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              WHAT’S NEW IN GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES:
MIAMI (March 26, 2003) – On the heels of a strong 2002 year, with more than 10.2 million
people visiting Greater Miami and the Beaches and a record $212 million spent on film
production, the destination is gearing up for Summer Festival Season, featuring a cornucopia of
hot value deals and cool events. Miami’s visitor industry continues to reinvent itself and thrive,
investing in major renovations and expansions. Following are the latest developments in hotels,
attractions, restaurants, transportation and more:

HOTEL HAPPENINGS

The AAA Shelborne Beach Resort South Beach recently renovated its property including a grand
transition of the Main Lobby and Lobby Lounge; updating over 200 accommodations including 15 suites;
the redecoration of all meeting, function and event venue spaces which includes flexible meeting space
for up to 400 and indoor/outdoor venues for up to 200; ISDN capability for meetings and broadcasts;
tropical landscaping in front of the property and its poolside Tropical Gardens; two new elevators and pool
and Jacuzzi heating systems. All rooms now offer high-speed Internet capability, data ports and
voicemail service. We are also home to Karaoke. Visit www.shelborne.com.

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is in the final stages of a multi-million dollar renovation of guest
rooms, guest bathrooms and hallways. Guest rooms feature new flooring with Jerusalem stone; new
interior decorating; window treatments; bedding including feather mattresses, tropical duvets and covers;
a collection of books and a pullout desk; high speed internet connection, multi-port phones; and in-room
safes. Guest Bathrooms have been upgraded with Jerusalem stone; new granite vanity tops; fixtures and
an upgraded amenities package and new linens. Guest hallways have been redone with new crown
moldings and lighting. In addition, the hallways have taken on a museum-like quality with historical,
captioned photographs showing the history of Biltmore and Coral Gables. The Biltmore Hotel’s Fitness
Center has also undergone an extensive renovation including the installation of all new Cybex strength
equipment throughout the entire facility. Recognized by Men’s Health as one of the leading hotel fitness
centers in the US, the facility is located adjacent to the Biltmore’s Spa, which was fully refurbished in
2002. Visit www.biltmorehotel.com.

The Clinton Hotel is a stylish addition to South Beach’s boutique hotel scene and one of the last great
Art Deco gems to be renovated this historic property is slated to re-open early April after a $12 million
facelift by acclaimed French architect and designer Eric Raffy. An intimate hotel featuring the service and
amenities found at large luxury resorts, the 88-room property offers ultra-plush bed linens, mini bars
stocked with a creative mix of contemporary munchies and flat screen televisions with built-in DVD and
CD players. All of the 30+ suites sport private Jacuzzis, many of which overlook the hotel’s waterfall and
reflecting pool. Spa services and exercise equipment will also be available in-room or by the hotel’s pool.
The hotel also features an eye-popping, see-and-be-seen central lobby bar, espresso bar and vintage
Chinese restaurant Pao, the brainchild of nationally-prominent restaurant group cb5. Visit
www.clintonsouthbeach.com.

Courtyard by Marriott has opened a new location in the heart of South Beach. This 90-room boutique
hotel is walking distance from the ocean and Miami’s hottest restaurants, clubs and shopping spots.
Spacious guests rooms offer a comfortable sitting area, large work desk, two phones with data ports, in-
room coffee and movies, cable/satellite TV, hairdryers and cribs upon request. Amenities and services
include an on-site restaurant, complimentary coffee in lobby, laundry valet, self-service laundry facilities,
complimentary newspaper available in lobby, safe deposit box at front desk and a fax machine. Visit
www. courtyardbymarriot.com.
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The Doral Golf and Resort Spa recently completed a $40 million facelift of its guestrooms, fountains and
building exterior. Over the past three years, Miami’s premier destination resort has invested more than
$75 million on the renovation, including the addition of The Blue Lagoon water recreation area, restoration
of its Spa suites, the opening of its fifth golf course, The Great White, and the enhancement of its existing
courses. Visit www.doralresort.com.

Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa has completed a $14 million renovation program that includes a
re-design of the resort’s meeting space, fine dining and casual dining restaurants, and pool areas. The
renovation, completed in January 2003, was under the direction of Spillis Candela DMJM, the
architectural firm that collaborated with Morris Lapidus in 1999 to restore his vision of this legendary
property. Changes in Eden Roc’s meeting space include, renovation in the Cotillion and Mona Lisa
ballrooms and reconfiguration of the lower conference center level meeting space creating five new
meeting rooms, a group office, and several new seating areas for pre- or post-meeting functions.
Improvements also include a lush tropical garden surrounding the renovated pool and Jacuzzi area. Visit
www.edenrocresort.com.

The 920-room Fontainebleau Hilton has completed a $65 million renovation. This included the
renovation of its famed lobby and lobby bar. This area was restored back to its original splendor with a
modern twist. Bleau View restaurant and Stephens lounge are now open. All the guest-rooms in the
Chateau building have been renovated. The new look is a sophisticated blend of rich tones and woods.
The elegant accommodations include marble vanities, baths and pedestal sinks. Cookies World, the
resorts new 7,000 square foot water park is also open for year round fun. Visit
www.fontainebleauhilton.com

The Four Seasons Hotel Miami is set to open on prestigious Brickell Avenue, surrounded by the city’s
best entertainment and shopping areas. In elegant Floridian style, the Hotel will feature an expansive
terraced deck with lush tropical landscaping and three swimming pools; a full-service spa and sports club
and innovative dining, framed with sweeping views over the city of Miami. Soaring 70 stories, it is the
city’s tallest building, its contemporary design a striking complement to Miami’s modern architectural
inclination. State-of-the-art technology, exceptional multilingual support services and in-house event
planners, plus Four Seasons unparalleled level of cuisine and service create the location of choice for
small board meetings, social gatherings, large conference, galas and weddings.                       Visit
www.fourseasons.com/miami.

