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The mission of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is to serve as a catalyst to promote Miami-Dade County's appeal as a tourist destination by encouraging and investing in outstanding project-based tourism-oriented cultural and special events that distinguish our destination as a world class center for theater, concerts, recitals, opera, dance, art exhibitions, festivals, sports events, film and television originations and other tourist-related activities. The TDC is responsive on a quarterly basis and its objective in funding events is to attract tourist from outside of Miami-Dade County into the area; encourage overnight stays in Miami-Dade County motels and hotels; and perpetuate an environment for growth in the tourism industry in Miami-Dade County. The TDC investments are focused on further developing exemplary existing programs and stimulating new activities.

The Tourist Development Council is a nine (9) member volunteer board. The membership of the Tourist Development Council is established pursuant to Florida State Statute Section 125.0104 which provides that the chair of the governing board of the of the County or any other member of the governing board as designated by the chair shall serve on the Council; two members of the Council must be elected municipal officials, at least one of whom must be from the most populous municipality in the county; and six members of the Council must be persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have a verifiably demonstrated interest in the tourist development of Miami-Dade County, of which members, not less than three nor more than four shall be owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the county and subject to the tax.  The Statute further defines that the governing board of the County shall have the option of designating the chair of the council or allowing the council to elect a chair.

Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Chairperson
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 200
Miami, FL  33128
Gene Prescott
Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables - Miami
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL  33134
Wendy Kallergis
Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association
1688 Meridian Avenue, Suite 500
Miami Beach, FL  33139
Olga M. Ramudo
Express Travels, Inc.
299 Alhambra Circle, Suite 500
Coral Gables, FL  33134
Commissioner Christine King
City of Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL  33133
Commissioner Robert L. Stephens, III
City of Miami Gardens
18605 NW 27th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL  33056
Hemant Patel
Kings Motel
7150 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL  33138
Danielle Torres
Hampton Inn & Suites - Miami South / Homestead
2855 NE 9th Street
Homestead, FL  33033
William Perry, III
Airport Parking Associates
Miami Airport
Flamingo Garage, 1st Floor
4200 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL  33122
David Whitaker ** (Non-voting member)
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700
Miami, FL  33131


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