Travel and Tourism Sector

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Is Social Media a Safe Space for Whoremongers?

    The sex tourism industry is about a century old, but when the Internet first became publicly available, sites like World Sex Guide allowed perpetual whoremongers to form communities online. Founded in 1994, WSG today has more than 30,000 pictures of prostitutes posted by men who talk to each other o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Aboard the Bimini SuperFast Evening Cruise

    South Florida is no stranger to casino cruises and party boats. They leave from Port Everglades and Bayside Marketplace, taking people to the open waters to party. In the case of casino cruises, boats actually head out three miles out to international waters, where U.S. law no longer applies. But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Florida Tourism Numbers Set Record

    Despite its never-ending supply of bad PR in the national press, Florida's tourism business is booming. The state's tourism officials claim that 23.4 million people visited the Sunshine State in the second quarter of 2013. That's the largest amount of people to visit Florida during the second quarte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2013

    Dream South Beach Owner, Vikram Chatwal, Arrested For Drug Possession

    Hotelier Vikram Chatwal was arrested and charged with eight counts of possession of various substances, including cocaine and marijuana, earlier this week at a checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Chatwal was flagged by behavior detection officers and was searched on April ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Asia de Cuba Closes at Mondrian, Planning Another Miami Locale

    In Miami, restaurants come and go quicker than the hopes of Marlins fans. Recently, the Mondrian Hotel's Asia de Cuba shut its doors after buying out of a partnership with Morgans Hotel Group. The London and Los Angeles branches of the swanky Latin/Asian chain remain open, but Miami's outpost is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Raleigh Hotel Sold for $55 Million, Huge Expansion Planned

    South Beach's famous Raleigh Hotel has been sold for $55 million, and the new owners are already quite familiar with the area's hospitality industry. They own some of the Raleigh's rivals. Sam Nazarian, who just opened the SLS Hotel on the same block, and David Edelstein, owner of the W South Beach, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Submit Your Photos of Miami! Upcoming b2 Hotel Downtown Launches Contest

    Back in June, Short Order told you about the new progressive B Hotel brand's plans to open two new hotels in Miami in 2013. The first will carry the b2 moniker, offering what B Hotel calls "value full-service" access to amenities, but at a more affordable price. In an attempt to draw from the commun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Carnival Cruises Apologizes, Reverses Drag Ban on Drag Queen Cruise

    Facing a growing backlash after telling passengers who were set to sail on a themed cruise featuring cast members from RuPaul's Drag Race that they themselves could not wear drag, Carnival Cruise Lines has now relented and dropped the drag ban.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Delano Hotels Opening in Moscow and Las Vegas

    One day, all the big cities and luxury destinations of the world will have all the same hotels, outposts of the same five-star restaurants, and versions of the same clubs and boutiques. In fact, they practically do now. It's like a McDonald's and Starbucks for the high-end jet set.The Delano, now ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Delano Hotel Reportedly For Sale

    Recently, Morgans Hotel Group finished a $10.8 million renovation of South Beach's Delano hotel and announced that it would be expanding the brand by opening a sister hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco. So reports that the company is putting the original Delano on the market are somewhat surprising.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Hugo Chavez Plans His Own Disney World: A Libertador Theme Park

    Do you love Disney World, but wish Mickey and Minnie were a little heavier on the socialism? Why can't Space Mountain also educate kids about the glories of Simon Bolivar's revolution? Don't worry: Hugo Chavez is on the case.The Venezuelan president announced plans this week to turn the site of a ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Geoffrey Zakarian To Create Restaurants Onboard NCL's Breakaway

    Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Tudor House was named Best Hotel Restaurant in New Times' 2012 Best of Miami. Read our interview with Geoffrey Zakarian.When Geoffrey Zakarian announced the closing of Tudor House, he left us with a hint that new projects were on the horizon...and out to sea.Miami-based Norw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    B Hotel Releases Renderings, Details on Upcoming Downtown Miami, South Beach Locations

    No, that is not a misspelling in the headline. The folks over at B Hotels and Resorts have a goal -- for the letter "B" to be as familiar in front of the word hotel as the letter "W."The company's two Broward locations opened just 18 months ago in Sunrise and on A1A, but they've already become a fav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Local Activists Host "Carnaval to Unmask Carnival" Cruise Lines (Updated)

    ​South Florida activist group 1Miami is hosting a gathering this weekend in Hialeah and Little Haiti to bring Carnival Cruise Lines to the public's attention. They say Carnival is figuratively "sinking Miami." While most associate the cruise line with family memories, bad sunburns, and tanning oil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    South Beach is Now America's Top Spring Break Destination

    ​Ugh, get ready for the arrival of a bunch of drunk, unruly college students (and not the FIU and UM variety we're already used to dealing with) in a few weeks, because according to a top travel agency, South Beach has now become the third most popular Spring Break location for college students. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Mickey Mouse vs. Micky Arison: Disney Bringing Cruises to Port of Miami

    ​Micky Arison's Carnival Cruise Lines has another Mickey with a cruise empire about to encroach on its turf. Mickey Mouse that is. Disney Cruise Line has announced that beginning later this year, it will be sail ships out of the Port of Miami for the first time.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Ships Ahoy! Celebrity Cruises Culinary Boat Rides to Set Sail

    The Millennium's Grand Buffet​Foodies, rejoice! Miami-based Celebrity Cruises is rolling out a series of culinary-inspired boat rides set to begin in March.Celebrity Cruises' lifestyle cookbook, Excite the Senses, was the inspiration for the new food-and-wine-themed luxury cruise series aptly name ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Guy Fieri Partners with Carnival Cruise Lines For Burger Joint

