Written by Miami Today on May 31, 2012
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FULL BEDS: Miami area hotels ranked second in the nation in average occupancy, average daily room rate and revenue per available room in April, trailing only New York City in each category, Smith Travel Research figures show. The average occupancy for the market was 80.1%, behind New York’s 85.5%. The average daily rate was $178.82, behind New York’s $253.80. Revenue per available room here was $143.30, trailing New York’s $217.11. The only other Florida market to crack the top five in any category was Orlando, with average occupancy of 75.9%.
HOSPITALITY JOBS DIP: After an almost straight climb for more than a decade, hospitality jobs in Miami-Dade slipped in April, US Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show. Hospitality jobs fell 1,800 from March to April, bureau figures show. In the prior three years, jobs in the field had risen from March to April. In April, 114,700 people held jobs in the industry in Miami Dade, down from the highest level in more than a decade — and probably the highest ever — of 116,500 in March, bureau figures show. But in the 10 years since the April 2002 industry dive after the terrorist attacks of the prior September, hospitality jobs still showed a huge gain of 23,300 from 2002′s 91,400.
HOT CABLE TICKETS: Miami Heat games in the National Basketball Association playoffs ranked eighth and ninth in the 10 top cable shows’ Nielson ratings the week of May 14, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau notes. Each game attracted more than 4.4 million viewers.
SEAWATER COMPLEX: University of Miami officials will host a groundbreaking ceremony June 7 on Virginia Key to mark the start of construction of the school’s Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Complex. The project will pave the way for the future of the school’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. The 80,000-square-foot complex will feature the only "3D wind-wave-storm surge simulator in the world," a 28,000-gallon seawater tank, a Category 5 hurricane simulator for coastal engineering, marine genomics and gene-expression laboratories, and more. RSVP at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAMBER CHIEF: The Miami-Dade Beacon Council will host Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, as part of the council’s Access Series. He will be the featured speaker during the breakfast session, beginning at 8:30 a.m. June 14 at the council’s offices at 80 SW Eighth St., Suite 2400, in Miami. Admission is $25. To attend, respond by June 11 at www.beaconcouncil.com/events.