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Is The Miami Convention Bureau Deceiving Visitors?

January 29, 2010 By Gus in Miami: Local NewsMiami: Travel News  | 16 Comments


My skepticism about the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is no secret. If you found hundreds of pornographic images posted on their website, and noticed they were doing nothing about it,  you would be leery of them too.

Now I am feeling even more alarmed after reading the misleading job information that was written on their blog.

Where Does The Convention Bureau Get Their Information?

On the same day Matt Meltzer and Miami Herald published stories about the job turnout at Chik-Fil-A (the fast food restaurant received over 6000 applications for 65 jobs), Bill Talbert, President and CEO of the GMCVB, wrote a 59-word blog post how jobs remain solid in the Hospitality Industry:


I don’t understand Mr. Talbert’s data. I want to ask some questions, but his blog doesn’t allow comments, or provide a “contact” link.

Sir, We Have A Responsibility To Report The Facts.

Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate in December rose to 11.3 percent; the busiest month of the tourist season.

Some studies show Miami ranks first in the nation for unemployment.

If you read Matt Meltzer’s column, he says:

We have over 220,000 people who already live here who can’t find work. And unless you’re bringing in some rare, in-demand skill that nobody here can produce, you are at the end of the line when it comes to hiring.”

With all due respect, where are all the Leisure and Hospitality Job$, Mr Talbert?

Miami is Tempting Enough

Please don’t deceive us about the job market. Don’t tempt us with unrealistic expectations. People have crazy dreams about moving here, we should never confuse them about what life is really like.

Miami Beach 411 is contacted by hundreds of people each month who are looking for a job, and most of them tell us finding work is difficult right now.

Even Matt Meltzer is having a hard time finding a bartending job, and Matt has many years of experience.

Times Are Tough - Do You See What I Mean?

Mr. Talbert, I hope you see my humor. We all know you’re not trying to deceive anyone on purpose, but this should be a reminder that people are listening to what we say.

I would like an opportunity to visit with you to get your insight on how Miami Beach 411 and the GMCVB can work together.

I will call your office to set a convenient time. I do look forward to meeting you.


Gus Moore
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Miami Beach 411

Related Categories: Miami: Local News, Miami: Travel News,

Gus Moore heads up Miami Beach 411 as site administrator. You can reach him at 1-305-754-2206.

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16 Comments on

"Is The Miami Convention Bureau Deceiving Visitors?"

Carlos Miller says:

Maybe the jobs are all in the porn industry that the GMCVB promotes.

Posted on 01/31/2010 at 3:29 PM

Miss Dee says:

I get his “what’s happening” newsletter every Sunday and have been wondering the same thing… WHERE the hell does he get his data??? Hotel people have had their hours cut left and right for months if not more and most of them still make less than $10/hour (he sure knows that since the vacancy of hotel rooms is now causing a problem to the CVB as they only collect their tax $ if the rooms are occupied), my friend who manages a restaurant on SB received over 150 resumes within 24 hours for one server position posted on Craig’s List… the GMCVB itself had reduced salaries twice and eliminated countless positions some of them of people who had been working there for over 15 years… so PLEASE spare us the weekly delusional BS. There are no jobs down here… come out of your comfy Brickell offices and lunches at Capital Grill and smell the coffee, thanks.

Posted on 01/31/2010 at 4:11 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

I’m glad you’re writing about this Gus! We do get so many people with dreams about living here.

By the way, the City of Miami had a job fair a week or so ago ... I heard on the radio there were at least 3,000 jobs up for grabs.  Did Matt cover that by any chance?

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 9:27 AM

Gus says:

No, Matt didn’t cover the event. Good idea, though, with him looking for a job. I would love to here his thoughts.

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 10:27 AM

Doug says:

Speaking of “job fairs”, I thought you might get a kick out of <a >this hilarious account</a> of a so-called McDonalds “job fair”!

Sometimes things aren’t what they seem…

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 12:46 PM

Doug says:

Here’s the link:

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 12:47 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Gus, I would’ve posted about the job fair in the forums, but I found out it about it that very same day!  Here is a link to the job fair, which took place on Jan 26:

“Individuals attending the Career Fair will receive valuable resources on how to find jobs, how to dress properly for an interview and how to prepare résumés, in addition to getting a professional photo taken to include along with their resume. Those taking their photo are encouraged to dress in business attire and have a valid email account to receive and electronic copy of their image.

“Keep Miami Working” is the Mayor’s initiative to provide resources that assist City residents in preparing to secure a job. 

For more information, please contact Ada Rojas at 305-250-5305”

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 1:24 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

So, wait, was this a job fair as in people who are actually hiring people are there looking for people to fill those jobs? Or was it more of a “job search workshop?” Which, while useful, is actually something I teach (ironic, right? Spare me the comments).

Burger King also had a big job fair recently, but it was while I was up in Gainesville and could not attend. I know they are hiring for the new Burger Bar, though.

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 1:58 PM

That's funny says:

So wait…

Matt Meltzer can’t get a job…


Posted on 02/01/2010 at 2:39 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Matt - check out the link, buddy.

Here’s something just posted on the South Florida Business Journal -

“Florida is among a handful of states that posted the largest monthly gains in the number of online job postings, which were up by 25,500 in January, according to The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Data Series. Only California, with a 67,600 jump, had more.”

Read more ...

Posted on 02/01/2010 at 3:02 PM

Gus says:

Matt, thank you for making the disticntion between “job fair” and “job search workshop.” I realize now, I’ve only been to one real job fair.

Posted on 02/02/2010 at 7:27 AM

Gus says:

Regarding the post on South Florida Business Journal, it sounds like they’re judging job growth by counting the number of “Help Wanted” ads on Craigslist and Yahoo?:

Florida is among a handful of states that posted the largest monthly gains in the number of online job postings, which were up by 25,500 in January, according to The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Data Series. [...] This is very good news since these seasonally adjusted increases come in two months, when we normally see employers cut back on advertising for workers.”

Everyone complains, job websites are filled with junk listings and spam. There must be a more accurate way to judge growth than counting (fake) job postings on (fake) websites?

Just like my complaint with Mr. Talbert, I need to know more about the data.

Posted on 02/02/2010 at 7:37 AM

Gus says:

Speaking of Mr. Talbert, he removed the “Job$...Job$...Job$” post from his blog,

I hope he has a sense of humor.

I’m going to call over there. Any advice on what to say? If you could ask Bill Talbert a question, what would it be?

(asking for your feedback worked so well with Google)

Posted on 02/02/2010 at 7:55 AM

paco poco says:

Can you do without the Histronics, the OCD’s, the Narcissism, the Hypomania?

Posted on 04/11/2010 at 8:50 AM

paco poco says:

Obiter dictum? not a chace.  Hypomania?  yeah, and way too much.

Posted on 04/13/2010 at 11:13 PM

paco poco says:

is Gus Moore deceiving visitors?

Posted on 04/16/2010 at 9:09 AM

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