    ​Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it will partner with Food Network host and author Guy Fieri to bring Fieri's concept of a roadside burger joint to life.Guy's Burger Joint will feature Fieri's creations, as well as a variety of sauces ranging from chipotle mayonnaise and a special barbecue sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Raleigh Hotel to Undergo $20-Million Makeover

    ​The Raleigh Hotel already has an air of unfussy chic that's unique in South Beach, but in this town everyone needs an occasional nip and tuck to stay looking good. Signaling yet another financial move to indicate tourism is back in business after a recession-blamed bump, the hotel has secured a $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Free Cookies at Cocowalk: Check out the DoubleTree Cookie CAREavan

    Courtesy DoubleTree by Hilton​Move over Ben & Jerry's: there's a new dessert truck tour in town (if only for a day).The Hilton's DoubleTree Hotel is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its signature chocolate chip cookie by going on the road with the DoubleTree by Hilton Cookie CAREavan.  ... More >>

  • News

    May 19, 2011
  • Calendar

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Jesse Marco and Random Mondays at Mokai, January 17

    DJ-producer Jesse Marco.​Jesse Marco Ransom Mondays Monday, January 17, 2011 Mokai Better than: Another trip to the airport. Ransom Mondays at Mokai are supposed to be "industry" parties. That refers to the hospitality industry: bartenders, concierges, waiters, etc. It would seem, though, that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Travel Deal: Fly to NYC and Freeze Your Ass Off for Only $79

    ​Tourism officials in both New York City and Miami announced today a joint promotion to encourage travel between the two cities. In conjunction with American Airlines, flights during certain dates this winter will cost only $79 each way. That's a decent, if not exactly unbelievable deal, but we ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Man Dies After Eating Cruise Ship Food

    ​In today's surprisingly light roundup of horrible things and various crimes that happened over the weekend in our fair metropolis: The Epic cruise ship is forced back to the Port of Miami after a man dies after eating food, a greyhound bus is attacked by a gunman, and the city's bond status ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Fontainebleau Miami Hasn't Made a Loan Payment Since September, Looking to Restructure Debt

    ​The owners of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach borrowed about $620 million to complete its recent $1 billion makeover, but according to Business Week, they haven't made payments on any of the loans since September. Now BW says they're offering a restructuring plan to lenders. Yes, yet another Miami ... More >>

  • News

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Panty Problem: Howard Stern Sidekick Sues Miami Beach Holiday Inn

    via Elegant Elliot Offen.Elegant Elliot Howard Stern sidekick and self-described "topnotch, prime-time, center-stage celebrity" Elegant Elliot Offen runs 14 miles a day in ladies' lingerie. In New York, he swears, people on the street cheer and salivate over his bodacious curves. "You won't see a se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Silicon Beach: Tripatini Connects Travelers

    Tripatini is international in scope but was founded here in the 305.​Tripatini, founded last year in March by Miamians Jose Balido and Dave Appell, is a unique social networking site for travelers. The website launched in late August and was dubbed "Facebook for travelers" by the New York Post. Si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Morgans Hotel Group Food and Beverage Revenue Drops Over 25% - South Beach Is Hurting Too

    via wikimedia commonsMarket Crash​It used to be that people rented a hotel room, ate dinner, got drunk and screwed. Now that people have gone back to doing that at home, it's the hotels that are getting screwed.Morgans Hotel Group Co. owns or has an ownership interest in properties around the worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Cruise Ship Singer Laurie Miller From Expose Gets Free Plastic Surgery

    Back in May Crossfade told you about Laurie Miller, original member of the superstar girl group Expose, who brought the world hits like "Point Of No Return."We also found her website which details her current life as a performer and talks about her experience in the cruise ship industry. If you ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008
  • News

    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007

    Get Shower-Fresh at Staples

    The thought of sudsing up next to the guy lurking behind the paper stacks may make one a bit squeamish. But at least the dude scanning your ballpoint pens will smell fresh as a daisy. As part of a pitch to become Miami’s first retail building stamped with a U.S. Green Building Council seal, plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007

    Look Who's Third World Now

    Someone else is throwing around the "third world" moniker in relation to Miami - and this time, it's a businessman who has extensive dealings with the city. According to Miami Today, Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Bob Dickinson said Miami's port facilities are "third world" and that construction of t ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2006

    The Boat to Perdition

    Will 2006 prove friendlier for the casino cruise business?

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005
  • News

    February 27, 2003

    A Cabbie's Crusade

    Javier Peña is a maverick cabbie on a mission to turn the notorious Miami taxi industry into a respectable profession. So far he's been threatened, shot at, fined, and fired. In other words, he's making progress.

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the issue of February 10, 2000

  • News

    February 3, 2000


    The Real Micky Arison

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    The Deep Blue Greed

    The Arison clan built Carnival into a money machine by cleverly avoiding tax laws

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Miami: See It Like a Pampered, Sheltered, Spoiled-Rotten Tour Operator from Munich

    Highlights from Pow Wow, a multimillion-dollar exercise in insulated extravagance

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    There Oughta Be a Law!

    Micky Arison and other cruise industry bigwigs are pushing Congress to ship potential lawsuits overseas

  • News

    May 11, 1994

    Miami Makeover

    Tropical paradise or violent hellhole? If you ask the wizards selected to design the city's publicity campaign, the answer is as clear as a bright summer day.

  • News

    July 7, 1993

    The Man with the Biodegradable Balls

    Patrick Kane has a fish-friendly formula for people who hanker to swat golf balls into the deep blue sea

  • News

    June 17, 1992

    The Ships Hit the Fan

    Corri Barrs says there's something you should know about the garbage that's washing up on the shores of Matheson Hammock

  • News

    December 18, 1991
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