Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2020

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B M & T ••• November/December 2020 ••• 33 MOST WIDE-OPEN P O S S I B I L I T I E S As the world of meetings continues to evolve, so does Florida's most dynamic meetings destination — Tampa Bay. From enhanced cleaning protocols and contactless procedures to our award-winning, world-class airport and all-new Hybrid Meeting Grant, Tampa Bay is committed to your meeting's success. Peace of mind included with every meeting. The waterfront 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 recov- ery accreditation — the gold standard for prepared facilities. More meeting spaces. More possibilities. The Tampa Convention Center has added 18 new meeting rooms overlooking the Hillsborough River and fully renovated its breakout rooms and ballrooms. In total, the expansions span 16,000 sq. ft. and two stories with a terrace and outdoor space. 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 to fit any appetite, scenic parks and other attractions. Smart preparations from arrival to departure. The Tampa International Airport (TPA) has partnered with BayCare Health System to launch the country's first airport testing pilot, which offers two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests for all depart- ing and arriving passengers. The airport has also introduced a new program called TPA Ready. Designed to help combat the spread of COVID-19, TPA Ready helps safeguard travelers nearly everywhere they walk, sit, dine and more dur- ing their time at the airport. Program highlights include plastic barriers to separate employees and travelers in select areas, such as service counters; social-distancing-con- scious seating arrangements; detailed cleanings; reminder signage; and mandatory face coverings for every TPA associate. After being a mainstay as one of the top five airports in J.D. Power's rankings, TPA is now ranked second in J.D. Power's 2020 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. An array of new ways to stay. There's a hotel option for every attendee with the five-star JW Marriott Tampa Water Street opening in November as well as new offer- F L O R I D A' S ings from Hyatt and Hilton. That means more than 1,500 new hotel rooms, 1,000 more renovated rooms and a variety of new meeting spaces for your next meeting. Searching for a unique boutique hotel? Look no further than the new Hotel Haya that's minutes from downtown Tampa Bay's Convention District. With midcentury Cuban flair, Hotel Haya features wraparound balconies, stunning artwork and innovative menus, all in historic Ybor City. Stay connected with the new Hybrid Technology Grant. Introducing a convenient way to offset unanticipated hybrid technol- ogy 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, antici- pated attendance figures and other factors. Explore more now. For details on the Hybrid Technology Grant: • Go to • Contact:Adam DePiro Director of Convention Sales P: (813) 342-4061 Explore more of Florida's most dynamic meeting destination. Visit today.

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