Tampa Bay Is Where Dynamic Meetings Come Together Nearly Effortlessly

August 7, 2023

Exclusively Sponsored by Visit Tampa Bay

With an award-winning airport, cutting-edge venues, a vibrant array of amenities and innovative tech grants, Tampa Bay can transform your meeting into an unforgettable success story.   

Celebrated service for air travelers from around the world.  

Occupying the number two spot on the J.D. Power North America Airport Satisfaction Study, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is home to world-class service. And now it can bring an even wider range of attendees to your meeting.  

The crown jewel of your meeting.  

Now meetings at the waterfront Tampa Convention Center are even more scenic — with the completion of 18 new meeting rooms overlooking the water. Spanning two levels, the 18,000- square-foot addition featuring a terrace is the latest in a series of $38 million in upgrades to the cutting-edge venue.  

In addition to the new floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views, the flexible design provides a variety of configurations including an extension of exhibit hall space. Plus, future updates to Tampa Convention Center include upgrading elevators and escalators, adding new local food and beverage options as well as updating the building’s façade.  

Already the crown jewel of Tampa Bay’s walkable, waterfront downtown convention district, Tampa Convention Center is located along the Tampa Riverwalk. This 2.6-mile pedestrian walkway conveniently links celebrated attractions, award-winning dining, modern hotels and more to create a meeting experience that’s easy to access and innovative.  

Bringing together a world-class Convention District. 

Running right past Tampa Convention Center, the Tampa Riverwalk conveniently links many must-experience destinations along one easy-to-access path. With 2.6 miles of scenic waterfront views, stroll or bike to celebrated museums, beautiful parks, award-winning restaurants and unique attractions, such as The Florida Aquarium on the path’s south end. For an even more adventurous experience, rent a standup paddle board, or take the Pirate Water Taxi. 


Savor new tastes.  

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 25.  

Plus, Tampa Bay offers two Instagram-worthy food halls, Sparkman Wharf and Heights Public Market at Armature Works, with fresh Gulf seafood and an array of award-winning local craft beer.  

An array of new ways to stay.  

There’s a hotel option for every attendee with the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street that boasts sprawling views, a rooftop pool and 100,000 square feet of event space. Searching for a unique boutique hotel? Look no further than the new Hotel Haya just minutes from downtown aboard the free streetcar. With midcentury Cuban flair, Hotel Haya features wraparound balconies, stunning artwork and innovative menus, all in historic Ybor City.  

Sustainability meets wellness.  

Outside the venue, the innovative Water Street Tampa neighborhood is the first in the world to earn WELL Certification for integrating sustainability and wellness into buildings and pedestrian spaces. There are extra wide sidewalks to promote foot traffic, water bottle refilling stations, recycling bins and buildings with cutting-edge energy conservation.  

Explore more: Discover more at TampaMeetings.com today.  

Adam DePiro 

Vice President of Convention Sales 

P: (813) 342-4061 


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Every day, MGM Resorts hosts organizations and individuals from around the world with a diverse array of business purposes, needs and expectations. But they all have one thing in common—a host committed to making their meetings sustainable and unforgettable through close partnership and responsible meeting practices. Harnessing the Sun Meetings at MGM Resorts are predominantly powered by the sun, thanks to its innovative 100-megawatt solar array. As the largest directly sourced renewable electricity project in the hospitality industry, the solar array features 323,000 panels and produces up to 100% of MGM Resorts’ daytime power needs in Las Vegas.* Built in 2021, the solar array reduces the carbon footprint of meetings—and all of MGM Resorts—while still delivering an enlightening and electrifying guest experience. Leading Water Stewardship Knowing water is essential to operations, guests and employees, MGM Resorts has long employed various conservation measures and has doubled down on its commitment in recent years to become a leading corporate water steward. In 2022, MGM Resorts President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle signed the CEO Water Mandate, a United National Global Compact, becoming the first gaming company to endorse the initiative. The company replaced more than 200,000 square feet of real grass with drought-tolerant landscaping in Las Vegas and pledged to reduce water use by 33% by 2025 and by 35% by 2030. Between 2007 and 2022, MGM Resorts saved more than 6 billion gallons of water through water conservation. Fostering Diversity, Equity & Inclusion MGM Resorts serves a world of diverse people, perspectives and experiences by cultivating a workforce culture that embraces all of humanity. From mindful recruitment and hiring practices to meaningful social responsibility initiatives, MGM Resorts is a welcoming and inclusive space for veterans, individuals with disabilities, people from diverse backgrounds, LGBTQ+ community members and more. The company’s commitment to supplier diversity drives innovation by extending competitive opportunities to local and diverse-owned suppliers, while the MGM Resorts Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program provides diverse-owned businesses tools and resources to enhance and grow their businesses. Paying it Forward MGM Resorts knows that great companies must serve the greater good. That’s why paying it forward is part of its approach to meetings and events. Through the Feeding Forward Program, MGM Resorts collects and preserves unserved and untouched food from conventions held at its properties, then safely donates to food-insecure people through a partnership with Three Square, Southern Nevada’s primary food bank. Since 2016, MGM Resorts has donated more than 3.7 million meals, with a goal of 5 million meal donations by 2025. Donations include unserved perishable prepared foods from events, perishable unprepared food from MGM Resorts’ kitchens and nonperishable food items from minibars and warehouses. From world-class venues and experiences to industry leading responsible meeting practices, MGM Resorts is proud to host meaningful and sustainable events. *Not including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas