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Tampa Bay has more than Florida sunshine to offer your next meeting. With an airport beloved by J.D. Power, hotels that include a favorite of USA Today, innovative technology grants and enhanced cleaning protocols, Tampa Bay is full of dynamic possibilities.

Acclaimed, award-winning hotels await.

Looking for luxury? Try the five-star JW Marriott Tampa Water Street. This 519-room masterpiece features sprawling views of the waterfront and downtown as well as floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Amalie Arena. Plus, it features sleek midcentury modern furniture, and décor with subtle nautical motifs, and even a waterfall.

For a unique boutique hotel, the new Hotel Haya in historic Ybor City is minutes from the Convention District. With midcentury Cuban flair, its wraparound balconies, stunning artwork and innovative menus earned it a spot on USA Today's roster of 2020's best new hotels.

Smart preparations from arrival to departure.

After being a mainstay as one of the top five airports in J.D. Power's rankings, TPA ranked second in J.D. Power's 2020 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, thanks to high marks in:

*  Terminal facilities
*  Airport arrival and departure
*  Baggage claim
*  Security check
*  Check-in and baggage check
*  Food, beverage and retail 

TPA also just added 50 new places to eat and shop, an upgraded car rental hub and a larger central terminal.

The best venue keeps getting better.

After a host of new upgrades last year, the waterfront Tampa Convention Center is already gearing up for even more renovations targeted for 2023 completion. These include 18,000 square feet of new meeting rooms on the sparkling waterfront, upgrades to the ballrooms and meeting halls - plus adding two floors.

The Tampa Convention Center received the GBAC Star™ accreditation. The Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation is the cleaning industry's only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation - the gold standard for prepared facilities.

Open-air adventures in every direction.

After a day of meeting, guests can enjoy an evening filled with fresh-air fun. The Tampa Riverwalk makes much of it easy to access along one stunning pedestrian pathway. It connects the Tampa Convention Center to 2.6 miles of innovative outdoor dining options, scenic parks and other attractions.


Stay connected with the new Hybrid Technology Grant.

Introducing a convenient way to offset unanticipated hybrid technology expenses. The Hybrid Meeting Grant - with a maximum of $15,000 per event - helps keep attendees connected and minimize hybrid technology costs.

To help promote your meeting, Visit Tampa Bay and event organizers will develop a customized sponsorship-marketing package that includes mutually agreed upon items. A few options include a custom landing page on, exclusive partner offers, sponsorship items and additional perks.

Grants will be awarded based on estimated economic impact, anticipated attendance figures and other factors.

Explore more on this grant.

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    Adam DePiro

    Vice President of Convention Sales

    P: (813) 342-4061

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