Directly across from the world-renowned Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Turnberry Associates is
building a 151-room Hampton Inn. This new hotel, located on Biscayne Boulevard, will feature a
spacious meeting room, upgraded lobby and pool. The project is also in the permitting phase and
scheduled to break ground this summer. A targeted opening of July/August 2003 has been set. Visit
www.hamptoninn.com.

The 100-suite Homewood Suites Sunny Isles Beach opened In July 2002. Managed by Miami-based
Cardel Hospitality Group, LLC, the hotel is the first condominium-hotel in the Homewood Suites by Hilton
system. Converted prior to the construction phase, the hotel appears and operates as a traditional
Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel, featuring the brands standard amenities including daily complimentary
guest breakfast in the “Lodge” and complimentary 24-hour Suite Shop and business center. The 13-
story hotel offers residential-style two-and-three bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, individual
laundry rooms, whirlpool tubs and spacious sleeping and living areas large enough for work, study,
entertaining or relaxing. Visit www.cardelhotels.com.

The 641- room Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, a recent recipient of the Pinnacle Award, has introduced
a number of new guest services and amenities to make business travel better. These services include,
power and phone jack adapters in each room making it unnecessary to carry cables and adapters for
laptop computers or digital cameras; Instant Money – which provides a US $25 pack of currency charged
to the guest’s folio with a guide on local tipping and customs; guaranteed compatible in-room printers and
faxes upon request; a complimentary 15-minute head and neck massage offered to Six Continents Club
members and club level guests; access to preferred newspapers; TV programming from most native
countries; a Jetlag Recovery Kit containing a pack of special aromatherapy products and helpful hints for
adjusting to the new time zone; a new central reservations system allowing more personalized service
and greater flexibility. Visit www.miami.intercontinental.com.

Located on Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach, Hotel Victor, a one-of-a-kind Art deco landmark,
will open in winter 2003. With lavish interior elements inspired by Paris designer Jacques Garcia,
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travelers will enjoy the property’s intimacy, stylish ambiance and personalized guest services. The hotel
offers 91 guest rooms and suites, meeting facilities including a boardroom and outdoor terrace
overlooking Ocean Drive, world-class restaurants, a lounge, fitness center, 5,000 square feet spa and
private pool overlooking the ocean. Owned and operated by Hyatt Regency Hotels, the Hotel Victor will
offer spectacular views of Ocean Drive and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit www.hyatt.com.

The Loews Miami Beach Hotel recently underwent a $3 million dollar renovation, including the creation
of a new four bedroom Super Suite. The suite includes sumptuous furnishings with a spectacular view of
the Miami skyline. An Art Deco dining room, Italian Stone master bath and exercise room overlooking the
city are just a few of the things that make the suite breathtaking. Additionally, the hotel has completed a
soft goods renovation, wherein all rooms have new carpet, drapes, bedspreads and headboards.
Hallway carpets have also been replaced. Visit www.loewshotels.com

The 329-room Mandarin Oriental, Miami has been awarded the prestigious American Automobile
Association’s (AAA) Five Diamond Award, the only hotel in Miami to earn the hospitality industry’s most
distinguished award. Azul, the hotel’s signature waterfront restaurant featuring the cuisine of star chef
Michelle Bernstein, also earned Five Diamonds becoming the first-ever restaurant in Miami attaining this
impressive distinction. Embracing its Oriental roots and bringing one of the most treasured therapies to
the western world, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami has introduced a Thai Massage Academy
where guests can explore the art of traditional Thai massage through exciting and educational classes.
Guests will learn touching, stretching and rolling techniques designed to evoke relaxation and
detoxification of the body. Students, couples, and singles are encouraged to enroll to receive certified
training by professional instructors in the ancient form of healing. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com/miami.

After a $500,000 renovation, the National Hotel debuted on Nov. 1, 2002 its new Cabana Wing with
refurbished rooms and suites that capitalize on the National’s signature pool. Each of the 32 deluxe
guest rooms and four luxurious suites opens out onto the National’s 205-foot infinity pool, South Beach’s
longest. Visit www.nationalhotel.com.

Located in downtown Miami, the Renaissance Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, has launched a $12 million
renovation led by Atlanta-based Ai Group, to position the hotel to take advantage of the renaissance of
the area as a performing arts district in Miami. The project will be completed in phases to minimize the
impact on the hotel guests. The first phase will include 370 guest rooms, guest room corridors, the front
entrance and motor lobby, the hotel lobby, the restaurant, the International and Florida Ballrooms, the
ballroom lobby and porte-cochere arrival area. Visit www.renaissancehotels.com.

