Last Thursday, January 24, within the framework of FITUR 2019, the official transfer of the Capital was made, a title held by São Paulo during 2018 and which in 2019 will be held by Miami under the name: Miami, Gastronomy of the Americas 2019.
The event took place in the Stand of Brazil and was attended by members of Academia Iberoamericana and Brazilian authorities, as well as a large part of the Miami organizing team. After a year where São Paulo has been the Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2018, at the stand of Brazil in FITUR, Teté Bezerra, president of the Brazilian Institute of Tourism, led the delivery of witness to Miami, which will hold the title of Ibero-American Capital of the Gastronomic Culture in 2019.
The President of Embratur trusts that Miami «will know how to take advantage of the opportunity, since it is a great tourist and multicultural destination». Víctor Muntane, president of Visit USA, known that it will be «hard» to overcome São Paulo, but assured that Miami «is ready to carry out all the activities it has planned in the calendar». Rafael Ansón, president of the Ibero-American Gastronomy Academy, confirmed that the appointment of Miami was approved unanimously by the National Academies of Gastronomy -in total 14- «given its Ibero-American character and for being one of the largest cities in the United States.» A designation that has the backing of Miami Dade County, which was endorsed in a memorandum of understanding signed by Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Rafael Ansón at the end of 2018. Miami joins other citys that have already received the Capital: São Paulo (2018), Buenos Aires (2017), Mérida (2016), Guanajuato (2015) and Córdoba (2014).