Making Meetings Shine in Tampa Bay

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Making Meetings Shine in Tampa Bay

By Visit Tampa Bay | Apr 1, 2024

It’s easy to see why Tampa Bay’s convention calendar boasts big names like the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. With cutting-edge venues, new upgrades to the Tampa Convention Center 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

The experience begins at J.D. Power’s top-ranked airport, Tampa International Airport (TPA), offering world-class service only minutes from the downtown Convention District.

The crown jewel of your meeting

The waterfront Tampa Convention Center added 18 new meeting rooms overlooking the sparkling Hillsborough River. Part of a $38 million expansion, they’re the latest upgrade to the treasured venue that’s conveniently steps from modern hotels, celebrated attractions and more along the Tampa Riverwalk.

An array of new ways to stay

A short walk from Tampa Convention Center, you’ll find hotel options for every attendee. There’s the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street with sprawling views, a rooftop pool and 100,000 square feet of event space.

The Tampa EDITION, Tampa Bay’s first five-star hotel, features 172 rooms and suites, a rooftop bar, food from a MICHELIN-ranked chef, a spa, and more.

Then there’s the boutique Hotel Haya, just minutes from downtown on the free streetcar. With midcentury Cuban flair, Hotel Haya features wraparound balconies, stunning artwork and innovative menus, all in historic Ybor City.

Bringing together the world-class Convention District

The Tampa Riverwalk conveniently links the Tampa Convention Center and 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.

On the south end, The Florida Aquarium offers an exotic team-building excursion. Pet stingrays, meet penguins, swim among sea turtles and even set sail on a dolphin-watching cruise. For evening entertainment, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts offers a calendar stacked with traveling Broadway shows, stand-up comedy’s biggest performers, musical acts and more.

Another must-see stop is the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. It’s the first in the world to earn WELL Certification for integrating sustainability and wellness into buildings and pedestrian spaces.

With so much to see and do, many attendees bring their families and extend their stays through the weekend to keep exploring.

Direct routes to adventure. With accessibility built in

To venture farther, catch the free, electric streetcar. And for truly memorable transportation, try a Pirate Water Taxi, featuring whimsical historical narration.

As you travel, you’ll find accessible experiences and adventures for guests of all abilities. Tampa Bay collaborates with partners to help ensure accessibility guidelines are met, so all visitors feel welcome.

Savor new tastes

Like a great meeting, good food brings people together while giving them plenty to talk about. And Tampa Bay’s award-winning culinary scene does both. The 2023 MICHELIN Guide to Florida bestowed Tampa Bay restaurants with a coveted MICHELIN Star — bringing the total number of restaurants included in the guide to more than 20.

Welcoming all attendees

Tampa Bay has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The calendar is stacked with multicultural events. And there’s a community-wide effort to support minority-owned businesses.

Tampa Bay also offers sensory-friendly attractions and takes thoughtful steps to educate partners on welcoming the diverse group of visitors. These efforts include an accessibility playbook and a collection of Travel Advocacy Group-approved hotels that works to create the best experience for LGBTQ+ guests.


Adam DePiro
Chief Sales Officer
P: (813) 342-4061





Visit Tampa Bay

With its combination of accessibility, affordability and amenities, Tampa Bay is the perfect place to unlock the potential of your next meeting. With a host of unique dining experiences, leisure and recreational choices and venues like no other, there is much to discover. Visit Tampa Bay invites you to come explore our city; in fact, invasions are welcome!