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The Wolfsonian-Florida International University
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
This lecture will highlight Miami Beach’s distinctive architecture and how it lures visitors to come to Miami Beach as well how the ownership and businesses function in the buildings. The architecture began it all. Before the night clubs, the museums, the entertainment…there was the fabulous architecture!
The Art Deco District brought The Miami City Ballet, The New World Symphony, The Art Center of South Florida, and so much more to Miami Beach. And now the tourists follow! The buildings house hotels, retail shops and restaurants which have merged uniquely with the historic district to become what is today known internationally as «Ocean Drive».
George Neary has been Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1998. He is in charge of the creation and implementation of new arts and cultural programs for Miami-Dade County. He directs promotional programs which encourage and increase visitor attendance at local cultural events and attractions. His job also includes creating linkages and partnership between Greater Miami businesses and the arts community. His targets are cultural tourism, heritage tourism, and gay & lesbian tourism.
Prior his current position, George was the Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League of Miami Beach, Florida for seven years.
Ceci Velasco is the Executive Director of the Ocean Drive Association. Previously she worked at the iconic South Beach hotspot, Mango’s Tropical Café as its EVP of Operations for three years after serving as the Executive Vice President and COO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce since 2010. She continues to serve the Miami Beach Chamber as a member of the Board of Governors and Chairs the Tourism and Hospitality Council. She participates on the Marketing Committee for the GMCVB. She also serves as a board member of the Miami Chapter of the Restaurant and Lodging Association.