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New Director of Sports and Entertainment at Miami CVB

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The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) recently appointed Mathew Ratner as director of sports and entertainment tourism. Ratner previously served as the associate director of the sports and entertainment tourism department for 10 years. With an impressive background and a wealth of experience in the industry, Ratner’s mission is to drive the growth of Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s sports and entertainment tourism industry to new heights.

“Mathew has been an integral part of our team for over a decade,” said GMCVB President and CEO, David Whitaker. “He played a pivotal role in bringing renowned events to our destination, including Miami-Dade County’s successful bid for the FIFA 2026 World CupTM. These types of events generate significant economic impact, create jobs, support local businesses and elevate our destination’s brand on a global scale as a premier sports and entertainment hub.”

As associate director of the sports and entertainment tourism department, Ratner worked with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee and the College Football National Championship on successful bids, cementing Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s reputation as a premier sports destination. In his new role, Ratner will continue to spearhead the promotion of Greater Miami and Miami Beach as a top destination for major sporting events, conferences and conventions as well as supporting the Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment (FilMiami) and various municipal partnerships.

“The opportunity to promote our vibrant communities and showcase the incredible offerings to fans and visitors worldwide is truly exhilarating,” said Ratner. “Our team will continue to build on successes like securing the FIFA 2026 World CupTM bid attracting stellar events that showcase why Greater Miami is such a special place to live, work, play and visit.”

With Ratner’s support, the GMCVB has fostered strong relationships within the industry by serving as a tourism liaison to all professional sports franchises in Miami-Dade County, further enhancing collaboration between the organization and various local sports establishments.

Ratner holds a master’s degree in recreation and sport management from Florida International University (FIU) and a bachelor’s degree in communication and leadership studies from the University of South Florida (USF). 

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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