Takeover Tampa Bay, a waterfront city where pirates and celebrations are a part of the culture and you’ll also find first-class accommodations, unique venues, delicious cuisine, rich heritage and an array of only-in-Tampa-Bay things to do when your meeting day is over.
Walk the plank, better known as the Tampa Riverwalk, and discover untold treasures like the distinctive waterfront Tampa Convention Center. Located seven miles from Tampa International Airport, the 600,000-square-foot center features flexible space and functionality. Lined with hotels, unique meetings venues, green spaces, museums and even a water taxi, the Riverwalk links many downtown amenities, giving convention and meeting attendees an exciting, walkable and scenic way to experience Tampa’s urban vibe.
Along your journey through Tampa’s convention district, be sure to run aground at the recently-renovated multipurpose 21,000-seat Tampa Bay Times Forum, The Florida Aquarium and even catch a dinner cruise on the Yacht StarShip. Nearby, the award-winning Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay History Center and Straz Center for the Performing Arts round out some of the best off-site venues in Florida.
When the meetings are over, board the TECOline Streetcar System over to Ybor City, Tampa’s historic Latin Quarter. This legendary neighborhood was first established in 1886, and later became known as the “Cigar Capital of the World.” Decorated with old-world architecture, be sure to stop for a Cuban sandwich, a Tampa original. By night the district transforms into the area’s premier entertainment district with hip nightspots that offer everything from original bands to epic dance parties.
From pirate invasions to the Republican National Convention, Tampa Bay has a history of takeovers and a community that embraces them. We have everything you need to conquer with ease. When you’re in Tampa, you’re in command.
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401 E Jackson Street
Suite 2100, Tampa, FL 33602
Type of Destination Experience:
GSF Exhibit Space (Tampa Convention Center): 200,000
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Saddlebrook Resort - Tampa): 95,000
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (St. Petersburg Times Forum): 40,000
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina): 717
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 2,760
Tampa International Airport
Miles to downtown 7
Cities with non-stop flights72
International cities with direct flights
Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
Miles to downtown 17
Cities with non-stop flights72
International cities with direct flights8
Geographic Areas Served:
Sun City Center
Why Meet in Tampa
Affordable: Starting with our award-winning Tampa International Airport which features some of the lowest fares in the country to a variety of hotels and facilities that can fit any budget!
"Most Invaders walk the plank. Ours get the red carpet" Whether you are searching for a venue on the water or 10 feet under, our unique spaces and locally owned restaurants give you everything you need to conquer with ease.
"We don't resist takeovers. We salute them" With signature services like luggage pickup and delivery to authentic local culinary experiences, our waterfront convention center will take care of your crew from arrival to departure. So, whether you're looking to host 500 or 50,000 we provide everything you need because when you're in Tampa, you're in command.