More than 1.2 million Floridians work in the leisure and hospitality industry, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Between Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, local tourism bureaus estimate more than 150,000 people are employed by the hospitality industry. At least they were, before the outbreak. To read more about next steps and measures, [...]
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Starting on Aug. 1, 2020, Hillsborough County will increase the tax on overnight stays at local hotels from 5% to 6% due to the increase of tourism Tampa has faced these past few years. The executive director of the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association, Bob Morrison, urged commissioners of the Hillsborough County to support [...]
At the HCHMA Board meeting, we addressed where we have been and where we as an organization are going. For your consideration, please review Never Stand Still.
While overall wine sales have slowed in recent years, at least in the United States, oenophiles have started to consume more — and demand — better quality wines. To attract this traveler, hotels and resorts are increasingly ordering private-label bottles, producing their own and ramping up wine-centric experiences. For more on these oenophile experiences, Click Here!
Last year, Tampa International Airport created the The All-Access program, which allowed Tampa Bay residents to enjoy its airside restaurants on Saturdays. Earlier today, TPA announced that this popular airside dining initiative will now be available everyday. To read more on Kyla Fields article, Click Here!
Tampa Sports Authority - 2019 HCHMA Annual Meeting Speaker Highlights TCC Renovations
Locals have long professed their love for Tampa International Airport, but one ranking has officially moved TPA up to first class. The Wall Street Journal called Tampa International the best among midsize airports in its annual survey ranking the best large and midsize airports in the country. The results were released Wednesday. To read more of Brandon Meyer's article, Click [...]
More than a century after Plant died, historians are still uncovering information about the man who was instrumental in Tampa’s development. To honor him, the Henry B. Plant Museum on the University of Tampa campus will host a special lecture and book signing, and, of course, serve birthday cake on October 27 at 2 p.m. [...]
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!