to have the program adopted by the hospitality industry in South Florida.
We were able to raise over $400 dollars in our raffle that will be donated directly to the Analise Dlugasch Memorial. For more information on this program or to donate, please click here .

We also had a great group of local vendors participate at our reception. Special thanks to StartUP FIU Food for organizing these great (and delicious!) vendors to participate.

Thank you to Greathouse Gourmet, Frice Cream, Sweet Jalane’s, Happylicious by Betsy, High 7 Teas, Marlem’s Coquito, Dipsa Snacks & Meringue Factory



MLB All-Star Week Meet the Commish!

We had a great time at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce All-Star Luncheon this past Monday. It was great to hear from Rob Manfred, Commissioner|Major League Baseball at our very own Marlins Park!

img_51201.jpgMatthias Kammerer, Managing Director, The Biltmore Hotel; Curtis Crider, General Manager, Sonesta Coconut Grove; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Robert Hill, General Manager, InterContinental Miami






 Summer boredom officially “over” in Miami as new, family-friendly publication produced by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and HCP Media promotes child and family-oriented tourism in Greater Miami & the Beaches.

 MIAMI, July 7, 2017 – As part of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission to cater to visitors and their families during their visit to Greater Miami & the Beaches, the 2017/2018 Greater Miami & the Beaches Family Fun Guide was created to showcase Greater Miami’s many attractions, amenities and services for the whole family.

The 2017/2018 Greater Miami & the Beaches Family Fun Guide marks another successful collaboration between Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and award-winning publisher HCP Media. New for the 2017/2018 edition, copies of the guide will be included inside the July 14, 2017, edition of the Miami Herald delivered to select zip codes.

Featuring the brand-new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science on the cover, this colorful, portable and informative guide focuses on Greater Miami’s best attractions, kid-friendly hotels and services, as well as scheduled and ongoing events that showcase Miami and its Beaches as the family-friendly destination it has always been.

“The 2017/2018 Greater Miami & the Beaches Family Fun Guide is one of our more fun publications to create,” says William D. Talbert, III, CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have thoughtfully put together this guide to promote Greater Miami as a top destination for families, including those traveling with members with special needs and of all abilities. Greater Miami is one of the most welcoming and accommodating cities for visitors who are traveling with little ones and who wish to experience a global destination that truly offers something for everyone.”

“This publication has always been popular and highly sought-after, not only by visitors but also by our own residents,” states Marisa Beazel, President & Publisher of HCP Media. “HCP Media is proud to showcase all that Greater Miami has to offer families and remind our residents, especially parents with kids who are home for the summer, that Greater Miami has thrilling and spectacularly unique attractions. Plus, some of our most iconic hotels cater to families with unique amenities that keep kids entertained, while allowing parents to enjoy a relaxing vacation. The structure and format of this book is especially user-friendly for visitors and busy families on the go.”

The 2017/2018 Greater Miami & the Beaches Family Fun Guide features 40 pages of rich content, informative listings and a playful design that focuses on Greater Miami’s kid-oriented attractions, hotels, amenities, helpful resources and fun events happening all over Greater Miami.

The 2017/2018 Greater Miami & the Beaches Family Fun Guide is available at visitor centers, upon request and will be delivered to specific areas receiving the July 14, 2017, edition of the Miami Herald.

About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit our website at or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at,, and

About HCP Media
As communication experts, HCP Media, a division of McClatchy, creates innovative, market-leading, cross-platform solutions that stay ahead of consumers’ evolving media habits. A custom media and promotion company, HCP offers a wide variety of engaging print publications, developing and producing over 100 custom publications for hotels, airlines and other clients. The company’s reach extends beyond the travel niche and into the global luxury market, including en-suite cruise line publications and luxury lifestyle magazines. Additional custom products include multilingual destination guides, in-room hotel books, in-flight magazines, travel videos and websites, as well as accompanying sales, marketing and promotional programs. The company also produces commemorative coffee-table books, healthcare publications, program guides and other customized publications.

Beyond the written word, HCP’s top-tier marketing and branding products include custom event marketing, strategic social media and blog content, marketing publications, and materials for national and global companies targeting affluent, sophisticated consumers. Together, these turnkey, top-quality print and digital marketing solutions reach more than 80 million active travelers annually and 5 million unique monthly visitors on its combined websites. In addition, HCP’s work has been recognized with more than 275 prestigious awards for editorial, photography and design.