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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.

Explore Florida’s Natural Wonders.

While Glamping! Too often we categorize Florida as the land of Disney theme parks and partying on South Beach. Well yes, these things exist and they’re widely enjoyed, but what about the natural side of Florida? After all, it is a massive state packed w ...

Saddle Creek Park Nature Trail.

This unique find in urban Lakeland is yet another place to visit in the greater Destination Tampa Bay area!  This Nature Trail is part of the REAL Florida series we have been bringing to our readers all over the world…giving them yet another reason to ...

The New Fenway Hotel Scheduled to Launch.

The historic boutique Fenway Hotel is well on its way to opening as the new Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. Led by Joe Collier, president of Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development, special guests recently got a sneak peek at the reconstruction project th ...

Keep Pinellas Beautiful: FREE Workshops for Teens.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful is offering its summer workshop series for the third year in a row! They will hold three FREE week-long Youth Environmental Leadership Programs for students in grades 9-12 to participate in hands-on skill-building activities. Enr ...

VISIT FLORIDA Launches “Keys to Summer”.

 Campaign to Highlight the Florida Keys Today VISIT FLORIDA launched its “Keys to Summer” campaign to highlight the bright, beautiful and brilliant experiences of the Florida Keys. The integrated campaign will include marketing efforts across ...

Let’s Ride!.

Three area trails offer bicyclists a choice of easy outdoor getaways. The Safety Harbor area offers numerous opportunities for bicycling enthusiasts to enjoy easy recreational rides filled with scenic beauty and native wildlife. Three outstanding rides ca ...

Welcome to Myakka River State Park.

One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. ...

Autograph Collection Member: Fenway Hotel.

Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development has announced a target opening date of September 2018 for the new Fenway Hotel. A member of the Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), the boutique historic hotel is located at 45 ...

John Chestnut Senior Park.

This park is home to various wildlife including raccoons, alligators, various waterfowl, hawks, vultures, tortoises/turtles, and more. This provides many pleasant hours for nature enthusiasts and families.  Lake Tarpon, immediately adjacent, is five mile ...

Welcome to Little Manatee River State Park.

The Little Manatee River begins in a swampy area near Fort Lonesome and flows almost 40 miles before emptying into Tampa Bay. The river has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water and is part of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve.  Nature enthusiast ...

A Perfect Beach Wedding at Shephard’s Beach Resort.

There’s something special about a beach wedding – the beauty of palm trees, powder white sand and aquamarine water sparkling in the background, the tranquility of soft ocean breezes, the sound of the surf. Perhaps it represents the beginning of a beau ...

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