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Convention center55,742 sq. m
Guest Rooms23,000
Guest rooms at 1 hotel1,240 guest rooms
Special event venues119
Average room rate$119.27
Daily food cost$51.00
Occupancy rate74.1%
Tax rate8.5%

Visit Tampa Bay


Why Choose Our Destination?

Florida’s Most Breakout Sessions Leading the next generation of business travelers means cultivating connections. Everything required to create those energized moments awaits in Tampa Bay. Sparkling vistas surround the waterfront Convention District with warmth and light. Attendees love the abundance of first-class hotels downtown. But it’s beyond the ballrooms and happy hours where attendees make new discoveries and forge new bonds. Within minutes, attendees can reach everything from luxury shopping and daring attractions to diverse cuisine and outdoor sports. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents full seasons of major musicals, theater, and opera. The Tampa Museum of Art exhibits masterworks from antiquity to today. Meeting-goers seeking adventure find year-round sunshine perfect for golf, tennis, fishing and paddling. Thanks to the area’s temperate climate, Tampa Bay boasts nearly 100 pristine golf courses. Fishing charters offer anglers access to one of Florida’s top sport-fishing playgrounds. Urban-chic shopping is another popular attraction in Tampa Bay. Attendees can enjoy browsing everything from quaint local boutiques to exclusive luxury retailers. Just 20 minutes from downtown, the new Tampa Premium Outlets offers name brands at serious discounts. The shopping scene also includes luxurious International Plaza, upscale WestShore Plaza, and Hyde Park Village, a cherished hub of retail shops and fine dining in South Tampa’s toniest neighborhood. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ® theme park provides Florida's best thrill rides and safari animal encounters. The Florida Aquarium gets you up close with sea turtles and sharks—plus interactive programs like wild dolphin tours. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo offers the chance to study more Florida species than any other zoo in the state. Food is a revered part of Bay area culture. Renowned fine-dining hotspots serve aged steaks, catch-of-the-day seafood, farm-to-table entrees, and lavish libations. And the settings are just as fine as the flavors. Choose from waterfront bistros, historic Ybor City cafes, or the old-school glamour of Bern’s Steak House. The spaces and accommodations found in Tampa Bay are ready-made to serve perfectly designed business events. So indulge your attendees’ appetite for discovery. Give them the most Florida—all in one unique waterside destination.


Florida's Most Convention Connections

Multiple dates available

Discover Tampa Bay Treasures

01/01/2019 – 12/31/2020

Bonus for Bookings Incentive

01/01/2019 – 12/31/2020

Need dates

  • 04/10/202004/17/2020
  • 05/21/202005/30/2020
  • 06/26/202007/05/2020


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Distance from airport

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    9.66 km from city center


Local Attractions

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10 mi. away
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of exotic animal encounters, world-class thrill rides and live entertainment. Offering exclusive private events for groups of 50 to 10,000+, Busch Gardens is the perfect spot for meetings, company picnics, holiday parties, and even exclusive area rentals and park buyouts. With 335 acres of team building and exciting adventures, the park has 6 meeting spaces with the largest being 41,000 square feet.
10165 N McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Bayshore Boulevard

2 mi. away
Outdoor enthusiasts and exercise fanatics alike will enjoy a visit to Bayshore Boulevard, the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles. Joggers, runners, skaters and bikers all flock to the 10-foot-wide strip of pavement to enjoy sunshine and views of the water on one side and multi-million dollar homes that line the opposing side of the street. Bayshore Boulevard starts at Columbus Statue Park and ends at Gandy Boulevard.

Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk is one of the newest destinations in the city. The 14,600-square-foot pedestrian walkway overlooks the Hillsborough River and conveniently connects the Florida Aquarium and Channelside Bay Plaza to the History Center, Tampa Convention Center and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, an eight-acre park featuring two fountains, a playground, public boat docks, a dog park, seat terraces, a pavilion and a café. Take advantage of the city's bike-share program to get you to any of the other downtown offerings.

