Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2020

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B M & T ••• March/April 2020 ••• 26 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 dis- cover. Waterfront location brings the warmth and light of the Florida sunshine right into your meeting rooms. Treasure awaits you at the Tampa Convention Center , a 600,000-sq. ft. meeting and convention facility with unique architectural designs and spectacular waterfront views that provide an ideal setting for your next inva- sion. The convenience of a vibrant downtown, adjacent first-class accommodations and Florida's largest variety of destination offerings allows you to conquer with ease. Convention district devel- opments bring new treasures in every direction in Tampa Bay. Whether it's the walka- ble Convention District filled with restaurants, attractions and cultural centers, or the waterfront convention cen- ter, treasure awaits at every turn for conventions in Tampa Bay. Now Tampa Bay has even more treasures to uncover for your next meeting. Expansions, upgrades and amenities will greet you, from your arrival at the award-winning Tampa International Airport to the second you step into the Tampa Convention Center — with new waterfront meet- ing spaces and coveted restaurants. The upcoming Tampa Midtown development will have 1.8 million sq. ft. of new retail, entertainment and hospitality spaces and con- nect the bustling downtown Convention District with the vibrant Westshore District. And at the end of the day, retire to one of the many new luxury hotels arriving in 2020 and 2021. New developments in Tampa Bay include: TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Multibillion-dollar expan- sion and 260 direct flights to 90 destinations daily, making it the best mid-sized airport in America TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER A $30 million investment in waterfront meeting spaces and hip new restaurants 2,000+ NEW HOTEL ROOMS Tampa's first JW Marriott, five-star Tampa Edition, luxu- ry boutiques and other new openings from Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott A luxurious 500-room tower expansion at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino The new boutique Hotel Haya, opening this spring on Seventh Avenue in the heart of historic Ybor City $500 MILLION MIDTOWN TAMPA DEVELOPMENT Over 1.8 million square feet of new retail, entertain- ment and hospitality space Explore more of the treas- ures that await now at (800) 554-7256 or www.The Florida seems to have everything covered when it comes to providing Meeting Planners with the most BANG for their BUCK with- out compromising top level hospitality and convention services. Thanks to the state's beautiful beaches and world-famous weather, exceptional year 'round value and a plethora of unlimited activities from boating, dining, golf, spas, ecotourism to theme parks 'The Sunshine State' truly holds the title of being NUMBER 1 in tourism!!

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