Tampa Bay Buzz
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February
2015
Travel writers honor Visit Tampa Bay
It's a major award! The North American Travel Journalists Association like us here at Visit Tampa Bay. They really like us. This morning they announced that they had awarded us their Grand Prize for destination marketing organizations for 2014. They also gave us a Gold Award for our new website, which we redesigned and relaunched in 2013, and a Silver Award for our work with social media and marketing to promote the International Indian Film Academy awards program when it came to Tampa Bay for four days last April. This is a big honor, and we're humbled to receive it. We have worked hard as company over the past couple years to create a...
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14 Reasons to Visit Tampa Bay

February kicks off Tampa Bay's Gasparilla Season, two months filled with festivals, parades and parties all over the region. Any of these events will help you #UnlockTampaBay.  Lights on Tampa (Feb. 20-21) brings an explosion of creativity to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens. Chicago...

Tampa Convention Center gets more upgrades

Tampa City Council has given its OK for another $1.1 million in improvements to the Tampa Convention Center. The work approved Jan. 22 will replace six of the centers inside escalators. The two outside escalators were replaced last year. The escalator replacement is part of $14.6 million in upgrades...

Here's how you conquer Gasparilla

Avast, ye scum! Gasparilla --  Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party kicks off next week when Jose Gaspar and his band of ruffians will sail their ship once more into the heart of the city, then lead the third-largest parade down scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Here’s what you need to know to make this year...

Come on, Chicago -- unlock Tampa Bay

The giant black banners that hang on the walls of buildings in the heart of Chicago tell a pretty simple story: "Don't just visit. Take over." Visit Tampa Bay's awesome logo -- a keyhole and crossed keys, suggesting a treasure chest (and maybe a certain type of person who buries treasure chests) --...

2015 Outback Bowl: ESPN2 ratings peak

The folks at the Outback Bowl report the 2015 game on New Year's Day racked the highest-ratings and the biggest audience in ESPN2's history. The game at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium ended with No. 17 Wisconsin beating No. 19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime after a back-and-forth battle. The telecast...

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...

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...