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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.

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Consider a Day Trip to Punta Gorda This Holiday.

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