Monday, June 11, 2007

Celebrating arts and attractions

Each year the Tampa Bay CVB plans the National Tourism Week luncheon as a showcase for all that we offer as a destination.

This year’s luncheon celebrated arts and attractions, two of this area’s key hospitality industries, and was staged at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Lowry Park, Busch Gardens, the Plant Museum, TBPAC and the Florida Aquarium each were featured, including a duet by two stars of “Disney’s The Lion King,” which is returning to TBPAC May 8-June 22, 2008. Check out the photos from the event here.

CVB President and CEO Paul Catoe praised the location, a slightly different venue but perfect for the “un-luncheon” envisioned by the event planning committee.

“But what better place to hold a luncheon than at one of the signature cultural hot spots in the Tampa Bay Area, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center,” Catoe said. “This spectacular venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is a perfect reason why Tampa Bay is becoming a hub for tourism through Florida and the United States.”

CVB chairman Greg Yadley echoed those sentiments.

“Tampa Bay is proud to be home to cultural and historic hot spots like the Tampa Bay performing Arts Center,” he said. “The value of the arts in Tampa Bay can be seen throughout the area. From dance and music to theater and the visual art, the arts give the community and its members a unique means of expression, capturing its passion and emotion. Your commitment to supporting the Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and cultural tourism in the Tampa Bay area serves as proof of your commitment to helping your community become a thriving cultural tourism destination.” – MichaelK/TBPAC


Anonymous said...

I visit Tampa quite often but, unfortunately, I've never been to the TBPAC. When I visit, I usually stay at the Chase Suites, located at 3075 N. Rocky Point Drive. Is there something closer to the Arts Center?

David J. said...

Absolutely. There are many hotels in Downtown Tampa. There is a Howard Johnson's across the street, a Raddison and a Marriott just a block a way, the Westin Harbor Island on the other side of Downtown and several others in between!

Anonymous said...

Very nice. The Westin sounds good. Thanks!