Miami is the 42nd largest city in the US, and bears the most populous county in Florida. The city was named for the Mayaimi Native American people who lived around Lake Okeechobee, slightly north of the city of Miami. The geographical location of Miami means it is perfectly placed as a center of business for both North America and the southern Latin nations. According to Wikipedia, Miami has the 22nd highest GDP in the world and 11th in the US, making it one of the most important financial centers in the country.
Many world corporations have chosen the city of Miami for their North American head office. Bacardi, a leading manufacturer of rum, has its home base in Bermuda but their secondary headquarters are in Miami. Crispin Porter and Bogusky, a world class advertising business has chosen Miami for their southern operations as well. Since the city is home to the largest cruise ship port in the world, almost all of the largest cruise lines in the world have their headquarters in Miami as well. Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise are just a few.
The Miami harbor is also home to the largest cargo and freight port in the entire United States. It is often referred to as the Cargo Gateway of America and the Cruise Ship Capital of the World, for that reason alone there are hundreds of world shipping companies based in Miami. World Fuel Services, a Fortune 500 fuel and logistics company grosses over $11 billion annually is based in Miami, along with Cisco, Disney, Wal-Mart, Kraft Foods, Microsoft, Oracle, FedEx and Exxon. Miami is also home to the densest concentration of international financial institutions.
Miami is the largest media center in the US, in both Spanish and English. There a few factors contributing to their status in world of entertainment: the corporate culture, the close proximity to Central and South America Latin nations, and the location of several prominent sports franchises. Since Miami is frequently used as a bridge between the US and Latin nations of Central and South America, there are many Latin based companies based there. At least three Spanish-language television stations are headquartered in Miami, and broadcasted all over the Americas. Five professional and four college sport teams are based in Miami, all drawing fans from all over the Florida panhandle.
Cranes and new construction are constants in the Miami skyline, along with some of the most eye-catching and incredible architecture in the world. No matter what season it is, there is always a professional sports game to catch. World class opera and symphony engagements are abound, music is everywhere, beaches are sandy and warm; Miami has it all.
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