Turnberry Associates opened in October 2002 the Residence Inn at the Aventura Mall, a 200-suite
hotel consisting of a variety of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The hotel includes 5,000
square feet of function space, an outdoor “sport court” for basketball and tennis and a tropical pool with a
pit barbecue where hotel guests will enjoy a complimentary dinner every Wednesday evening. Visit
www.residenceinn.com.

The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, the hotel company’s first boutique hotel, opened Sept. 20, 2002
offering breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline from many of its 115 guestrooms and
suites. Innovative services include a team of butlers, including a “Bow Wow” dog butler, shopping butler,
fitness butler, personal messaging butler, technology butler and bath butler. Vitamins are placed on
pillows at night instead of traditional chocolates; guests are provided complimentary overnight car wash.
Visit www.ritzcarlton.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne unveiled its 20,000 square-foot Spa and Wellness complex with an
entirely new botanical menu based on nutrient-rich flowers and fruits from the surrounding area.
Signature treatments include a Key Lime Coconut Body Scrub, Everglades Grass Body Wrap, Coffee
Mocha Scrub and Rum Molasses Waterfall. The new Wellness Center offers more than 30 innovative
classes and programs and is the first in Miami to offer the latest trend of Posture Alignment Therapy. Visit
www.ritzcarlton.com

Following a $25 million-plus makeover, the Roney Palace Beach Resort now takes its place among the
finest resorts in South Florida. Its guest rooms and suites are among the most spacious on Miami Beach
– ranging in size from 660 to 1,660-square-feet – and feature top-of-the-line European furnishings and
walk-in closets. Other renovations to the property include a grand Porte Cochere entrance, located
directly on Collins Avenue; a tropically landscaped Fantasy Pool; a beachfront deck with direct access to
surfside activities; and poolside food and beverage service available at the Atlantis Bar and Grill. Resort
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guests also enjoy full use of the state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot Larry North Fitness Center, one of
the country’s leading fitness centers. The indoor and outdoor workout areas boast spectacular ocean
views and host a wide array of aerobic classes, plus indoor and outdoor massage treatment facilities,
facials, and a walking/jogging club and cardio-theater. Visit www.roney-palace.com.

The Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort on South Beach recently introduced five new luxurious two-
bedroom/two-bath SoBe Suites with spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic and world-renowned
Ocean Drive. Each suite features contemporary décor and furnishings plus amenities such as a wet
bar/refreshment center, DVD player, stereo system and CD player, plush bathrobes and turndown
service. The new 130-seat art gallery restaurant, Britto, offers guests breathtaking views of the Atlantic
with indoor and outdoor dining. Designed and decorated with original artwork by renowned Brazilian
artist, Romero Britto, the restaurant offers a superb dining experience from an expansive menu of
Floribbean cuisine. Visit www.royalpalmcp.crowneplaza.com

The Sofitel Miami completed the final phase of its two-year, $15 million renovation, including all guest
rooms, public areas, meeting/function space, and the restaurant and lobby bar. This refurbishment is in
conjunction with Sofitel’s worldwide brand repositioning into the “upper upscale” hotel category, elevating
Sofitel Miami’s place within Miami’s luxury hotel sector. The new style, designed by Brad Elias, pays
homage to Sofitel’s French origins while embracing the colorful spirit of Miami. The hotel features 281
guestrooms including 25 executive suites and two presidential suites. Each room features two, two-line
phones and data port, web TV, nightly turndown service with a bottle of Evian water and a fresh tropical
flower as well as bath amenities from Roger and Gallet. A 24-hour fitness center, pool and two lighted
tennis courts on premises are available for guest use. Visit www.sofitel.com.

The Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove is the first hotel in Miami to have the new state-of-the-art
guestroom system called “Kool Connect” which provides an Electronic Concierge, Web TV, Movies, and High
Speed Internet Access. Also new at the hotel is “PressPoint” a self-contained, fully automated newspaper
vending unit, selling over 100 worldwide newspapers from 47 countries, in 28 different languages. The
cost of the papers ranges from $3.50 to-$4.75 per issue. There are only 38 “PressPoint” units installed in
the United States. Visit www.sonesta.com.

The Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne has completed a $14 million renovation program that
included a redesigned entrance and lobby, refurbished meeting space, redesigned pool deck, and high
speed internet access in all guest rooms and meeting facilities. The 300-room deluxe, oceanfront
property is tucked away on the secluded, tropical island of Key Biscayne. Visit www.sonesta.com.

Opening April 4, 2003, the 32-story, 390-room Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort is a $110
million project located on a pristine Atlantic beachfront in Sunny Isles Beach, just north of Miami Beach.
Guest accommodations, all of which offer views of the Atlantic oceanfront or Intracoastal Waterway,
feature elegant, contemporary décor in natural earth tones. Most guestrooms and suites range in size
from 550 to 1,773 square feet and offer wet bar, microwave oven, mini-bar/refrigerator, high speed
internet access, cable/web TV, CD player/radio, 2-line phones, in-room safe, bathrobes, and more. The
32-story resort also features a two-story waterfall in the lobby; free-form oceanfront pool; watersports
program, 2 restaurants; 2 lounges; European Spa and Fitness Center; Retail Arcade; Business Center;
22,000 sq. ft. of meeting space for groups up to 350, including an oceanfront ballroom; Game Room; Just
Us Kids program; and shuttle service to world class shopping in Bal Harbour and Aventura, as well as
local attractions. Visit www.sonesta.com.

