Business Travel Guide

The best hotels, restaurants and activities for Miami business travelers.

For most of Miami's relatively short life since it incorporated as a city in 1896 (roughly 275 years after New York), its main claim to fame has been as a paradisaical vacation/second home hot spot. But surprisingly, Miami's founder, Julia Tuttle (a transplanted "snowbird" from Cleveland) didn't envision tourism as the new city's mainstay. Her 19th-century prediction: "Someday Miami will become the great center of South American trade."

It has taken awhile, but today's business travelers know that Tuttle was right on. While tourism remains an important industry (drawing nearly 16 million visitors annually), Miami has also developed into a major force in entertainment, finance, commerce, and international trade. Today's "Magic City" is headquarters of Latin American operations for more than 1,400 multinational corporations. The Downtown/Brickell Central Business District now houses both the Port of Miami (the world's largest cruise ship port, plus one of the world's busiest points of entry for cargo from Latin America) and, even more impressively, the largest concentration of international banks in the USA.

This city has also garnered several accolades for itself in terms of business. In 2012, Miami was designated as an Alpha−World City, and has been ranked as one of the world's wealthiest cities in regards to purchasing power. Plus, Miami holds third place when it comes to tallest skylines in the U.S. with more than 300 high rises.

It's not all work and no play in the business district these days, though; Miami still is, after all, The Sun & Fun Capital of the World. Over the years, Miami has expanded and you can find the hottest hotels, restaurants and lounges, as well as parks, museums and, of course, miles of sandy beaches. The mainland Miami area has become an increasingly alluring place for business travelers to base their entire stay.

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