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International economic summit moving to Coral Gables from West Palm Beach

 

ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

After four years in West Palm Beach, a yearly gathering of global economic and political leaders is moving south next year, to Coral Gables.

The Palm Beach Strategic Forum, presented by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is being renamed the World Strategic Forum for its April 13-14, 2015, run at the Biltmore Hotel.

“We love Palm Beach, but there is a huge market in Miami right now with a very robust business community,” said Nicholas Remillard, CEO of the Montreal-based International Economic Forum. “Miami is the door to Latin America. And for a lot of our delegates from outside of the United States — from Europe and Asia and Africa — Miami generates a lot of interest.”

The International Economic Forum has hosted an annual conference in South Florida since 2011 and has similar programs in Toronto and Montreal. Its 2014 summit in Palm Beach County wrapped up on Tuesday and drew about 1,000 attendees.

Remillard said next year’s program will keep its core focus on finance, energy, government, the economy and trade.

“But we will modify certain things to be more ‘Miami,’” he said. “With more of a focus on Latin America.”

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