GMCVB’s Talbert: “We’ve had 44 straight months of adding jobs in South Florida’s hospitality industry”

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By Rebeca Trujillo | Editor, Miami Empresarial

William Talbert III, President/CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, specified that the jobs created during this period have an average annual salary of $45,000. And his best news yet: the industry is still expanding 

GMCVB's Bill Talbert delivers great news during the DCC Power Luncheon
GMCVB’s Bill Talbert delivers great news during the DCC Power Luncheon

Miami, Florida | William Talbert III, President/CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), delivered extraordinary news to the group of South Florida entrepreneurs and professionals attending the Doral Chamber of Commerce‘s (DCC) October Power Luncheon: The area’s hospitality industry has experienced consistent —and considerable— growth over the past three and a half years, leading to healthy employment and wage levels.

“We’ve had 44 straight months of adding jobs in the (South Florida) hospitality industry,” said Talbert, who didn’t “beat around the bushes” as he introduced his “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” presentation.

The leading advocate and marketer for Miami’s travel and tourism sector shared even more facts about the region’s top industry:

  • Overnight visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches last year increased +3.5% to a record-breaking 13.9 million;
  • About 80% of these overnight visitors are here on vacation;
  • The area experienced an 5.2% increase to a record 6.8 million international visitors in 2012;
  • An increase of 1.8% to a record 7.1 million domestic visitors;
  • A record $21.8 billion spent by visitors on lodging, food, shopping, transportation and entertainment;
  • A record $172.5 million was generated by Miami-Dade County on tourist-related taxes; and
  • Greater Miami and the Beaches ranked #4 in hotel room rate and occupancy among the top 25 US hotel markets.

While 2012 marked the third consecutive year of record overnight visitors and other achievements, 2013 is proving to be a banner year as we head into what promises to be a hectic holiday season.

Sustained growth in Miami’s travel and tourism industry, says Talbert, has resulted in increased employment opportunities and remuneration levels for Miami-Dade countians, who had seen one of its top commercial engines, the real estate and construction industry, shatter during the economic downturn.

“Our industry generated a record 112,300 jobs last year,” he told the crowd. “And if you look at the Tax Watch Florida report recently, the average hospitality job makes about $45,000.”

In a recent meeting with the new President of the Beacon Council, Talbert added, Larry K. Williams “sees hospitality as the quickest way for people to make it to the top.”

And Talbert assured attendees that the performance data for 2013 will be even better. There is, however, work to be done on several fronts to overcome several stumbling blocks that are holding the industry back.

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