The Traymore Hotel in South Beach underwent a significant refurbishment, including a new area offering
a daily continental buffet breakfast complimentary for all guests. The public areas, outdoor pool, have
been enhanced. Visit www.traymorehotel.com.

SHOPPING/SPA SPECIALS

Aventura Mall will be undergoing some exciting new renovations in 2003 totaling more than $3 million
and focusing primarily on the original sector of the mall which includes upgrades to mall common areas,
entrances, a new escalator in the piazza entrance and new tables and chairs in the food court. Stores
"Coming Soon" in 2003 are Diesel, Evita Peroni, Movado, Color Me Mine, Also, Lladro, Marmi, and Sepia.
Free transportation is available for groups of 20 or more from any hotel in Miami. In addition to more than
200 shops and prestigious department stores, Aventura Mall is branching out to include a Farmer's
Market on Saturdays and Sundays, prominently located in the plaza surrounding its central courtyard
fountain. Produced by The Market Company of Miami Beach, the Aventura Mall Farmer's Market will
feature colorful orchids and cut flowers, tropical plants and trees, bonsai, fresh herbs, bread and baked
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goods, tropical fruit juices and smoothies, candies, Miami Beach Delicious jams and preserves, sauces
and marinades, quality crafts, incense and potpourri. Visit www.shopaventuramall.com.

Brownes Beauty Lounge, a luxurious new day spa located on the second floor of Lincoln Road’s
popular beauty emporium, opened December 2002 in South Beach. A magnet for models, celebrities
such as Jennifer Lopez, Michael Caine and Tyra Banks, locals and tourists, the Beauty Lounge adds a
full slate of totally natural body treatments, facials and massages to the Brownes menu of top
international beauty and grooming products and signature salon services. Owners Belfast-born beauty
veteran Nikki Mallon and artist Gary Feinberg oversaw the two year, half-million-dollar expansion. Each
treatment room reflects exotic destinations such as Tahiti, Shanghai and Mykonos, which pair perfectly
with treatments such as Sumatra coconut body polish and Costa Rican river mud treatments. The 7,000
square foot space also encompasses the always popular Some Like it Hot Salon. A yoga and pilates
studio will open in early 2003. Visit www.brownesbeauty.com.
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Dadeland Mall, located at 7353 N. Kendall Drive, has fashioned a brand-new look for itself on its 40
birthday. The recent $30 million renovation has enhanced every inch of the 1.4 million-square-foot mall –
from exterior facade and entrances, to the interior, food court, main entrance and kid’s play area –
boosting the visual appeal, comfort and convenience. The renovation project has drawn new retailers to
join the mall’s assortment of shops. This year’s lineup includes popular brand name stores such as
Movado and Oakley as well as locally based Coco Paris and Italian restaurateur, Puccini and Pasta. Gap
Dadeland is the first in the country to carry the Gap Maternity line. Shoppers can soon look for a fully-
operational mail center near Saks Fifth Avenue as well as Pronto Wash car wash service available to all
customers no matter where they park. Visit www.dadeland-mall.fl.com

World-renowned Elemis Day-spa opened its first, freestanding day-spa in the U.S. at The new Village of
Merrick Park in Coral Gables. This $1.4 million London import features ten exotic treatment rooms in 7,000
square-feet of unparalleled luxury.   Elemis features a full-service hair and nail salon and an exclusive,
supervised “kids’ spa club” so the youngsters can play while mom and dad enjoy a treatment. Elemis
treatments and in-home lifestyle products are proprietary to the world-class brand and feature healing
touches discovered from exotic cultures around the world. Every Elemis spa-therapy is a journey toward
self-discovery through the six senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and perception. Elemis’ celebrity
fans include: Madonna, Simon Cowell (from “American Idol” fame), Gwyneth Paltrow, and Brendan Fraiser,
among others. Visit www.elemis.com/USA.

The Dolphin Mall, near Maimi International Airport, will opened Sam Ash Music in February 2003 and will
open Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center in May 2003. Visit www.shopdolphinmall.com.

COOL CUISINE AND NIGHT LIFE

The Bamboo Club, Aventura mall’s new Pacific Rim dining experience, opened January 2003. The
restaurant rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 1 with a lion dance,
live jazz entertainment and other traditional activities. The Bamboo Club serves up a sultry,
contemporary Asian atmosphere, combining with a hip and trendy new-age vibe featuring an exhibition
kitchen with several wok stations, providing continuous displays of meal preparation and exciting flame
cooking. Signature fare includes Spicy Crackling Calamari Salad, featuring fresh calamari woked with
vegetables and a Thai-Chili BBQ sauce; Soothing Lettuce Wraps with Shrimp & Chicken; Beijing Duck
with Asian Pancakes; and Mandarin Orange Chicken. In addition to a most palatable selection of
appetizers, entrees and desserts, The Bamboo Club features a wide selection of exotic beers, a diverse
collection of 101 domestic and imported wines, as well as extraordinary tropical libations. Visit
www.bambooclub.com.

The Sonesta Hotel & Suites recently opened Bolero in Coconut Grove, sister to the popular South
Beach restaurant. Located on the eighth floor with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Dinner Key Marina
and the Miami skyline, Bolero in the Grove is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features an
impressive wine list with house “tapas”, full entrees such as Spiny Lobster Paella, Pan-Seared Florida
Snapper in Tomato-Avocado Salsa and Sweet Plantain Mash. Bolero’s signature drink, the classic
Mojito, is a long-standing favorite. In keeping with its musical tradition, Bolero in the Grove offers a
variety of provocative sounds to complement the dining experience. Visit www.sonesta.com.

