If you’re searching for the perfect city to host your meeting, we have good news. The hidden gem you’re looking for isn’t actually hidden at all. It’s Tampa Bay, Florida. And it offers a treasure trove of savings, resources, and reasons that attendees will love coming to your meeting.
Abundant Accommodations, Just Paces Away
At the heart of your meeting experience is the Tampa Bay Treasure Collection. This unique collection of 13 hotels features everything from nationally adored big-brand hotels to luxurious boutique properties. And it’s located in the walkable, waterfront, downtown convention district just a few miles away from Ybor City — a bustling center of Cuban culture and historic nightlife.
Among the many standout properties in the Treasure Collection is the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. Next door to the Tampa Convention Center, with a bold silhouette along the Garrison Channel on the Tampa Riverwalk, the hotel overlooks Tampa Bay and offers 50,000 square feet of meeting space, a grand ballroom, award-winning restaurants, and a rooftop pool.
Mixing contemporary culture with European heritage, Le Méridien Tampa has transformed the historic former federal courthouse into an inspiring 130-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. This AAA Four Diamond hotel features luxurious accommodations, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and four meeting rooms totaling 4,800 square feet.
A Built-In Treasure Map
One of the most distinctive features of the convention district is the Tampa Riverwalk. This 2-mile pedestrian space conveniently links the Tampa Convention Center, hotels, museums, restaurants, parks, and other attractions like gems on a string.
Attendees can walk, bike, kayak, or water-bike to a variety of new adventures. At the Florida Aquarium, you can pet stingrays, get up close with exotic aquatic wildlife, and even swim with sharks! Then, top it all off with an immersive 4-D moviegoing experience that mixes 3-D educational movies with surprise special effects such as rumbling seats, water mist, wind, scents, and more.
For attendees seeking water activities, there are plenty of options right along the Tampa Riverwalk. After a quick lesson, visitors can rent eBoats by the Sail Pavilion and captain their own electric boat through the downtown waterways. Another great option for fun on the water is renting a two-person mini-powerboat from Riverwalk Boating Co.
Culture and Nightlife of Historic Proportions
From Cuban culture to night spots, Ybor City has new discoveries around every corner of its bustling urban boulevards. The unique neighborhood was founded 130 years ago by Cuban and Spanish cigar workers. By day, you can stroll the streets and experience Cuban culture at its finest, with authentic cuisine, hand-rolled cigars, and more. And at night, the neighborhood transforms into a paradise of nightlife, featuring chic dance clubs, craft breweries, comedy clubs, and more. Everywhere you turn, Ybor City has something new to explore.
With all this and more, it’s easy to see why Tampa Bay is home to Florida’s most treasured meetings.