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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.

The Sparkman House Luxury Bed & Breakfast.

Plant City is known for its unique charm, as well as its celebration of its history. The Sparkman House Luxury Bed & Breakfast, located in the Historic District of Plant City, offers visitors the chance to experience history within its walls. The 1905 ...

St Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

Did you know St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has been in business since 1941? Pinellas Army Airfield was built as a WWII Army Flight Training Base for a combat training unit flying P-40’s and P-51’s during WWII. The original terminal buildin ...

Summer Nights Add Excitement at Busch Gardens.

THE THRILLS GO LATE, THE FUN LASTS LONGER! Experience fireworks and thrilling rides like the all-new Tigris at Summer Nights.  As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights from now through mid August. It’ ...

Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Presented by The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre The Pink Floyd concert has been delayed. Check back soon for new concert dates! Since March 1921, The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (then known as Capitol Theatre) has been a fixture i ...

Hyde Park Village.

Hyde Park Village with its tree-lined streets and brick walkways has been delighting local visitors for years. With an impressive array of retail stores, restaurants, theaters and events featuring live music and other entertainment, the lovely outdoor sho ...

Safford House Museum Tour.

Tour the Safford House Museum of this late 19th century restored Victorian home. Check out one of the Bay area’s members of the National Register of Historic Places on tours available Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is free for Tarpon Arts members and ...

Tampa Bay’s LGBT Pride Celebration.

Brings Thousands to St. Petersburg June 21-23, 2019 This event in Destination Tampa Bay has already taken place. Here is the information about the event in 2019. Make sure to check back for our featured events for details on next year’s event. Two h ...

Opa! Palooza Greek Festival.

The Opa! Palooza Greek Festival was a great success. It was all about Greek to me! Many celebrated the famous reek heritage and culture at the Opa! Palooza Greek Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14- 16 2019. The event took place at the famous ...

Love, Lies and The Doctor’s Dilemma.

Tarpon Springs Cultural Center Did you know that the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center was originally the city’s first City Hall? Built in 1915, The Cultural Center, located at 101 South Pinellas Avenue, served for over 70 years in that function until 1987 ...

Hammock Park Butterfly Count.

Enjoy a unique outdoor experience at the Hammock Butterfly Count as part of this special event presented by Friends of the Hammock. Expert Tim Adams will conduct a butterfly count at Dunedin’s Hammock Park and the public is invited to be there. For more ...

World Oceans Day Celebration.

Grand Opening of Moon Bay Check out The Florida Aquarium’s new addition, Moon Bay opening in conjunction with World Oceans Day Celebration where they had their recent Grand Opening of Moon Bay. This latest exhibit at the attraction offers guests an oppo ...

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