Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach and HCP Media Unveil Acqualina Magazine, 2018, Vol. 2, Luxury Lifestyle Magazine!

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Sunny Isles Beach, FL – July 12, 2018 – Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, in partnership with HCP Media, a custom publishing and media company, announces the launch of Acqualina Magazine 2018, Vol. 2, the latest edition of the resort’s own luxury lifestyle publication. This semi-annual, high-end, glossy in-room magazine showcases the best of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, The Mansions at Acqualina and The Estates at Acqualina — set to open in 2020.

Previous issues of Acqualina Magazine have garnered a number of notable editorial and design awards, including recognition from The Florida Magazine Association and Graphic Design USA. Acqualina Magazine 2018, Vol. 2, is sure to be another successful iteration, highlighting the latest trends in fashion, design, lifestyle and leisure with a central focus on Acqualina’s Five Star, Five Diamond offerings and amenities.

“We are proud to once again present our guests and residents, as well as enthusiasts of the Acqualina brand with this beautiful magazine,” says Alexandra Wensley, Vice President of Communications for Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach and The Estates at Acqualina. “The latest stellar installment of Acqualina Magazine boasts insightful articles and stunning imagery, and — after our recent groundbreaking ceremony for The Estates at Acqualina— it also provides exquisite details on our newest offerings.”

From alluring accessories and high fashion to curated experiences and ultra-luxe shopping destinations, Acqualina Magazine features the best South Florida has to offer while highlighting the superlative luxury and comfort at Acqualina Resort & Spa, The Mansions and The Estates.

“Creating this beautiful magazine on behalf of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is an honor for HCP Media,” says Marisa Beazel, President and Publisher of HCP Media. “It is a wonderful opportunity to bring Acqualina’s superior offerings to life within the pages of Acqualina Magazine and to be a part of the brand’s growing portfolio.”

For more information on this publication and for an opportunity to be a part of the next edition, please contact Lisa Magnus at 305-376-5257.

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 publishing 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 308 prestigious awards for editorial, photography and design.

About Acqualina Resort & Spa

Acqualina Resort & Spa is a place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class dining including Il Mulino New York, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms and an innovative marine biology-based children’s program. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events. Acqualina Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States, provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation. A family owned and operated property, Acqualina is a recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Awards for both the hotel and spa and the AAA Five Diamond Award.


Media Contact: Ingrid Martinez HCP Media

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GMBHA Board of Director Bill Talbert featured on SFBJ Ultimate CEO Insights!

William D. “Bill” Talbert III
President & CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Age: 72
Birthplace: Neptune Beach
Residence: Miami

In the last 18 months, Bill Talbert and his team at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau have endured a host of “headwinds” that might have created serious challenges for other travel spots.

The Miami Beach Convention Center closed for a six-month “blackout” period during its $600 million renovation and expansion. Travel from Brazil, among Miami’s largest feeder markets, fell 26 percent. The Zika virus scared off travelers, and Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the region.

Nonetheless, under Talbert’s leadership, greater Miami last year welcomed a record 15.9 million overnight visitors who generated an economic impact of $26 billion and employed about 144,800 people in tourism jobs countywide, the bureau reported.

“We probably have never had that many headwinds in one year,” Talbert says. “With that said, we still were able to grow the business by working together.

How do you keep your team innovative and creative? We treat every day as the first day. We imbue that in our people by example. We empower the staff, and I’m not a micromanager. When I go to conventions now, I have a little tag that says “First Time Attendee.” Technically I’m not, but … many people get what that message is.

What’s your greatest strength and weakness? My greatest strength is empowering my team, and my greatest weakness is overextending myself.

Why would I want to work for you? I empower the team to reach new levels. If I micromanage, I don’t need you.

What’s been your greatest professional accomplishment? Being involved in creating Miami as a luxury brand.

What has been your greatest professional challenge? Hurricane Andrew. I was COO in 1992 during Andrew, and Merrett Stierheim was CEO. That was early in our careers. We’ve had a series of challenges over time – the Gulf oil spill, the African-American tourism boycott, 9/11 – but the first one we can remember was Andrew. We had to show that we were open for business, even with all of the pictures. That was our first challenge.

When did you know you wanted to be a tourism development executive? All of my previous jobs were training me to do this job. Whether it was at community groups, government, facilities, then as part of a public agency, then Women’s International Tennis. That marriage of public and private positions really was a training ground. When I came here, I said this is where I was destined to be.

What do you like most about this community? Diversity. The businesses within our industry have become more diverse. We have record international tourism. We’re developing businesses and capacity in our historic and multicultural neighborhoods. There are people in hospitality who live in every ZIP code in this community. We say: “Tourism is everybody’s business.”

What would you fix in our community? Workforce housing. We have all of these luxury hotels and luxury everything, but if I could get workforce housing done, that would be nice. To the city of Miami’s credit, in its recent bond issue, voters approved a package of resiliency and workforce housing. Our industry has more upward mobility than any other. You can rise very quickly, and these are careers that are non-exportable.

Amid all your challenges, what centers you? Staying electronically connected at all times keeps me centered. I’m most comfortable connected. I’m least comfortable disconnected.


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Gov. Scott Appoints Esther Fano to Metropolitan Planning Organization of Miami-Dade County

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Esther “Shelly” Fano to the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Miami-Dade County.

Fano, 67, of Miami is the director of the Hospitality management program at Miami Dade College. She currently serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority. Fano received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida International University. She succeeds Maurice Ferre and is appointed for a term beginning June 22, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021.

MIA ranked best Florida airport for business travel

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Miami International Airport (MIA) is the best airport in Florida and 8th in the U.S. for business travelers, according to an inaugural study released this month by TravelBank. The study, ranked the 30 busiest U.S. airports based on five factors: transit accessibility; on-time arrival performance; overall quality satisfaction; parking rates; and nearby hotel.

“Congratulations to MIA for achieving high marks in the TravelBank study. Our airport is the first impression for business travelers to our community, so this accolade is proof-positive that we are moving in the right direction.” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

According to FAA and U.S. DOT data used in the study, MIA served 20.8 million enplaned passengers in 2016 and had a 79.1 percent on-time arrival performance in 2017 – both numbers ranking highest among Florida airports. The airport also received high marks in transit, which were calculated based on transit time, driving time, transit fare price, and the cost of pre-booked UberX rides to or from the airport. In comparison to competitors, MIA also stood out for its high overall quality and service, as well as the availability of more affordable nightly rates at nearby hotels.

“We are proud to be ranked by TravelBank as one of the leading airports in the U.S. for business travelers. We look forward to building on this ranking with additional improvements coming soon, which should take our customer satisfaction scores even higher.” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola

TravelBank is a business travel management app built for both businesses and business travelers, providing easy means for booking travel, tracking expenses, & earning rewards.

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, transportation and more, visit Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.