Nestled in downtown Coral Gables, Cacao 1737 opened in early September 2002. Acclaimed
Venezuelan chef/co-owner Edgar Leal serves a changing menu inspired by the regional specialties of
Latin America. High-end Venezuelan chocolate producer, Chocolates El Rey C.A. and Venezuelan
winery, Bodegas Pomar C.A. also co-own. The eclectic menu includes interesting appetizers such as
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vinegar-marinated duck, sautéed and served cold with a melange of sautéed vegetables. Featured
mainplates include one of Leal’s favorite Venezuelan dishes, gouda cheese stuffed with diced pork. For
dessert, Chocolates El Rey’s white chocolate, Icoa is the central ingredient in pearls and rubies, a white
chocolate dome filled with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry mousse. The 4,200 square foot restaurant
seats 70 and houses a boutique chocolaterie next door, opening early 2003, which will feature pastries,
truffles and other delights made onsite exclusively with Chocolates El Rey. For more information, please
call (305) 445-1001.

Two new restaurants on Espanola Way in South Beach’s new Plaza de España, Chill and Vela, will
feature outdoor cafes that complement a range of exceptional restaurants -- Jerry's Deli, Tantra, Hosteria
Romana, A La Folie, Café Nuvo, Grillfish, Oh! Mexico, Moonlite Café, and Coffee & Crepes. Both
restaurants are located at Española Avenue and Drexel Avenue south of 15th Street Plaza. For more
information, please call Laura Jamieson at (305) 534-0514.

The intriguing culinary adventures found in the infamous China Grill Restaurant has now expanded with
the new intimate and seductive Dragon Room, a private area within the restaurant which seats up to 40
guests. Traditional in its foundations with China Grill influences, the new Dragon Room specializes in
sushi created by Japanese masters showcasing local ingredients with innovative flavor combinations and
artful presentations. A giant, one-of-a-kind Dragon with beaming eyes and belly, hangs in the middle of
the room with one large communal table seating up to 14 people directly below. Hammered iridescent
stained copper tabletops are spread throughout the room along with Murano glass fixtures, china and
glassware. For more information, please call (305) 534-2211.

Patrons of South Beach style, fine sushi and light Asian cuisine will appreciate Electric Blue, the newest
dining option at the Roney Palace Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Tucked beneath the grand lobby
staircase leading to the pool deck, Electric Blue will feature alluring lighting and a warm ambiance along
with the full assortment of sushi, sashimi, hand rolls and select cold Asian cuisine, including salads and
appetizers, as well as cold and hot Saki, Asian and plum wines, and Asian beers. Master Chef Yan W.
Lau, born and raised in Hong Kong, will create his signature Dancing Eel and Kani su crab-avocado-
cucumber rolls. Visit www.roney-palace.com.

Mediterranean meets Miami with the recent opening of Elia in Bal Harbour Shops in February 2003. Elia,
designed by architects responsible for the Century Hotel on Miami Beach, offers a comfortable, upscale
environment with simple, yet elegant fare. Appealing to both health-minded diners seeking a light bite or
those in the mood for a sumptuous Mediterranean feast, Elia serves reasonably priced creations of
executive chef Rebecca Purro. Owned by seasoned Greek restaurateur Athanasios Barlos, Elia offers
Purro’s signature earthy cuisine, a mix of classic eastern Mediterranean and North African accents. The
eclectic menu encompasses many delicious delicacies from appetizer to dessert. For more information,
call (305) 573-0658.

Frenchman Herve Rousseau opens his third location of Flute Champagne Bar at 500 South Pointe Drive
in Miami Beach. Flute, co-owned by Rousseau and General Manager James Karpook, celebrated its
Miami Beach opening on Valentine’s Day. Delicacies like Beluga caviar from the famed Petrossian Paris
and French chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat can be enjoyed, as well as an appetizer menu, or
cuisine de bar, featuring six signature spring rolls and many other goodies. Flute houses over 150
marquees of Champagne, more than 20 by the glass, and specializes in boutique Champagnes and
exceptional vintages. Visit www.flutebar.com

Il Giramondo in Coral Gables has reopened its doors with Chef Marcello Mastria. The Northwest
Mediterranean Italian menu, which has a wide selection of dishes from appetizers to risotto to meats and
deserts, offers both “executive” lunch and a-la-carte menus. Both feature items such as “Carpaccio di
Blue”, thinly sliced filet mignon topped with Parmesan cheese, Arugula and Extra Virgin Olive Oil;
“Bistecca alla Gorgonzola”, sirloin steak with Gorgonzola cheese in Cognac and a cream sauce and
“Linguine all’Astice”, linguine with lobster, tomato, garlic and white wine sauce. A wine list also
accompanies the menu. For more information, call (305) 446-4545.

