Tampa Bay Buzz
13
January
2015
Epicurean joins Tampa Bay TAG hotels
Add Tampa Bay's Epicurean Hotel to the area's list of gay-friendly hotels. The South Tampa hotel earned its TAG certification in September, joining a list of eight TAG-approved hotels. To earn TAG certification, hotels have to agree not to discriminate against LGBT people in their employment policies, to actively reach out to gay and lesbian travelers and to provide an environment friendly to LGBT travelers. The Epicurean, which opened in 2014 in the tony Hyde Park section of Tampa, hosted a group wedding for 11 same-sex couples on Jan. 9, three days after same-sex marriage became legal in Florida. "The TAG certification shows we're open for...
Tampa Bay Hotel Updates

Tampa International starts expansion

Tampa International Airport, Tampa Bay's gateway to the world, has kicked off its $1 billion renovation and expansion. Airport officials shut down one of the two shuttle lines serving Airside A and Airside C on Thursday morning. If you're traveling to Tampa Bay by way of those airsides in the coming...

Busch Gardens unpacks a pachyderm

There's a new tusker in town at Busch Gardens Tampa. Ganesh (aka Spike), a male Asian elephant, has settled into the theme park's wildlife collection after relocating from the Calgary Zoo in Canada. He's joining the five female Asian elephants Busch Gardens Tampa already has on display in the...

South Tampa's Ava now serves lunch

Looking for a new lunch place? Try Ava. South Tampa's newest restaurant is now open for lunch at 718 S. Howard Ave. Less than two months after pulling back the curtain on his piece of Tampa Bay's trendy SoHo area, principal owner Michael Stewart has expanded his offerings beyond dinner. "We've got...

Come get married in Tampa Bay

As of midnight, gay marriage is official in Florida. In Tampa Bay, same-sex couples are lining up at local courthouses to get their licenses and get hitched. Tampa and Hillsborough County are welcoming, progressive communities and the perfect place for LGBT couples to make wedding and honeymoon...

Conde Nast honors Le Meridien Tampa

Downtown's Le Meridien Tampa hotel has racked up another win. The new hotel is listed as one of the top places to stay in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. "An old courthouse converted to hotel in the center of town. The update couldn't have landed in better hands than the folks at Le Meridien,"...

15 reasons to visit Tampa Bay in 2015

The Outback Bowl kicked off another busy year in Tampa Bay, with loads of new things to see, do and eat. If you're local, 2015 is the year to explore your hometown like a tourist. And if you're a tourist, 2015 is the year you should take over Tampa Bay. Here are some good places to start: Lights on...

Check out our first national TV spot

The Outback Bowl won’t be the only Tampa Bay event making the national airwaves on New Year’s Day. Visit Tampa Bay will unveil its first national television commercial that same day. The 30-second commercial will premier during the Outback Bowl on ESPN. “We’re excited to be taking our efforts on...