Dear GMBHA Members and Partners, 
We hope that you, your families and employees are safe and sound. Here we are in our 4th month of the pandemic taking on a new definition now as one of the “Hot Spots” in the country. How did this happen? Who would have imagined Hilton would be defining a New Standard of Hotel Cleanliness with Lysol and Marriott International Int’l introducing high-tech disinfecting machines as part of COVID-19 response? Our hotels are open and ready to provide our guests with a safe, clean and warm hospitality welcome… as well as great staycation packages!
We are very fortunate to have partnered with Miami Dade College: Hotel Reopening COVID-19 Course and delighted to announce that over 250 hoteliers received a certificate of completion.
We know how very difficult and challenging the pandemic has been for our employees and their families. The closures, reopenings, partial closures and a potential new shutdown… Our hearts go out to every single one of them. We also appreciate and want to recognize all of the efforts that are being made by you, our members and our affiliated partners, to provide relief efforts.
Special thanks to our partners to include Bill Talbert, President & CEO GMCVB, The Beacon Council and The Coalition of Chambers, Chaired by our dear friends Mark Trowbridge, President & CEO, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Steve Adkins, President & CEO, MDGLCC. We all have become masters at ZOOM webinars and networking.
We are extremely grateful to our educational partners, Dean Michael Cheng, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Shelly Fano, Executive Director, The Hospitality Institute, Miami Dade College, Dr. Larry Rice, President, Johnson & Wales, University and Gregory Bohan, Instructor, Hospitality Management, Florida Atlantic University for all of their initiatives and outreach to our community.
Congratulations to the NAF Academy/Hospitality & Tourism recipients of the GMBHA scholarship  Gabriel Martinez , Miami Beach Senior High and 
Genesis Torrez , Miami Sunset Senior High! We look forward to seeing you soon in person.
We want to thank all of our new and renewed members and hope you are enjoying our webinars. Let us know how we can continue to support you. 
In closing, I would like to quote Tom Hanks in an NBC interview regarding COVID-19
"There are really only 3 things you need to do...Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands" 
Warmest Regards to you and your families,

Wendy Kallergis
President & CEO