The first U.S. outpost of this Madrid-based Michelin two-star restaurant, La Broche opened in Miami in
August 2002. Chef Angel Palacios trained at the Madrid restaurant and at El Bulli, where he perfected
the art of pairing contrasting flavors, textures and temperatures to create culinary magic. Located in the
heart of Miami’s business community on Brickell Bay Drive, the restaurant’s sumptuous cuisine, tiny
tapas, all white minimalist décor and unsurpassable European service make dining at La Broche a
memorable experience. Visit www.labroche.us.com.
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La Palme d’Or Restaurant, the Biltmore’s award-winning restaurant, recently began décor and
entertainment upgrades, and introduced new menu items including signature specialties from chef de
cuisine, Philippe Ruiz. Upgrades scheduled for completion in summer 2003. Visit www.biltmorehotel.com.

Situated in the heart of new The Village at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, MUNDO, a new world café and
market is scheduled to open in May 2003. Architect Michael Guthrie designed the café, which will feature a
take-out market, full wine bar, full sushi/ceviche bar and a beautiful interior dining room as well as a gorgeous
patio. MUNDO will have a “dream kitchen” thanks to ohe of the most innovative kitchen designers in
America, Mark Stech-Novak, who has designed restaurants for operators such as Alain Ducasse, Le
Cirque and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. For more information, call (305) 529-0200.

At the onset of the New Year Novecento Restaurant opened in South Beach, featuring a coexistence of
Argentine, Mediterranean and Pan Latin cuisines heightened by French techniques. For information call
(305) 531-0900.

Scheduled to open late March 2003 along with the chic 88-room Clinton Hotel, Pao will feature upscale
classic Chinese food in a stylish, modernist setting. Cb5, the acclaimed team behind scores of successful
hotel restaurants throughout the U.S. including the Los Angeles W’s Mojo and Chicago Crowne Plaza’s
Marma, developed and managed the opening. The restaurant sports a breezy, modern design by Kitchen
Table Partners, which includes a glass-enclosed dining room and a chic lobby bar inside the hotel, as well
as poolside cabana-banquettes where guests can dine under the stars. Executive chef Kiki Anchana
Praropkul, of Miami Beach’s Chow and China Grill, is designing a menu featuring beloved Chinese dishes
as well as numerous chef specialties. Pao is located in and poolside at the new Clinton Hotel. Visit
www.clintonsouthbeach.com.

Prime Grill, a sizzling hot midtown Manhattan restaurant that just happens to be glatt kosher, opened a
South Florida branch in Aventura in February 2003. South Florida’s first upscale kosher dining
destination, the restaurant is expected to be a magnet for observant – and non-observant foodies alike.
Featuring sleek, sophisticated décor, the 12,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant seats 375. Executive
chef David Kolotkin, formerly of Windows on the World features juicy cuts of glatt kosher New York rib
steaks, T-bones and Delmonico cuts along with Chilean sea bass, herb-crusted lamb roast and Long
Island roast duck, among other specialties. Ultra fresh sushi, sashimi and imaginative rolls, made to
order salads and heavenly desserts round out the menu. Visit www.theprimegrill.com.

Set to open in April 2003, Talula Restaurant & Bar is the evolution of award-winning chefs Andrea
Curto-Randazzo and Frank Randazzo. Located in South Beach, Talula will feature Contemporary
American Cuisine in a comfortable urban environment with indoor and al fresco dining. For more
information, please call Dindy Yokel at (305) 672-4709.

Sunny Isles, once South Florida’s sleepy haven for retirees and snowbirds, is going through a real estate
boom, with notables such as Donald Trump developing hundreds of million-dollar oceanfront condo units
along Collins Avenue. This developing community will celebrate its first noteworthy restaurant when
acclaimed chef Tim Andriola and partner Rodrigo Martinez open the doors of their intimate, 103-seat
restaurant, Timō, in late March 2003. Italian for thyme, Timō represents their dream project: an elegant
yet comfortable restaurant where locals and tourists can sample fabulous Italian-Mediterranean fare in an
environment both warm and welcoming – perfect for an upscale community in the making. For more
information, call (305) 936-1008.

The Wave Hotel recently added an in-house restaurant, Wave Cafe. Executive Chef, Michael Fleming
offers an array of appetizers meant for guests to enjoy a light bite. Wave Cafe offers on and off premise
catering, lunch from 12 pm – 2 pm and boxed lunches starting at $12. Dinner is served daily at 6:30 pm
with extended hours on the weekends. Visit www.wavehotel.com


ATTRACTION ACTION

Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Golf Course will welcome a new 20,576-square-foot clubhouse, which will
soon house many of the same amenities one would find in a private club, including a restaurant with
indoor/outdoor dining; a cocktail lounge; locker rooms with showers, restrooms, staff office space, a
meeting room and a full-service pro shop. The $5.7 million project is slated for completion in 2004. The
new clubhouse will be a welcomed addition to the championship 18-hole Crandon Park Golf Course,
which hosts such world-class golf tournaments as the Royal Caribbean Caribbean Golf Classic. Visit
www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/parks/golf.htm.
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Miami Beach Golf Club, formerly Bayshore Golf Course, recently underwent a massive $6.5 million
renovation headed up by the architectural firm of Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates and reopened
with much fanfare in 2003. Closed for 14 months, no portion of the 6,800 yard golf course was left
untouched, including new tees, greens, recontoured fairways, cart paths, bunker construction, a new
irrigation system, landscaping and lakes. The 18-hole, Par 72 course is laid out upon a carpet-like grass
called Paspalum, which thrives on brackish water, an environmentally friendly feature. The club’s
amenities will be housed in a temporary facility until a new clubhouse is completed next year. Total
improvements to the course and clubhouse will be valued at an estimated $10 million. Visit
www.miamibeachgolfclub.com.

