MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) has been named North America's Leading Tourist Board in the 2016 edition of the prestigious World Travel Awards. Competing against other top destinations including Arizona Office of Tourism, Destination DC, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NYC & Company, Visit California, Visit Orlando and VisitFlorida. Miami Beach was chosen by over 600,000 industry voters.
Accepting the award on behalf of the MBVCA at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony, Peggy Benua, Chair of the MBVCA, says, "The board has worked really hard to leverage Miami Beach's beauty and unique offerings. The Board developed a compelling strategic gameplan to inspire the world to experience Miami Beach's 7 miles of exquisite beaches, luxury hotels, five star restaurants, cultural institutions and entertaining events. Our messaging certainly has resonated globally."
The MBVCA will now be competing against other global winners including the Auckland Tourism, Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cape Town Tourism, Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administrative Commission, and Visit London, for the title of World's Leading Tourist Board. The world winners will be announced at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony on December 2, 2016 in the Maldives.
"Over and over again Miami Beach has been recognized by the travel community and our peers for this amazing destination," notes Grisette Roque, Executive Director, MBVCA. "This award is the culmination of a stellar few years of honors and accolades including first place in the 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, in the category of "Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada" and a winner in the 2014 and 2015 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of "Destinations | Mobile App" and "Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada. The MBVCA Board has successfully positioned Miami Beach as a top-tier, luxurious, sophisticated and cosmopolitan travel destination."
The MBVCA Board continues to grow the Miami Beach brand and position the city as a pioneer in the travel industry with several initiatives in the works including launching the Miami Beach API and app. The Board is also dedicated to continuing to work with its partners to successfully market the destination as "Like No Other Place in the World."
About Miami Beach
Recently named 2016 North America's Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards and first place in the 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the category of "Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada" and a winner in the 2014 and 2015 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of "Destinations | Mobile App" and "Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada" respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for 'walkability' and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination not only produces its own branded sun care line, MB Miami Beach Suncare, but has been ranked by TripAdvisor as number one in 2011's Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations and was also part of Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!
About the World Travel Awards
World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel tourism & hospitality industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The World Travel Awards™ exists to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate excellence in travel tourism and hospitality, which is why your company was chosen by fellow professionals across the globe for a World Travel Award™.
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