David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts

1 mi. away
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts provides world-class entertainment, ranging from lavish Broadway shows to classical music and rock concerts. It is the largest facility of its kind in the southeastern United States. The 300,000-square-foot Straz Center has 18 meeting rooms, with maximum seating in each theatre reaching 2,600. In-house catering is available, along with a 25,000-square-foot outdoor facility. The venue can accomodate a maximum of 45 8x10 booths.

Ybor City

Historical landmark
3 mi. away
Northeast of downtown Tampa lies the Historic Latin Quarter of Ybor City, once referred to as the "Cigar Capital of the World" and now known as Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter. Founded by Don Vincente Martinez-Ybor in 1885, the city began as a cigar-manufacturing center and is the only neighborhood on Florida's west coast to be designated a National Historic Landmark District. Now visitors can find the largest collection of buildings related to the cigar industry in America amongst the red brick structures and narrow streets lined with wrought-iron balconies, as well as a plethora of stores, restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs. The Ybor City Museum offers exhibits on the history of Ybor, the cigar industry and the life of immigrants who first settled in Ybor.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

8 mi. away
Enjoy a 24/7 casino with 4,500 slot machines, 50 poker tables, 250 hotel rooms, spa and fitness center, a Hard Rock store, restaurants, multiple bars and nightclub.

The Florida Aquarium

1 mi. away
Immerse yourself in one of the top family-friendly aquariums in the country with interactive programs like the "Wild Dolphin Cruise" and "Close Up Critters" or take a peek behind the scenes with a shark feeding or penguin encounter. From elegant sit-down dinners, to day and night cruises, to strolling receptions through the many immersive exhibits, The Florida Aquarium is the perfect setting for any event. Host an exclusive event aboard the Bay Spirit II Catamaran Charter to experience great food and entertainment as you sail across the Bay. The Florida Aquarium's newest event space in the Mosaic Center boasts beautiful views of the bustling Harbor Island, Garrison Channel and the Channel District while providing an elegant space, first-class service and delicious menu options for your next meeting or event. Accommodating 3,000 guests for the maximum reception capacity, The Florida Aquarium offers in-house catering and 20,000 square feet of outdoor facilities.
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

7 mi. away
Situated 10 minutes north of downtown Tampa, ZooTampa at Lowry Park was voted the number one best zoo for kids by Parents Magazine. The Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals and famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. The Zoo brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Guests get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays and more! The Zoo also cares for the most diverse group of Florida wildlife anywhere, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation. Families can also splash in water play areas, feel thrills on rides and take in educational shows.

Convention Centers

  • Tampa Convention Center

    Tampa Convention Center located directly on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Tampa, hosts a variety of conventions, tradeshows, and other special events year-round. The 600,000 square foot building offers 200,000 square feet of exhibit space.

    • Exhibit Space18,581 sq. m
      Total meeting space86,046 sq. m


Additional Information

* Tampa International Airport is ranked among the top airports in the world and connects over 70 cities with non-stop service and is 7 miles away from downtown Tampa * 21,000 hotel rooms, including golf resorts, city center, airport and boutique properties * Waterfront 600,000 square foot convention center with 2,720 committable rooms within walking distance * Two mile Tampa Riverwalk, a waterfront pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the convention center, hotels, entertainment options, cultural venues, green spaces and attractions * Seamless accessibility with our air-conditioned electric streetcar line * Historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City, is the best place to enjoy a Tampa original cuban sandwich and experience historic culture, shopping, museums, excellent cuisine and exciting nightlife * Thrilling attractions, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, The Florida Aquarium and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo * World-famous dining from Columbia Restaurant to Bern's Steak House * 21,000 seat arena, Amalie Arena, in downtown Tampa * 65,000 seat Raymond James Stadium in the westshore district * Over 90 golf courses to choose from