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Welcome to Destination Tampa Bay™ a great place travel to for a great visit. Here you will find ideal destinations for entertainmentsport and other recreational activities. At Destination Tampa Bay, we aim to help all visitors and residents of the area get local information about the various events, sporting activities and tourist attractions that can be found in the many active and thriving communities from Tampa to Clearwater to St. Petersburg and points in between that make up Destination Tampa Bay™.  Plus Destination Tampa Bay™ has some of the best beaches in the world! 

VISIT TAMPA BAY

Welcome to Destination Tampa Bay™ a great place travel to for a great visit. Here you will find ideal destinations for entertainmentsport and other recreational activities. At Destination Tampa Bay, we aim to help all visitors and residents of the area get local information about the various events, sporting activities and tourist attractions that can be found in the many active and thriving communities from Tampa to Clearwater to St. Petersburg and points in between that make up Destination Tampa Bay™.  Plus Destination Tampa Bay™ has some of the best beaches in the world! 

Visit Tampa Bay reports its first-ever $4 million in the month of May in the history of its tourist development collections. May collections, reflecting April, totaled $4,001,405, a 22.05% increase over the previous record set in May 2019. This takes tourist development collections for the first eight months of the fiscal year to $21,685,010, a 12.67% decrease over the same period in the previous year. 

“In just one year, we have gone from the worst April in our history to the best April in our history,” says Santiago C. Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “This speaks volumes to the resilience of our tourism and hospitality industry, the benefits of strategically relocating meetings business to Tampa Bay and the impact of our recovery advertising campaign to our leisure audience.”

In the month of April, Tampa Bay occupancy ranked ahead of the national and State average with the U.S. totaling 57.5%, the State totaling 71.5% and Tampa Bay totaling 77%. And despite having more hotel supply than ever before, leisure business ramped up for Memorial Day Weekend (Friday through Monday visitation) averaging 80.6% hotel occupancy in Hillsborough County, a 13.5% increase over the same holiday period in 2019. 

Visit Tampa Bay’s recovery campaign has generated 83.1 million impressions, bringing in $50.3 million in incremental hotel bookings since October. The growth continues in the meetings sector as Tampa Bay continues to host high-profile meetings such as Destinations International’s CEO Summit and the upcoming Connect Marketplace in August, along with a dozen relocated meetings from larger cities.


ABOUT VISIT TAMPA BAY:

The heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast beats in Tampa Bay. Visit Tampa Bay encourages adventurous travelers to unlock sun, fun and culture in Florida’s most diverse travel destination. As a not-for-profit corporation certified by Destinations International’s Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP), they work with hundreds of partners to tell the world the story of Tampa Bay. Treasure awaits. Content above provided by Visit Tampa Bay.

Historic Kenwood & Bungalowfest.

Historic Kenwood & Bungalowfest 2019 is a year long celebration of this charming historic place right here in Destination Tampa Bay! In 1912, Kenwood developer Charles Hall who arrived from Philadelphia bought 160 acres of avocado groves just two mile ...

Behind the Beer.

The Story Behind Cigar City Brewing MEET THE NEIGHBORS ~ SHOP LOCAL at Cigar City Brewing! Meet the heart and soul, and creative minds behind Cigar City Brewing, handcrafting award-winning beer in the Tampa Bay area since 2009: Joey Redner, Founder & ...

George C. McGough Nature Park.

George C. McGough Nature Park is often referred to as the “turtle park,” George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo offers visitors a beautiful escape from the hectic pace and bumper-to-bumper traffic with trails and a boardwalk to explore, a butterfly ga ...

Creatures of the Night.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park Creatures of the Night Returns to Tampa Bay! This is the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season in a unique family-friendly setting at ZooTampa at Lowry Park at this popular October event on its final weekend. Festivities inc ...

Dunedin Stone Crab Festival.

The Dunedin Stone Crab Festival will arrive this Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. This pet-friendly event offers participants an opportunity to meet up with friends and family, enjoy delicious seafood, check out local vendors and artists, list ...

‘Delightful Dunedin’ Named One of Top 8.

Retirement Communities Near Big Cities ‘Delightful Dunedin’ Named One of Top 8…Retirement Communities Near Big Cities. Where To Retire magazine has named the friendly Tampa Bay town of Dunedin as one of only 8 top retirement destinations in ...

Florida State Fairgrounds.

Florida State Fairgrounds has gone through many changes over the years. While the Florida State Fair has been a part of the City of Tampa’s rich entertainment history since 1904, it wasn’t until 1975 that the state legislature declared Tampa’s fair ...

Destination Tampa Bay.

Your Digital Community Magazine Destination Tampa Bay covers a broad range of information that can be helpful to you, whether you reside in the area or you are visiting it for the first time. For example, you will get reviews of some of the best dini ...

The Coliseum in St Pete.

The historic Coliseum became a part of the St. Petersburg landscape in 1924. Over the years, the venue, once called ‘the South’s finest ballroom,’ has undergone a variety of renovations over the years through the City’s own purchase of the space i ...

Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders Kickoff Party 2.0.

Join the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers and Boarders to plan your next get-away! Get information about upcoming ski trips planned in both the U.S. and abroad at this second kickoff event hosted by this local club of snow skiing enthusiasts at the Holiday Inn in Ta ...

Stageworks Theatre.

& The FLOW of Acting Classes Stageworks Theatre has been hailed as one of the area’s most outstanding theater companies and is certainly one of the city’s longest-running, launching in 1983. The venue has provided many opportunities for area perfo ...

Local Club Readies for 50th Year.

For Ski Travel and Social Events Tampa Bay Snow Skiers and Boarders (TBSSB) by Chris Kuhn You can never plan your winter adventures too early. One longtime social club in the Bay area knows this better than most. Celebrating its 50th year, the Tampa Bay S ...

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