Miami registers record number

Over fourteen million people traveled to Miami, Florida last year; the 4th consecutive year of its record tourist numbers. William Talbert, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau chief executive officer told that 2013 marked the 1st time that Miami has welcomed over fourteen million overnight visitors. And, out of those, a record 7.13 million people were international travelers, which an increase of 4.4 percent over 2012. On the other hand, the number of domestic visitors went up to 0.2 percent to 7.09 million.

More visitors suggests more spending with a US$ 22.8 billion in traveler expenditures for last year. This is an increase of 4.6 percent compared to 2012. Convention & Visitors Bureau also stated that the average daily room charge reached a record US$ 176.66, which was an 8 percent increase. The hotel occupancy reached to a record 77.9 percent, which is a 1.8 point increase.

Meanwhile, along with complimentary educational sessions offered by the Cruise Lines International Association, the Cruise Shipping Miami is giving cruise sellers a free admission to the industry's most prominent and largest networking scope, a chance to walk the show floor for all 3 days as well as admission to Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening. The premier cruise industry event of the world is set for 10th to 13th March, 2014, at Miami Beach Convention Center.

UBM's cruise event portfolio’s director Daniel Read told that a majority of cruises are still sold by travel agents and it is in the best interest of the cruise industry to have well informed cruise sellers providing value and guidance to consumers.