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Tampa Bay is where dynamic meetings come together nearly effortlessly. With an award-winning airport, cutting-edge venues, and a vibrant array of amenities - Tampa Bay meetings come together with an easy, stress-free vibe. It's something we like to call The Tampa Bay Effect and it's how we'll make your meeting shine.

Celebrated service for air travelers from around the world.

Number one according to J.D. Power North America Airport Satisfaction Study, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is home to world-class service. And now it can bring an even wider range of attendees to your meeting.

The crown jewel of your meeting.

After completing renovations worth millions of dollars, the waterfront Tampa Convention Center is already upgrading again - expanding with 18 new meeting rooms offering floor-to-ceiling windows and picturesque views of Tampa Bay.

An array of new ways to stay.

There's a hotel option for every attendee with the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street that boasts sprawling views, a rooftop pool and 100,000 square feet of event space. Searching for a unique boutique hotel? Look no further than the new Hotel Haya just minutes from downtown aboard the free streetcar. With midcentury Cuban flair, Hotel Haya features wraparound balconies, stunning artwork and innovative menus, all in historic Ybor City.

Photo credit: Hotel Haya

Sustainability meets wellness.

Outside the venue, the innovative Water Street Tampa neighborhood is the first in the world to earn WELL Certification for integrating sustainability and wellness into buildings and pedestrian spaces. There are extra wide sidewalks to promote foot traffic, water bottle refilling stations, recycling bins and buildings with cutting-edge energy conservation.

Bringing together a world-class Convention District.

The Tampa Riverwalk conveniently links the Tampa Convention Center and many must-experience destinations like gems on a string. With 2.6 miles of scenic waterfront views, stroll or bike to celebrated museums, beautiful parks, award-winning restaurants and unique attractions, such as The Florida Aquarium on the path's south end. For an even more adventurous experience, rent a standup paddleboard, or take the Pirate Water Taxi.

Savor new tastes.

The prestigious Michelin Guide to Florida bestowed three Tampa Bay hot spots with Bib Gourmand awards. On the list are Ichicoro Ramen, Rocca, and small plate specialists, Rooster & the Till. In addition to these award-winners, the Michelin Guide gave its renowned recognition to 16 more local restaurants.

Plus, Tampa Bay offers two Instagram-worthy food halls, Sparkman Wharf and Heights Public Market at Armature Works, with fresh Gulf seafood and an array of award-winning local craft beer.

A treasure trove of multicultural meeting experience.

Among Florida's oldest communities, Tampa Bay has always been home to a unique blend of people and cultures. Our calendar is stacked with multicultural events, festivals, and meetings. Plus, many of our streets are lined with monuments and parks paying homage to diversity and civil rights leaders. We hosted repeated Imperial Sessions of the Prince Hall Shriners as well as gatherings of many African American sororities, fraternities, and business organizations. And now, we're ready to do the same for you.

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Sherri Brown

Vice President of Multicultural Sales and Development

P: (813) 342-4062