Miami Metrozoo will open in may 2003 the American Bankers Family Aviary, Wings of Asia exhibit, which
will offer 300 rare and endangered Asian birds in free-flight, an indoor, interactive Field Research Camp
linking today's birds to dinosaurs, fossil excavation pit, waterfalls, underwater viewing, and visitor center.
New animal exhibits at the zoo, which is undergoing major expansion, include the okapi, giant eland and
emperor tamarin. Visit www.miamimetrozoo.com.

One of South Florida’s most popular attractions, Parrot Jungle, will soon re-open at its new location on
Watson Island in July 2003 and will be called Parrot Jungle Island. The new $47 million theme park,
conveniently located in the heart of Miami between Downtown and South Beach, will occupy 18.6 acres
on the north side of the causeway, plus a one-acre parcel of land to hold the new Japanese Garden.
With more than 110 species of animals such as crocodiles, flamingos and orangutans and thousands of
varieties of parrots, Parrot Jungle Island will soon become a contemporary destination for adults and
children alike. The centerpiece of Parrot Jungle Island will be a theme park offering lavish tropical
gardens, a Petting Farm allowing personal interaction with exotic animals and a variety of fun-filled shows
and educational exhibits, like the Parrot Bowl, the Serpentarium, the Jungle Theater, an Everglades
Habitat, the Tropical Basics and the Rare Plant Nursery. The park’s Treetop Ballroom and meeting
facilities, already open, will overlook the Port of Miami with its magnificent cruise ships, and the
breathtaking city skyline. Other amenities will include the Lakeside Café, the Garden Outpost with picnic
and birthday pavilions and a private beach that will serve as the gathering place for locals and tourists.
Visit www.parrotjungle.com.


PRIME PROMOS

The Greater Miami Conventions and Visitors Bureau has launched a new website,
www.miamiboutiquehotels.com featuring nearly 100 boutique hotels in Greater Miami and the beaches,
from ultra trendy, stylish South Beach properties to historic B & Bs in South Miami-Dade.

Miami’s summer festival season is approaching! Visit www.FestivalSeason.com for value deals and great
events. Miami’s summer festival season is from May – September.


CULTURAL CORNER

Deering Estate At Cutler – In addition to the Deering Estate Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour held on Thursdays
and Sundays, as well as full moon eco adventure canoe trips, upcoming events at the Deering Estate for
2003 include a Valentine’s concert February 14, Mother’s Day Brunch on May 11, a Haitian Concert on
May 31, Father’s Day Brunch on June 15, Jazz Harvest on October 4. Visit www.deeringestate.com.

The Fairchild Tropical Garden has a new $4.1 million dollar Jean duPont Shehan Visitor Center. The
13,000 square-foot building serves as the new main entrance with a first-floor Garden shop and
information center and second floor Fairchild Ballroom available for public use as rentals for weddings,
parties and special events. Visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida recently welcomed a new exhibit, “Florida Remembers
World War II”, running through June 1. It documents the state’s response to WWII, including patriotic
activities and the establishment of military training bases throughout the state. For more information, call
(305) 375-1492 or visit www.historical-museum.org.

Scheduled to open in September of 2003, the Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the
lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.
Visitors of all ages are invited to play together, learn, imagine and create. Located on Watson Island, the
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expanded $25 million-dollar, 56,500-square-foot facility includes 10 galleries, classrooms,
parent/teacher resource center, educational gift shop, 200-seat auditorium and dining area. The museum
offers interactive exhibits, programs and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and
communication. Visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Urban Tour Host presents the launch of Miami’s Cultural Community Tours, a new organization
that engages visitors with the unique treasures of South Florida’s cultural neighborhoods. It also provides
visitors with the ability to have each tour customized to their specifications. The company serves
corporate, academic and government sectors as well as the general public. For more information contact
David Brown at 305-663-4455 or visit www.miamiculturaltours.com.

Miami Museum Of Science & Space Transit Planetarium recently welcomed the exhibit “T-Rex on
Trial” which runs through May 4. “Robot Zoo,” a high-tech way to investigate biology through a look at the
biomechanics of three complex animals runs May 17 through September 7. The fall brings ”Space Toy,”
a hands on exhibit about human imagination and space over the past century. www.miamisci.org.

The Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami, designed by Cesar Pelli of Cesar Pelli & Associates is
currently under construction with an expected completion date of fall 2004. Located in the heart of
downtown Miami, this 570,000 Sq, ft. capital project will include the 2,200-seat Carnival Symphony Hall,
the 2,480-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, Studio Theatre capable of seating up to 200
guests, the Plaza of the Arts, educational and ancillary support spaces and a café located at the base of
the former Sears building tower. The Center will be home to five resident companies: Concert
Association of Florida, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami City Ballet and New
World Symphony. For more information, call (305) 372- 7611.

The Plaza de Espana, an expanded arts and entertainment venue on South Beach’s Espanola Way
underwent a $900,000 project that includes restoring the 1925 paved plaza adding 12 towering palms,
lush landscaping, vintage style lighting, and new underground water and drainage. The plaza includes
new shopping and dining venues along with quaint new residential options.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens will complete a $1.2 million restoration project at Vizcaya Village, part of
the original estate and reminiscent of a northern Italian village,in mid 2003. The Garage and Blacksmith’s
Shop will be renovated, including new roofing. New roofs will be added to Family Residences and Gate
Houses. Visit www.vizcayamuseum.com.

