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Tampa, FL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 123
Total Sleeping Rooms 19,509
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,026
Committable Meeting Rooms* 40
Convention Center Space 926,187 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $120
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $54
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $182
*Maximum for a single hotel

Tampa, FL Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Tampa Bay, where the sunny, warm weather invites visitors to discover the many treasures in this gem of a city. Fly seamlessly into Tampa International Airport (TPA), which is ranked number two in the Nation and number five in the World for customer service, according to Travel + Leisure magazine. Tampa Bay is known as a walking destination – and for good reason. With a compact downtown area and the Riverwalk that connects many sites at the riverside, getting from place to place is a breeze. There are several easy ways to get around the area. Water taxis on the Hillsborough River, streetcars connecting downtown to the Historic Ybor City, and rentable bikes all make traveling the city convenient, fun, and affordable.

Tampa Bay stands apart from the rest for conferences and conventions with a 600,000-square-foot waterfront convention center, over 24,000 hotel rooms, 198 hotels, and more than 119 unique Tampa Bay event venues. Consider having Tampa Bay as the backdrop for your next event by charting a private cruise for up to 600 people at the Yacht Starship, which docks in front of the Channelside Bay Plaza. Once business is adjourned for the day, the Tampa Riverwalk is one of the newest and most convenient destinations for travelers. The 2.4-mile paved waterfront path serves as a hub for dining, shopping, the arts, and leisure activities. It links five major hotels, eighteen historical monuments, four major museums, and numerous attractions including The Florida Aquarium, Channelside Bay Plaza, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, and the Tampa Convention Center.

Named one of the top 25 art destinations in the U.S. by AmericanStyle magazine, Tampa Bay is proud of its cultural heritage. Tampa Bay's public art collection is made up of more than 100 works of art, most of which are on display for Fourth Friday, a monthly night of arts, culture, and entertainment. Artwork is dispersed among buildings, parks, and streets, including Bayshore Boulevard, one of the most scenic roadways in Florida and also the longest continuous sidewalk in the world.

Tampa Bay is truly a culinary experience – Whether you delight in locally grown creative cooking or a world-famous Cuban sandwich, this is a place for food-lovers. Planners can take advantage of the authentic food scene the destination has to offer.

Historic Ybor City, part of the city of Tampa, is home to the Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. It has remained in the same family since it opened in 1905. Today's operators represent the founding family's fourth and fifth generations. The Cuban-influenced menu and nightly Flamenco show make the Columbia Restaurant a must-visit any day. Seventh Avenue, which runs through the heart of Ybor City, is lined with restaurants offering a mix of flavors including American, Italian, Cuban, and Greek. Venture off of Seventh Avenue and you'll find even more dining options.

Near the University of Tampa, Oxford Exchange combines a restaurant, coffee and tea bar, shop, and bookstore in a unique environment. In Tampa Heights, Ulele offers meals inspired by Florida's native foods in a historic setting. Seminole Heights is becoming a center for adventurous eating. Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, lets you admire the owner's extensive collection of folk art while you eat. The Refinery changes its menu every Thursday to feature new dishes. Rooster and the Till features an eclectic blend of tastes in an intimate space.

About Tampa, FL / Additional Info

We encourage you to explore our city as we introduce you to the attractions that make our destination one of the greatest in the world. The people of Tampa Bay invite you to unlock the treasures of this rich cultural destination.

With a population of over 352,000, Tampa makes up a considerable portion of the second largest metro area in Florida, referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. The Tampa Bay Area, which comprises the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater metro areas, is home to over 4.3 million residents.

Discover where it all began by exploring Tampa's Historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City. Stroll down the brick-lined streets and take in the scent of Cuban coffee roasting early in the morning or the rhythms of Latin music late into the night. Get active on the Riverwalk: Tampa's dynamic cultural venues, family oriented parks, and the city center's vibrant business community creating connectivity and eclectic synergy.

Whether you're catching a tailgate before a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game or a foul ball at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, you won't want to miss any of the action. Become a “believer” as the Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice. Experience all the excitement the baseball field, football stadium, and hockey arena around the area have to offer.

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