MSC Cruises, a Switzerland-based cruise line, announced Thursday that it will add Tampa as a new homeport starting in November 2020. To read more about the advantages in Brent Ward's article, Click Here!
Marriott International, the world's largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020. They'll be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the hotel. Read more on how they plan to accomplish this task, Click Here!
As tourism analyst Chris Klauda was on her way from Tennessee to Tampa, she chatted with a fellow traveler: "a classic millennial." "She told me Tampa was the new Miami," Klauda said during a Thursday morning presentation to a group of Hillsborough County hoteliers. To Read more on this, Click Here!
Now that the hotel industry has largely embraced bans on plastic straws, one major hotel group aims to eliminate the next set of plastic targets: mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and the like. To read more about the steps they are willing to take, Click Here!
If Orlando-based lawyer John Morgan has his way, millions of Florida workers could be getting a raise. To read more about how he is going to accomplish this, Click Here!
Three weeks ahead of schedule, Coastal Construction paused Wednesday to mark the topping off of the 26-story JW Marriott hotel in Water Street Tampa and serve the 400 construction workers on the job a lunch of barbecued pork and chicken. To read more on the their progress, Click Here!
More than 30 years later, the Seminoles and executives Hard Rock International paused to mark how far they've come together. A $720 million expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is scheduled to be done Oct. 3, with a celebratory concert by country music superstar Keith Urban in the casino's new event [...]
Hillsborough County will increase the tax rate on overnight stays at local hotels by 1 percent (from 5 to 6 percent) joining other counties designated as high-impact tourism areas. Only counties generating yearly hotel tax revenues of $600 million or more are eligible to increase taxes collected on hotel rooms by an additional 1 percent. [...]
TAMPA — The Westin Tampa Bay sold for $57.6 million, according to a deed recorded Friday with the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The sale of the 244-room hotel in Tampa's Rocky Point area was announced last week but the price was not disclosed then. To read more on this article by Susan [...]
There’s an assumption among Rays’ stadium supporters in Tampa that Hillsborough County’s newly-increased bed tax is a guaranteed $6+ million a year to help finance a new ballpark in Ybor City. However, several county commissioners are privately casting doubt on that assumption, as there are a lot of things those tax dollars can fund other than a [...]