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Miami Taps Developer
Peebles to Assume Chairmanship at
R. Donahue Peebles
Hotel developer R. Donahue Peebles,
who begins a one-year term in October as chairman of the Greater
Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently joined M&C in
a telephone Q&A.
M&C: How do you plan to attract
group and convention business to Greater Miami?
Peebles: I will personally meet with major
summer convention groups. People rule out Miami in the summer, in
part because we perceive ourselves as a seasonal market. But why
not look at us? Our rates are more competitive than the traditional
M&C: With Miami primarily a fly-in
destination, how will you combat the air-travel slump?
Peebles: We’re putting a higher priority on the
drive-in market. Atlanta is a tremendous opportunity, as are the
M&C: What about plans to expand
the Miami Beach Convention Center?
Peebles: If they do expand, they will need
serious consideration for a convention center hotel, one that’s not
a resort property.
M&C: After years of staying away,
the NAACP is coming back to Miami. How important is it to keep the
momentum of African-American tourism?
Peebles: Well, the African-American market is
going to be critical to Miami’s future. We have a unique
opportunity to expand our appeal to that market both on the leisure
side and the conference side.
• MARTHA COOKE
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