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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The health and safety of Miami-Dade residents, visitors and travel industry employees is a priority to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).  We understand the necessary steps required to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will have a massive impact on the travel and hospitality industry.  As Miami-Dade County’s official accredited sales and marketing organization for the promotion of leisure and business travel, we are committed to relaying the most relevant information to our visitors and industry.

In Miami, we take great pride in welcoming visitors from all over the world however in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the strong recommendation from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), calling on social distance and refrain from non-essential travel, we ask that visitors reconsider their plans to travel to Miami and the Beaches and do their part to help contribute to slowing the spread of the pandemic. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome guests and visitors to our community soon.

Miami’s Hotels for Essential Lodgers

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced an emergency order declaring closures of public beaches, parks, and non-essential retail and commercial establishments. Effective March 26, 2020 hotels and other commercial lodging establishments must refrain from taking reservations except for guests deemed as Essential Lodgers.  Essential Lodgers include displaced residents or visitors, healthcare professionals, first responders, National Guard members and more.  For a complete look at what qualifies as an Essential Responder please review Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order

For your convenience, the GMCVB has identified hotels in the Greater Miami area that are currently open and accepting reservations for Essential Lodgers.  To review list of hotels open for business please visit www.miamiandbeaches.com/miami-essential-lodging

If you are an Essential Lodger (see the qualifying criteria) interested in sending out a lead to all hotels, please send email with your information and a subject line – “Essential Lodger Request” or call (305) 539-3071 for assistance.

Help for the Tourism Industry

The GMCVB is committed to getting the travel & hospitality industry help as quickly as possible.  In response to the increasing need from the industry, we recently launched a webpage listing all the resources and charitable opportunities available for the travel and hospitality industry.  While the GMCVB has partnered with the United Way Operation Helping Hands for a tourism component to the Miami Pandemic Fund, there are other opportunities available to partners in our community.  The Help for Tourism page will provide our industry and partners a look at how to secure help or even offer help should you be in the position to do so.  For more information visit www.miamiandbeaches.com/help

‘Miami Eats’ Program

As many of our hospitality partners in the restaurant community have turned to delivery and takeout services after mandatory closures of dining rooms, the GMCVB is stimulating demand for those services with the recent Miami Eats program.  The program is supported by a comprehensive marketing program to include social and digital strategies, advertising and public relations.  And the best part?  It is completely free for restaurant participants and to the end-user!  With more than 400 restaurants part of the Miami Eats program, Miamians are being asked to Order Out and Help Out.  For more information visit the Miami Eats webpage at www.miamiandbeaches.com/miamieats.

Travel Information for Visitors

AIR TRAVEL

The U.S. government has several travel restrictions in place including suspending most inbound travel from Europe, Asia and some of Latin America. For the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions, please check with the US Department of State

Miami International Airport remains open and servicing flights. Many carriers have begun cancelling and/or reducing service, therefore, travelers into the Greater Miami area are advised to check with their carrier to check on the status of flights.

Cruise Travel

The US Department of State has introduced new guidelines advising Americans not to travel by cruise ship. As such, major cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations while PortMiami remains operational for cargo business. For your convenience, following are some of Greater Miami's top cruise lines and their updates.

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