Located on the west coast of Florida at Tampa Bay
The sunny, warm weather, and abundant tropical greenery with its humid subtropical climate provides a beautiful lush setting for any type of meeting year round. Tampa likely got its name "stick of fire" from the lightning strikes often seen in the region during the summer months by the Native American tribe originally inhabiting the area. On the exquisite waterfront, Tampa offers a 600,000 square foot convention center, over 20,000 hotel rooms, and many unique event venues making it a perfect location to consider for your next conference or convention. With Tampa's International Airport, AMTRAK service and public transportation together, allows for convenient and inexpensive travel to and around the city.
Dining in Tampa is a must with its multi cultural population offering some of the best Cuban, Italian and Spanish restaurants, not to mention fresh, local seafood on the waterfront dining locations. Area attractions include Adventure Island a 30-acre water park adjacent to Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo features over 2,000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides, educational shows, and the Museum of Science and Industry housing the largest children's science center in the nation. If your group loves to shop, they'll want to spend some time at International Plaza, Bay Street and West Shore Plaza. For those sun bathers and swimming enthusiast, the Tampa Bay area is home to some of the top beaches in America. Golfing, boating and fishing are also popular outdoor activities. Rent a kayak or canoe for a fun day along the Gulf Coast or the inland waterways.
Tampa Riverwalk is a pedestrian trail development along the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida. The downtown Tampa portion travels alongside the Tampa Arts District and includes Curtis Hixon Park, the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children's Museum, Rivergate Tower and adjacent atrium containing the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. You will find art sprinkled throughout the city buildings, parks and streets, including Bayshore Boulevard, the site of a 145 foot long mosaic tile mural dedicated to the history of Tampa. Bayshore is one of the most scenic places to take a drive in Florida.
Tampa is a part of the metropolitan area commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area which includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan area is composed of roughly 2.7 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan in the state, and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. This vibrant and dynamic waterfront city is a fun loving cultural scene very much alive with its warm weather, 165 parks and beaches, and diverse restaurants and outdoor year round recreation.
Five main economic industries in Tampa are service, retail, insurance, finance and real estate with several Fortune 1000 companies residing in the second most populous metropolitan area in Florida includes the parent company of Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill, OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., and Raymond James Financial. Tampa acts as the 7th largest port in the United States and is the largest tonnage port in Florida. Planning a meeting out of Tampa aboard ship is an ideal port of call for several cruise lines like Holland America's MS Veendam, Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival's Legend Inspiration. Whether you want to plan a meeting aboard ship or at a hotel, resort or the Tampa convention center, we can help you.
For those meeting planners who are looking for a meeting place that offers a unique flavor of a conference destination and affordability, Tampa may be a good choice. Let us help you gather bid proposals and present them to you by email. We offer this service free of charge, and we can help you negotiate with the hotel to get the best rates for your lodging.
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