The Waterfront Theater, located within AmericanAirlines Arena, made its debut in November 2002 with
the successful launch of Miami Fight Night, the new boxing series of Thursday night fights. The intimate
theater-styled setting is versatile enough to hold 2,000 to 6,000 guests and the new venue set-up comes
complete with theatrical lighting, state-of-art video capabilities, a ceiling-to-floor acoustic curtain, carpeted
aisles, and many other amenities to be displayed for theatrical/stage performances, special events and
general sessions on a proscenium stage. Visit www.aaarena.com.


FlLM FLASHES

2002: A Booming Year for Miami-Dade’s Film & Entertainment Industry…
Last year, Miami-Dade County’s film and entertainment industry experienced one its best years of
location production! Fueled by blockbuster films such as Columbia Pictures’ “Bad Boys II,” starring Will
Smith, Universal Pictures’ “Fast and Furious 2,” starring Paul Walker and MGM’s “Out of Time,” starring
Denzel Washington and CBS’ “CSI: Miami” starring David Caruso, film, television, commercial and still
photography shoots contributed over $212 million to the local economy in 2002. The production boom
exceeded 2001’s totals by over 36% up from $155 million. Currently in production is Stuck on You, a
Twentieth Century Fox comedy written and directed by the Farrelly Brothers. Starring Matt Damon, Greg
Kinnear, Luke Wilson, Cher, and cameos by Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.


TRANSPORTATION TIDBITS

The world’s only totally smoke-free cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Paradise, has been operating a
new year-round western and eastern Caribbean cruise program from Miami since February 2003 that
features an exceptional array of ports including Isla Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Casa de
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Campo, Dominican Republic. The Paradise sails every Sunday on seven-day cruises alternating
between the western and eastern Caribbean. Visit www.carnival.com.

The Electrowave Museum Tour allows you to visit Miami Beach’s top attractions with one discount
ticket! For $10 the Electrowave Museum Tour ticket, valid for 5 days, gives you admittance to the Miami
Beach Botanical Garden, the Holocaust Memorial, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor
Center, the ArtCenter/South Florida, the Bass Museum of Art, The Wolfsonian FIU, the Art Deco Museum
and the Jewish Museum of Florida. Visit www.wolfsonian.fiu.edu

Gateway Bus Tours of Florida offers tours of Downtown and Miami Beach sites with spectacular views
from Gateway’s Double Decker bus. Combination tours are available and valid for 2 days for as low as
$20 for children and $30 for adults. Regular tour tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Visit
www.gatewayoutdoor.com.

The Miami Beach Visitor Center Tours du Jour – Explore Miami Beach by land, sea, or air. Tours du
Jour offers sightseeing tours throughout Miami Beach; destination tours to key West, Orlando, Bimini
Island and Palm Beach; eco tours including kayaking through mangroves and exploring the Everglades;
attraction tours to Miami’s divergent attractions and special event tours offered at different times of the
year. Visit www.miamibeachchamber.com.

The Port of Miami welcomes, in May, the Norwegian Dawn which will have weekly sailings from New
York with a Florida and Caribbean itinerary. The ship will visit Miami mid-week and will be Miami's first
port-of-call vessel. The Port of Miami broke a new record on March 8, 2003 with the berthing of eight
cruise vessels, embarking approximately 18,880 passengers in one day. Over the next year, the Port of
Miami is positioned to stay a leader in the maritime industry as it upgrades and enhances its
infrastructure. Visitors to the Port in the near future will see new parking garages, heightened levels of
security at the entrance gate and improved roadways that separate cruise passenger traffic from cargo
trucks. Visit www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/portofmiami/

The Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority (TRI-RAIL), providing commuter rail service throughout South
Florida’s Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, is moving full-speed ahead with the Double
Track Corridor Improvement Program. The Program estimated to cost over $536 million dollars, calls for
reconstruction along 72 miles of the South Florida Rail Corridor and installation of a second mainline track
parallel to the existing track. With approximately 27 miles of track already completed, every step toward
completing the remaining 45 miles of track allows for more transportation benefits to become available to
South Florida residents and tourists, alike. Passengers are already experiencing enhanced comfort at
renovated stations, as well as the benefits of enhancements to highway/rail grade crossings, signal safety
improvements and track upgrades resulting in a smoother ride. Residents and tourists can look forward
to enhanced on-time performance and greater frequency of trains and scheduling flexibility, as Tri-Rail
moves from one-hour headways (time between trains) to 30-minute and eventually 20-minute headways
with the completion of the Program. The possibility of service expansion farther west into Miami-Dade
County is also being explored as a result of the Program.” Visit www.tri-rail.com.


   The GMCVB is a non-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract
visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. To contact the
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) by mail, write to Visitor Services, 701
Brickell Ave., Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131 or visit the web http://www.miamiandbeaches.com
(brochures may be ordered via the web). To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305/539-3000.
International and domestic visitors wanting brochures or to talk to a destination specialist may
also call 305-447-7777 or toll free 888-76-MIAMI (U.S./Canada only).


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